Many people overrate self-discipline because they have so many misconceptions about it. Consequently, many people tend to feel intimidated by people who exhibit signs of self-discipline. These people are perceived as being serious or boring, but these perceptions are just some of the many other misconceptions about this concept. Here are some of the common misconceptions about self-discipline.
Self-discipline is boring
For most people, it feels good to be able to do whatever one wants at any time. However, self-discipline is all about knowing what you should or should not do and employing prudence in this knowledge. As kids, most people found teachers who followed up on their activities to be boring, and the same is the case with grown-ups who lack self-discipline.
However, self-discipline is the opposite of boring. People who are self-disciplined do not necessarily live boring lives; they have fun when it is the right time to. Having fun in the right doses is not only genuinely enjoyable, but self-disciplined people find it easier to really indulge in fun because there is usually a highly likely case that they have less to-do items on their lists than those who are not.
Self-discipline is difficult
Being independent makes many people feel entitled to doing whatever they want whenever they want to. This freedom makes it seem very difficult to desist from doing something especially when there is nothing stopping you. However, many people eventually find out that it is much easier to be self-disciplined as time goes by.
Case scenario: an outgoing college student has the time of his/her life and blows his/her college money travelling and socializing, and another outgoing college student who resists the urge and clears tuition fees. The former student will have a difficult time trying to get the money to pay for college, but the latter will have a higher chance of getting a job and a reliable source of income to party once in a while. Self-discipline makes a person organized and ensures there are little uncertainties about one’s future.
Self-discipline is not for everyone
Self-discipline is not a genome that is unique to only few people; it is a practice that begins with a good judgment and decision. Anyone can be self-disciplined, and all it takes is practicing self-control in one simple aspect and observing the resulting benefits. Many people are fascinated by how much they can achieve by being self-disciplined that they take it notches higher to cover almost all aspects of their lives.
The only reason why self-discipline is overrated is because there are many misconceptions about it. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, being in self-control of one’s actions is an empowering feeling that is fun, very rewarding, and amazingly easy. Anyone can be self-disciplined; it all starts with one simple decision and being dedicated to it.