Self-discipline is one of the five most important qualities you need to develop as an entrepreneur, whether your business is online or not. You don’t have a supervisor looking over your shoulder to make sure you’re on track. You have no one to report to besides yourself and your customers, but in the early stages it’s only to yourself until you begin making sales. As an entrepreneur, you are your own boss, which is exciting but it requires a great deal more self-discipline than the standard job. Here is a selection of great self-discipline quotes that you will find helpful in pushing you to discipline yourself.
Self-Discipline is Necessary for Achieving Your Goals
“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set.” – James Allen
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.” – Harry S. Truman
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
“You can never conquer the mountain, you can only conquer yourself.” – Jim Whittaker
Negative Experiences and Desire for Success Push You to Develop Self-Discipline
“If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” – William Feather
“The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might and force of habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him – and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires.” – J. Paul Getty
“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” – Napoleon Hill
“You will never always be motivated. You have to learn to be disciplined.” – Unkown
The Power of Self-Discipline
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu
“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” – Horace
“Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” – Gary Keller
“We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett
What is Self-Discipline?
“Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear – and doubt. Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions.” – H.A. Dorfman
“Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.” – Napoleon Hill
“Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results.” – Gary Ryan Blair
“There’s a season for sowing, a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.” Gary Ryan Blair
“Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to do it.” – Unkown
“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Unkown
Whenever you struggle to do what you know you need to do and lack self-discipline, read over these quotes again or recite one that particularly resonated with you. It will help remind you of the importance of self-discipline, so you can push through the resistance. Yes, it will feel unpleasant in the moment, but after the task is complete, you will be rewarded with a sense of pride and accomplishment. You will feel happy that you did what needed to be done and disciplined yourself.
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