4 Best Books on Self-discipline

Self-discipline is one of the most important skills you can possess in life. Without it, you’ll find it difficult to achieve your goals and live up to your potential. Fortunately, there are plenty of books out there that can help teach you how to develop self-discipline. In this article, we will take a look at four of the best ones.

1. The Power of Self-Discipline

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This bestseller by Jeremy Dean talks about how self-discipline can be developed and strengthened like a muscle. It is filled with solid evidence-based information on this important topic, as well as practical exercises and tips you can apply to your life right away. From the book: “You’ll learn how to use the best bits of your brain, making it easier to stick with difficult plans. You’ll also discover how to build a ‘discipline habit’ – a comforting routine that keeps you on track every day… Boosting your self-discipline doesn’t have to be hard. The best way is through small exercises repeated regularly. In just a few weeks, they’ll become habits and you’ll be well on the way to achieving your goals.”

2. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It

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The best thing about this bestseller by Kelly McGonigal is that it offers practical and science-based advice on how we can improve our willpower and self-control. It even comes with a free online course you can follow if you want to take your discipline for a workout session. From the book: “We all have a reservoir of willpower that, when tapped, can help us achieve our best intentions and goals. Resisting dessert or skipping that glass of wine can be made easier when we know how to best spend this precious resource. According to the latest science, we shouldn’t be draining our willpower by holding our bladders or hiking up our glucose levels with sugary snacks and caffeine – these efforts improve self-control for a short time but deplete it more in the long run. Instead, we should be strategic in how we make decisions and plan our days.”

3. Focus: The Hidden Power of Excellence

This bestseller by Daniel Goleman is not all about self-discipline but it can help you develop your focus – another important element when learning to become more disciplined with yourself. Using research from the best in psychology and science, the book talks about how you can cultivate your best self by learning to focus your attention on the right things at the right time. Here’s a quote from the book: “As best we can tell, if we apply our powers of concentration, we can take control over which emotions arise in response to events in our lives… attention acts like a magnet, by which we shape the experiences of our lives.”

4. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

This bestseller by Stephen Covey is a classic and one many people turn to when they need some guidance on leading a more disciplined life. It talks about seven simple but very effective habits you can adopt to improve your life and get the best out of yourself every day. Here’s a quote from the book: “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

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