We live in a society that loves instant gratification. It's all over the place. Fast food. Instant noodles, instant food, instant everything! We want our desires to be gratified right away. So why the need for self-discipline?
There are five reasons why you need self-discipline. I'm sure we can come up with thousands more but these five are the most basic that I have come up with.
1. Self-discipline builds your internal strength and character.
Self-discipline enables you to control your appetites and your instinctive drive. Although society may scream at you to do this now, get this now, your internal strength is capable of denying yourself these things for the greater good.
2. Self-discipline helps you build integrity and credibility.
Temptations are all around us. I'm not saying this only in the religious sense. Rather, these temptations will offer instant pleasure at a very great cost to your integrity and credibility. It may be drugs, or a one-time opportunity for stealing money. With self-discipline, you can stand up against these things.
3. You can achieve anything if you have self-discipline.
If you've watched Jackie Chan and Jet Li movies, you'll be amazed at their proficiency in martial arts. They didn't arrive there overnight. They practiced self-discipline years upon years before achieving mastery. With such mastery, they were able to use their skills in achieving success.
4. You can live a better life with self-discipline.
With self-discipline, you can manage your finances better, you know your priorities and you can say no to anything that could ruin your life. With self-discipline, you can live a better life.
5. Lastly, self-discipline maximizes happiness.
Delayed gratification can lead help you maximize happiness. The problem with instant gratification is that when you want something and you get right away, your happiness can last only so long as your excitement. With delayed gratification, you know that you've waited for something for a long time. Therefore, when you get it, the success is sweeter and happiness is deeper.
If you don't have self-discipline now, you need to think of ways on how to develop it in you.