260 Discipline Quotes That Will Increase Your Self-Control

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The following discipline quotes are the best I could find. I hope they will help you increase your self-control. And remember: a good life is a disciplined life.

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Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most. Abraham Lincoln Click to tweet

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I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me) Click to tweet

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The more self-discipline you have, the more you do the things you should do, the happier your future self will be. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

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The successful among us delay gratification. The successful among us bargain with the future. Jordan Peterson Click to tweet

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No random actions, none not based on underlying principles. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet


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We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training. Archilochus Click to tweet

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Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast. Hermann Hesse (Siddhartha) Click to tweet

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In the end, you win through superior craftsmanship, not marketing. Robert Greene Click to tweet

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The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant. Do not be ruled by them. Bhagavad Gita Click to tweet

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Do the best one can. Do it over again. Then still improve, even if ever so slightly, those retouches. Marguerite Yourcenar Click to tweet

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The Best Discipline Quotes

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Discipline equals freedom. Jocko Willink Click to tweet

No man is free who cannot command himself. Pythagoras

Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition. W.H. Auden

Excess in anything becomes a fault. Seneca

Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become. Heraclitus

If I don’t have a project, I don’t have any discipline. Marina Abramovic

We require routine and tradition. That’s order. Order can become excessive, and that’s not good, but chaos can swamp us, so we drown – and that is also not good. We need to stay on the straight and narrow path. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life)

You cannot aim yourself at anything if you are completely undisciplined and untutored. Jordan Peterson

How we spend our days is of course how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard

One thousand days of lessons for discipline; ten thousand days of lessons for mastery. Miyamoto Musashi Click to tweet

If there isn’t discipline, how can there be a true realization of an ideal? Miyamoto Musashi

Curb your desire – don’t set your heart on so many things and you will get what you need. Epictetus

What is truly ambitious is to face life and proceed with quiet confidence in spite of the distractions. Ryan Holiday

Freedom and responsibility are two aspects of the same coin. If you are not ready to feel responsible, you will never be free. Osho

The number of people who stand ready to consume one’s time, to no purpose, is almost countless. Booker T. Washington

Society primarily encourages distraction, distraction in every form. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Your first blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great. Your first workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong. Your first meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused. Put in your reps. James Clear

Small things, done consistently in strategic places, create major impact. David Allen

Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time one what is important. Stephen R. Covey

This is the main question, with what activity one’s leisure is filled. Aristotle

Self-discipline raises you, self-control prevents you from falling. @LifeMathMoney

Focus is free but distractions cost you everything. Thibaut

Avoid things the best version of yourself will regret. Shane Parrish

He who conquers his passions is a man of more nerve than he who subdues the enemy. Publius Syrus

To be occupied in what does not concern you is worse than doing nothing. Baltasar Gracián

To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity. Friedrich Nietzsche

Dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. A. J. Heschel

There’s nothing more powerful than paying attention. Jordan Peterson (This is one of my favorite discipline quote. Leave a reply here and let me know what’s yours!)

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What Is Discipline?

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Discipline is remembering what you want. David Campbell Click to tweet

Discipline is your relationship with the time you have left. Barbara McNally

Discipline is being able to force yourself to do something is spite of how you feel, over and over until it becomes a habit. Kim Brenneman

What is discipline? Discipline means creating an order within you. Osho

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn

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The Most Famous Discipline Quotes (Socrates, Napoleon, Buddha, etc.)

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Don’t be overheard complaining… Not even to yourself. Marcus Aurelius Click to tweet

You can’t win the war against the world if you can’t win the war against your own mind. Will Smith

There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind. Buddha

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. Augustine of Hippo

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Benjamin Franklin

While we are postponing, life speeds by. Seneca

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

Not to have control over the senses is like sailing in a rudderless ship, bound to break to pieces on coming in contact with the very first rock. Mahatma Gandhi

My whole system of life is keeping at it. The task of life is not to see clearly in the distance but to do the task at hand. Charlie Munger

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Jim Rohn

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25:28

It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one’s mind is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching. 14th Dalai Lama

Good order and discipline in an army are more to be depended upon than ferocity. Niccolò Machiavelli

