Top 15 Self Discipline Quotes

These self discipline quotes may help you change your mind on what self-discipline can do for you.

When you hear the word “discipline” what comes to mind? Many will equate discipline as a punishment for not obeying rules.

Self discipline, however, has nothing to do with punishment. Self-discipline is having the quality of being able to manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviors in a controlled way. It’s actually a form of freedom! Rather than being subjected to your old habits and desires in the moment, these self-discipline quotes will help free you from the compulsive behaviors that are troublesome for you.


 Self-discipline starts with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. — Napoleon Hill

Your thoughts and beliefs provide the basis of how you view yourself, others, and the world. To gain self-discipline, you first need to have the understanding of what you can (and can’t) control, then acquire a rational view of thinking.


 With self-discipline all things are possible. Without it, even the simplest goal can seem like the impossible dream. — Theodore Roosevelt

Self-discipline doesn’t require any special talents. It only requires taking the necessary action to create the self-helping habits that support your vision of what you want (and don’t want) in your life.


 I can’t always control my thoughts but I can choose how I respond to them. — David Cuschieri

You don’t have to react to each and every thought you have. There are times to tell yourself “It’s just a thought” and move on.


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 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

The actions you repeatedly do create the daily habits which will either support your goals and life vision or get in the way of them.


‎ It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. — Harvey Mackay

Self-discipline is a type of freedom which allows you to move ahead in the pursuit of any activity in life that you choose.


 Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over. — Gary Keller

Self-discipline starts with motivation to create the new and productive habits to move your life in the directions you desire.


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

Self-discipline helps create new habits which provide momentum and positive actions to lead you in your desired direction in life.


 I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self. — Aristotle

While Aristotle believed personal victory was most difficult (and it can be) remember that it’s only as hard as you make it. View each step into new disciplined habits as a step closer to making your life easier.


 Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our energies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively. — Peter Senge

That’s quite a quote, isn’t it? Let’s just pick out “patience” here, as it’s important to be patient with yourself as you move forward. When you’re making attempts in moving forward to a better life, you’re doing a lot of work, and likely won’t do it perfectly. Be patient with yourself! Be persistent, too, and just keep going!


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 Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. ― Abraham J. Heschel

As you become more self-disciplined, you’ll experience increased self-acceptance and higher self-regard.


 Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. ― Augusta F. Kantra

Self-discipline with focus on your long term desires instead of short term wants will help you reach the life you envision, rather than establishing the negative habit of short and immediate satisfactions.


 Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. ― Roy L. Smith

Self-discipline will help you take action in developing valuable skills and positive habits in your life.


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 The most powerful control we can ever attain is to be in control of ourselves. — Chris Page

While we are always in control of ourselves (who else would be?), I think we can all agree with Chris Page here. We all want to be in control in the ways that help us best. With self-discipline and the helpful habits it can help us to create, we gain control over confusion, lack of motivation, and those other things that hold us back.


 Self-discipline is the ability to organize your behavior over time in the service of specific goals. ― Nathaniel Branden

A great quote here, but if I were asked to rewrite it, it would go like this: Self-discipline is the practice of taking specific actions over time to create habits that will assist to get you to where you want to be.


 Discipline imposed from the outside eventually defeats when it is not matched by desire from within. ― Dawson E. Trotman

When the word discipline is used, many will picture an imposing figure telling us what to do. Actually, discipline provides you a pathway to freedom by replacing old worrisome habits with habits you create to help you move ahead to what you want. When doing so, you’ve gained freedom from your immediate desires and urges, allowing you to focus on your long-term desirable habits. In other words, you’re free to do your best!


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