The Hidden Benefits of Developing Discipline

Dr. Kevin Gazzara
3 min readApr 10, 2023

Developing self-discipline is an important aspect of personal growth that can lead to numerous positive outcomes. According to Duckworth and Seligman (2005), self-discipline is defined as “the ability to regulate oneself in the pursuit of long-term goals with the use of short-term tactics” (p. 1087). By cultivating self-discipline, individuals can experience a sense of accomplishment, gain more self-respect, and develop a better understanding of their capabilities.

Accomplishing goals through self-discipline provides individuals with a sense of pride and achievement. By working towards a goal every day and persisting until it is achieved, individuals develop a greater appreciation for their ability to stay focused and committed. This sense of accomplishment can also boost self-esteem, as noted by Baumeister, Heatherton, and Tice (1993) who found that “people who achieve their goals experience greater satisfaction with their lives” (p. 141).

Developing self-discipline can help individuals discover their true capabilities. By setting goals and working towards them with discipline, individuals can identify and overcome self-imposed limitations. As highlighted by Duckworth and Gross (2014), “self-discipline allows people to persevere in the face of obstacles and setbacks, and to push through discomfort and difficulty”(p. 949). This process of…

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Dr. Kevin Gazzara

CEO of Magna Leadership Solutions, Certified Positive Intelligence Coach, Management Expert, Professor, Speaker, and Author. Contact: Kevin@Magnaleadership.com