How much time are you putting into your highest priorities? Jack Canfield

Every fulfilled dream occurred because of dedication to a process. John C. Maxwell

The way you train reflects the way you fight. People say I’m not going to train too hard, I’m going to do this in training, but when it’s time to fight I’m going to step up. There is no step up. You’re just going to do what you did every day. Georges St-Pierre (GSP)

Self-control is the quality that distinguishes the fittest to survive. George Bernard Shaw

Learn to convert the discomfort of discipline into the satisfaction of personal growth. Tony Robbins

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it. Thomas Jefferson

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Short Discipline Quotes

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There’s no excuse. David Goggins Click to tweet

Discipline over desire. The Stoic Emperor

Nothing is stronger than habit. Ovid

Discipline is money in the bank. Henry Rollins (Get in the Van)

Discipline must come through liberty. Maria Montessori

Don’t get fat at the table of success. Noah Kagan

The disciplined man will ultimately win. Unknown (Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community)

The whole point is to discipline the mind. Swami Vivekananda

I choose to live by choice, not by chance. Miyamoto Musashi

Progress is the pursuit of better process. Jack Butcher

Do what the person you want to be would do. Sahil Lavingia

No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus

How would the person I wish to be act today? James Clear

Amateurs get distracted. Pros just keep going. Maxime Lagacé

Poverty or abundance are the results of habits overtime. Bill Masur

Good choices create leverage. Good habits capitalize on it. James Clear

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Inspirational And Positive Discipline Quotes

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The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day. Gloria Steinem Click to tweet

Concentrate on a single goal, a single task, and beat it into submission. Robert Greene

Such power there is in clear-eyed self-restraint. James Russell Lowell

Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you actually did them every single day – that’s powerful. Jordan Peterson

Practice is the price you pay today to be better tomorrow. James Clear

Every action you take is kind of like a vote for the kind of person you want to become. James Clear

You must be disciplined in thought, word, and deed. Consciously train yourself to do those things that are good for you. Iyanla Vanzant

To understand success, pay less attention to the final product and more to the mundane process. […] The seeds of greatness are planted in the daily grind. Adam Grant

Want to become a writer? Write every day. Want to become a YouTuber? Upload videos every day. Want to learn a new skill? Practice is every day. You become what you do every day. Jose Rosado

Daily affirmations are great. Daily reminders are better. Daily actions are best. Carlos Del Valle (@CGdelvallejr)

If you manage your time like it’s worth a lot of money, it eventually will. Johnny Uzan

Good habits are personal capital. They require investment, but many pay off 1000X over a lifetime. Michael (@mmay3r)

Have goals that are challenging enough to intimidate others. @LifeMathMoney

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier

Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily. Epictetus

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Funny And Surprising Discipline Quotes

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An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan. Warren Buffett Click to tweet

Everyone says that no one gets to their deathbed and thinks, man I wish I worked more, but I don’t think anyone gets to their deathbed and says, man I’m glad I spent all that time skiing in Aspen. Ryan Holiday

Swearing signals a lack of eloquence and emotional control. Naval Ravikant

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Deep Discipline Quotes

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You can be self-disciplined, or you can be a slave. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet

Impatience is a virtue. Self-discipline is another form of self-conflict. Find things that excite you. Naval Ravikant

You become what you give your attention to…If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will. Epictetus

Discipline is the ability to get yourself to do what you don’t want to do. When used occasionally, it keeps you from getting soft. When used frequently, it’s a sign of strategic misalignment. Johnny Uzan

It’s easier to put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today, and drown the upcoming months and years in today’s cheap pleasures. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life)

Understand: like everyone, you think you are rational, but you are not. Rationality is not a power you are born with, but one you acquire through training and practice. Robert Greene

In walking about as you take care not to step on a nail or to sprain your foot, so take care not to damage your own ruling faculty: and if we observe this rule in every act, we shall undertake the act with more security. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

You don’t have the time to meditate because you don’t meditate. You don’t have the energy to exercise because you don’t exercise. You don’t have money to save because you don’t save money. @AscendantPower

