You want to lose weight but you also want cake.
You want to get yourself out of debt but you also want new shoes.
You want to start a business but you also want to watch TV.
It’s hard to deal with life’s obstacles when you don’t have self-discipline. Self-discipline requires the ability to defer immediate gratification in the service of a more purposeful goal. This is the ability to project consequences into the future—to think, plan, and live with the bigger picture in mind.
“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. Appropriate rituals channel your emotions and life energy toward the light. Without the discipline to practice them, you will tumble constantly backward into darkness.” Lao-tzu
Make rules for yourself and stick to them. Self-Descipline is like a muscle. Every time you resist the temptation for easy, quick or fun your self-discipline gets a little stronger the next time around.
Give it a try.