Increase your awareness of your own mortality and you will do more of what matters. Unknown

The costs of your good habits are in the present. The costs of your bad habits are in the future. James Clear

Nothing great was ever created without focus and an inability to focus is the fastest way to kill potential. Bill Masur

Discipline when you hate yourself is tyranny. Discipline when you love yourself is the path to freedom. Bill Masur

Freedom is not the ability to do as we please. Freedom is the ability to do as we ought. Adam Chilcott

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Wise Discipline Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus. Robert Greene (Mastery) Click to tweet

Zen is not some kind of excitement but concentration on our usual everyday routine. Shunryu Suzuki

When you know what matters to you, it’s a lot easier to ignore what doesn’t. Shane Parrish (@ShaneAParrish)

One ought not to give way in everything nor to everybody. To know how to refuse is therefore as important as to know how to consent. Baltasar Gracián

Silence is essential. It’s a tool, a sign of wisdom, a sign of self-control and self-discipline. It can be, in some cases, more courageous and fair to bite your tongue than it is to flap it. Ryan Holiday

This can be swiftly taught in very few words: virtue is the only good; there is no certain good without virtue; and virtue resides in our nobler part, which is the rational one. And what can this virtue be? True and steadfast judgment. Seneca

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. Robert Louis Stevenson

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. Marian Wright Edelman

Discipline is persuasion of the self. When you’re ready, you’ll need no persuasion. Andrew Ruiz

Routine and habit are the only reliable tools for improving yourself and your situation. Every single person you think is cool got that way by regularly doing things that made them a better person, whether they felt like it in the moment or not. Thibaut (@kpaxs)

Love the discipline you know, and let it support you. Entrust everything willingly to the gods, and then make your way through life – no one’s master and no one’s slave. Marcus Aurelius

A warrior must subdue himself before he can subdue his enemies. Clear eyes see accurately. The quiet mind thinks calmly. The steady hand strikes decisively. Mad passion flares brightly and quickly burns itself out. Stoke the steady flames of discipline, wisdom, and will. The Stoic Emperor

Discipline comes easy when you give yourself no other options. Carlos Del Valle

We are most free when we are under discipline. Free from being ruled by fleshly impulse and worldly desire. Thibaut

As a society moves from scarcity to abundance, the cultural value that is most likely to be underdeveloped is restraint. Michael (@mmay3r)

Part 1. Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. You get what you repeat. James Clear

Part 2. Your energy is a lagging measure of your sleep habits. Your fitness is a lagging measure of your exercise habits. Your clutter is a lagging measure of your cleaning habits. James Clear

A simple question with potentially wide-reaching implications: Can my current habits carry me to my desired future? James Clear

Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline, but merely the meaningless following of custom, which is only a disguise for stupidity. Rabindranath Tagore

Always imagine yourself on the battlefield under the fiercest attack; never forget this crucial element of training. Morihei Ueshiba

If you want to win, practice virtue. If you win with virtue, your opponent buries himself. Awa Kenzô

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Quotes About Self-Discipline And Self-Control

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It is better, proverbially, to rule your own spirit than to rule a city. Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life) Click to tweet

He watches himself as if he were an enemy and lying in ambush. Epictetus (Enchiridion)

The only person you can control is you. So focus on making yourself who you want to be: Faster. Smarter. Stronger. More humble. Less ego. Jocko Willink

The greatest portion of peace of mind is doing nothing wrong. Those who lack self-control live disoriented and disturbed lives. Seneca

It shows greater self-control to refuse to withdraw oneself, and to do the same things as the crowd, but in a different way. Seneca

True self-discipline is not for the weak-minded. In life we make too many excuses – I don’t live near a gym, don’t have the money for a trainer, my hours at work are crazy, I’m traveling too much, the kids schedules are too hectic, etc. The list is endless. Rather than giving yourself a way out, find a way to make “it” happen. David Goggins

Self-discipline and self-control will determine the quality of your life more than anything else. Self-discipline to make you do what needs to be done. Self-control to keep you from doing what you shouldn’t. Ed Latimore (@EdLatimore)

When you’re working, work. When you’re playing, play. When you’re resting, rest. Too many people try to combine more than one of these. The result is that you’re either unproductive, interfering with your fun, or not re-charging your batteries. You can’t multi-task. Pick one! Ryan Stephens

Self-respects follows self-control and self-discipline. @LifeMathMoney

Exercise authority over yourself, or you will be made to bow to the authority of others. Be your own lord and master. The Stoic Emperor

Obesity is a problem in rich societies. Too much abundance, not enough self-control. The same can be said for “opportunities.” An abundance of opportunity offers many traps. Every yes is a no to everything else you could do. Choose your sacrifices intentionally. The Stoic Emperor

I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control. Tim Ferriss

Conquest over one’s self; in the hour of victory, is a double triumph. Publius Syrus

Don’t buy the book because it’s on sale. Don’t eat the pastries because they’re free. When most of the cost isn’t financial, do not be persuaded by price. Johnny Uzan

In the moment some choices seem small: we eat the chocolate bar, take a shortcut, or cancel a date. However, the accumulation of those tiny decisions adds up over months and years and makes a huge difference. Today’s choices become tomorrow’s reality. Shane Parrish

The longer you delay that thing you know you should do, the more difficult it gets. The easier thing in the short run is often the harder thing in the long run. Pain today, gain tomorrow. Shane Parrish

Learn to control your reactions or you will be puppeteered by anyone capable of provoking you. The Stoic Emperor

Self-discipline is a great time-saver; it is the ability to make yourself work on only those things that are most important to you. Brian Tracy

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Discipline Quotes About Life, Happiness

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Does this thing add value to your life? If your answer is ‘no’, get rid of it. Greg McKeown Click to tweet

We have to rediscover the eternal values and then live them out. Jordan Peterson

It’s a luxury to pursue what makes you happy. It’s a moral obligation to pursue what you find meaningful. Jordan Peterson

He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. Friedrich Nietzsche

The absolutely vital thing is to become capable of enjoyment, of living in the present, and of the discipline which this involves. Alan Watts

People are always looking for shortcuts. The only way to achieve greatness in life is to have patience, consistency, and discipline. David Goggins

Throughout your life you will encounter tedious situations, and you must cultivate the ability to handle them with discipline. Robert Greene (Mastery)

Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on discipline. Jocko Willink

We lead our lives so poorly because we arrive in the present always unprepared, incapable, and too distracted for everything. Rainer Maria Rilke

The more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do. This will let you live and enjoy your life – the life that you want. Ryan Holiday

One principle I live by is I try to create the most amount of progress in the least amount of time. Forces ruthless prioritization and focus. Progress over perfection. Bill Masur

Discipline is the transformation of motivation into habit. Thibaut

Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them. Seneca

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them. John Stuart Mill

If you want to be happy, you have to love yourself, which means you have to discipline your behavior. Will Smith

A well ordered mind is one that can tolerate being in its own company. The Stoic Emperor

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. Richard Moss

A disciplined mind invites true joy. Yongey Mingyur (The Joy of Living)

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Discipline Quotes About Focus, Mental Discipline

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Being indistractable will be the skill of the century. Nir Eyal Click to tweet

Focus, focus, focus. Dilution of effort will crush you. Aaron Levie

Whatever you constantly think about, you will attract into your life. Rhonda Byrne

I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time. Charles Dickens

The Internet makes great teachers widely available. Your opportunity to learn is limited only by your ability to direct your attention. On-demand education can’t easily compete with on-demand stimulation. A disciplined seeker will find no competition among lotus-eaters. The Stoic Emperor

The Paradox of Freedom – the way to expand your freedom is to narrow your focus. Stay focused on saving to achieve financial freedom. Stay focused on training to achieve physical freedom. Stay focused on learning to achieve intellectual freedom. The disciplined become the free. James Clear

You become what you consume. The food you eat will make your body. The information you read will make your mindset. Be intentional about what you put in yourself. Shane Parrish

To be successful at anything you need to reduce your focus to one thing. One thing. That doesn’t mean you can’t do other things. But it does mean you prioritize one thing. Something we are all terrible at. Thibaut

What you choose not to do is as important as what you do, perhaps even more important. The Ancient Sage

No education is worth having that does not teach the lesson of concentration on a task, however unattractive. Cyril Connolly

Concentration is king. Nothing meaningful can be achieved without it. Fateg Singh

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See also: Un-Hooked: Increasing Focus in the Age of Distraction (YouTube video by Nir Eyal)

Quotes About Laziness, Lack of Discipline, Lack of Self-Control

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Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. Augustine of Hippo Click to tweet

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. Friedrich Nietzsche

Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself. Ryan Holiday

Your first task is to look at those emotions that are continually infecting your ideas and decisions. Robert Greene

It is in fact the height of selfishness to merely consume what others create and to retreat into a shell of limited goals and immediate pleasures. Robert Greene (Mastery)

Living an undisciplined life isn’t freedom. It’s the ultimate version of slavery. Fateh Singh

Some of y’all need to be fasting from things other than food: The news, social media, negative people, complaining, worrying, video games, alcohol, drugs. Especially if you can’t go without it. Matt Stephens

Obsession without self-control leads to self-destruction. Bill Masur

Self-control is the root of all virtues which is why modern humans lack virtue. Bill Masur

No one has ever built a legacy consuming. Bill Masur

Good habits are assets. Bad habits are liabilities. What’s in your portfolio? Jack Butcher

You will ascend to the level of your discipline. You will fall to the level of your apathy. Alexander J.A Cortes

May even your hobbies improve your mind and body, and move you further away from the degenerate state of constant consumption. Ed Latimore

It’s not that change is hard. It’s that not changing is easier. Ed Latimore

Let me note all the sickening waste of today, that I shall not be easy with myself and compromise my tomorrows. Susan Sontag

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Discipline Quotes About Perseverance, Determination, Will Power

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Decisions are nothing without execution. Shane Parrish Click to tweet

Amateurs show up inconsistently. Professionals show up every day. Shane Parrish

Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously. Josh Waitzkin (The Art of Learning)

The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success. Maxwell Maltz

Don’t bet on the person who shows occasional flashes of greatness. Bet on the person who delivers day after day. It’s better to be consistently good than intermittently excellent. Results and relationships depend on reliability. Adam Grant

If you want to believe something, keep pounding it into your head until you get it: listen to it, read it, write it, talk about it, think about it. Over and over again, until it’s ingrained into your mind. Influence your own subconscious. Matt Stephens

Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work toward them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other single factor. Brian Tracy

Perhaps the greatest display of self-discipline is persisting when the going gets tough. Persistence is self-discipline in action. Brian Tracy (Flight Plan: The Real Secret of Success)

You don’t want my wealth, you want my work ethic. You don’t want my position, you want my process. @AscendantPower

Willpower is like a muscle; if it’s never used it never grows. If you lack willpower you’ll become a slave to your impulses. You build your willpower by doing hard things. Carlos Del Valle

Consistently do what scares you and you’ll never live a dull day. Carlos Del Valle

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Discipline Quotes About Character

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The discipline of desire is the background of character. John Locke Click to tweet

Men are disturbed not by events but by their opinion about events. Epictetus

To dispute with a drunkard is to debate with an empty house. Publius Syrus

Decide how the person you want to become would act and then act that way. Even when it’s really fuc***g hard. Tom Bilyeu

Every hour focus your mind attentively on the performance of the task in hand, with dignity, human sympathy, benevolence and freedom, and leave aside all other thoughts. You will achieve this, if you perform each action as if it were your last. Marcus Aurelius

No one will enforce discipline on you. You are not a child. You have to do it yourself. If you don’t – then you are no better than a child. @LifeMathMoney

The greater your stress tolerance, the more you will be respected. The lower your stress tolerance, the less you will be respected. If you want to be respected, be low in reactivity, self-disciplined and very good at handling your own emotions. Respect is earned, not given. @TellYourSonThis

Be hard on yourself and forgiving of everyone else. You can’t expect people to live by your standards. You’ll ruin yourself with disappointment. Ed Latimore

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. Brian Tracy

You become mature when you become the authority of your own life. Joseph Campbell

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See also: Marcus Aurelius – How To Build Self Discipline (Stoicism) (YouTube video by Philosophies for Life)

Discipline Quotes About Consistency, Habits, Routines, Daily Discipline

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A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. Annie Dillard Click to tweet

There’s no quick fix or fast pass to success. It doesn’t happen in a day; but it does happen daily. John C. Maxwell

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. John C. Maxwell

The secret of successful working lies in the systemic arrangement of what you have to do. I know of no better way to accomplish a large amount of work. William Osler

Once an action becomes automatic, you now have the mental space to observe yourself as you practice. Robert Greene (Mastery)

I keep this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. Haruki Murakami

A modern stoic knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble. W.H. Auden

Changing habits: Pick one thing. Cultivate a desire. Visualize it. Plan a sustainable path. Identify needs, triggers, and substitutes. Tell your friends. Track meticulously. Self-discipline is a bridge to a new self-image. Bake in the new self-image. It’s who you are, now. Naval Ravikant

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice. Octavia Butler

Results have little to do with the goals we set and nearly everything to do with the systems we follow. Goals are the results we want to achieve. Systems are the processes that lead to those results. If you want results, forget goals. Focus on your system. James Clear

The fact that you go to the gym even though you don’t “need” to is why you don’t need to. The fact that you save when you could spend is why you have money to spend. Your habits create your strength. James Clear

Your choices – what you work on, who you work with – create leverage. A good initial choice can deliver 100x payoff. Your habits unleash leverage. Without great habits, great choices are just potential energy. James Clear

All of your energy should go into building better rituals, not chasing better results. James Clear

Willpower is overrated. Figure out the systems that let you not have to use it. Justin Kan

People don’t decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures. Unknown

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See also: 8 Techniques for Building Unshakable Self-Discipline (Article and YouTube video by Thomas Frank)

Discipline Quotes About Work, Effectiveness, Leadership

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Don’t make excuses. Hold yourself accountable. That’s how sh*t gets done. Joe De Sena Click to tweet

Effectiveness begins with elimination. Choose your ignorances as carefully as your interests. The Stoic Emperor

Eventually, the time that was not spent on learning skills will catch up with you, and the fall will be painful. Robert Greene

You must never settle into complacency, as if your initial vision represents the endpoint. You must cultivate profound dissatisfaction with your work and the need to constantly improve your ideas. Robert Greene

One of the rarest things is to find people that simply to do what they say they will do. Just doing this one step puts you in the top 10% of people. Auren Hoffman

It’s not about the giant leaps of faith or big breaks that will make your career. It’s the daily practice. Jeff Goins

The amateur is concerned with the big break, whereas the pro is more focused on delaying immediate gratification in exchange for long-term success. Jeff Goins

It’s common to have vision; it’s rare to have plans. Sam Altman

Being unfiltered is not a sign of authenticity. It’s a sign of low self-control. Impulsive leadership is trusting your gut and shooting from the hip. Disciplined leadership is taking the time to consider the impact of your actions on others. Adam Grant

Amateurs have a goal. Professionals have a process. Shane Parrish

Amateurs show up to practice to have fun. Professionals realize that what happens in practice happens in games. Shane Parrish

The simpler, the better. Complications lead to multiplicative chains of unanticipated effects. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile)

A simple question to help you focus on the highest value tasks: “What is the work that keeps working for you after you’ve completed it?” James Clear

Skip steps now, you’ll skip them later. Cut corners now, you’ll cut them later. You get used to what you do most of the time. Jason Fried

The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative work first, reactive work second. This means blocking off a large chunk of time every day for creative work on your own priorities, with the phone and e-mail off. Mark McGuinness (Manage your Day-to-day)

I don’t have free time because I don’t have unfree time. Everybody and everything that had a claim on my time has been uncompromisingly removed from my life. Naval Ravikant

“Priorities” is an oxymoron. You can only have one priority at a time. Your second priority is equivalent to your 99th priority. Sahil Lavingia

If you fulfill your obligations everyday you don’t need to worry about the future. Jordan Peterson

See also: leadership quotes

Part 4. Conclusion

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