A collection of self-discipline quotes to awaken your full potential, help you live your best life, and achieve success! 

Let’s talk about self-discipline. According to Collins Dictionary, “self-discipline is the ability to control yourself and to make yourself work hard or behave in a particular way without needing anyone else to tell you what to do”

Self-discipline is a vital step in helping us change our lives, reinvent ourselves, and make our dreams a reality. 

Self-discipline simply means that you know what you need to do to change your life and make progress and you actually do it even on days when you don’t want to. 

And let’s be honest, self-discipline is probably something that most of us struggle with. I do. I struggle with it almost every day. 

When I started my first blog, I knew that there were still so many things that I needed to do and learn. I was very driven at first but after a couple of days, that drive started to fade away. 

I knew I had a lot of things on my to-do list, but it’s like my mind is forcing me to just leave it and do something fun instead. 

And mostly, I gave in to that inner voice but you see, the more I gave that inner voice the power to prevent me from taking the steps needed to create my blog, the longer it actually took for me to change my life and achieve my goals. 

Because the reality is, if you want to change your life for the better, achieve success, and make your dreams a reality, you have to discipline yourself and learn self-control. 

You have to take action in continuously making progress even on days when you don’t really feel like doing it. You have to remind yourself to stop making excuses and be willing to do the hard work every day to improve your life. 

I’ve gathered a collection of motivational quotes about self-discipline to help motivate you and inspire you to practice self-control and stay discipline to change your life! 

Here are 61 Self-Discipline Quotes and Quotes about Self-Discipline

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.

Henry Ward Beecher

Discipline is necessary to curb the mind, otherwise there is no peace.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.

Charles F. Glassman

No person is free who is not master of himself.


We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

Jesse Owens

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Focus on your goals and ambitions and less on people and things that are counterproductive. A few simple disciplines practiced everyday along with the right mindset will eventually give you the results you desire.

Germany Kent

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.

Jim Rohn

If you wouldn’t follow yourself, why should anyone else?

John C. Maxwell

It’s easy to make excuses for the lack of self-discipline but excuses don’t get you anywhere.


What was it St. Augustine said? “The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.

Frank Herbert

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.

Clint Eastwood

Self-discipline coupled with passion and innovation will get you far in this world.

Germany Kent

The warrior has awareness…we are aware that we are at war , and the war in our minds requires discipline. Not the discipline of a soldier but the discipline of a warrior. Not the discipline from the outside to tell us what to do and not to do, but the discipline to be ourselves, no matter what.

Miguel Ruiz

Winners embrace hard work.  They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win.  Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment.  And that’s the difference.

Lou Holtz

I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.

Daniel Goldstein

Success comes from having self-discipline. The more driven, motivated, and determined you are to reach your goals, the more success you will have.

Germany Kent

I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one.

Nikola Tesla

No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.

William Penn

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Beautiful gems can emerge from dirt. Struggle can teach you self-discipline and resilience.

Dipa Sanatani

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.

Jim Rohn

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.

Napoleon Hill

It takes months and years to develop self-discipline, not days or weeks. Don’t give up.

Robert Celner

You become stronger and more confident by showing the courage to change the things you have control over.

Germany Kent

The key to overcome crisis is patience, courage, self-discipline, adaptation and alertness.

Amit Ray



Want lasting success? Focus on these two characteristics: Self-Honesty & Self-Discipline.

Charles F Glassman

Will power and self-discipline are more effective than intellect and talent.

Akiroq Brost

It takes months and years to develop self-discipline, not days or weeks. Don’t give up.

Robert Celner

Without self-discipline; no success principle can work.


Self-awareness is a good which still can, in some cases, steal one’s innocence – for it is often much worse to know better without the discipline to do better.

Criss Jami

Self-discipline means establishing an authority over one’s own habits, routines, and priorities, and not being under their control.

Oleg Konovalov

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It might take time, that needs patience and in the end, all the hard work is worthwhile, but just keep in mind your goals and purposes, and then use self-discipline as an invaluable tool to get to where you are going.

Oscar Auliq-Ice

Power requires self-discipline.

Robert Greene

Having a strong sense of self-discipline helps us to avoid negativity and achieve the greatness we desire.

Amr Okasha

Waking up early maintains your self-discipline. Get up and read, workout, journal, meditate or grind. How you start the day sets the tone.

Genereux Philip

Self discipline, punctuality and time management are very important – for life is short, and every resource you have must be well utilized so that you find enlightenment and liberation – your ultimate goal.

Dada J.P. Vaswani

Self-discipline is a continuous war against your whims.

Saidi Mdala

Forcing yourself to do what matters over what does not, however simple; what is difficult, over what is not, however convenient; and what is right over what is bogus, however expedient, is self-discipline.

Saidi Mdala

Without self -discipline, potentials are useless and mediocrity becomes the plague of life.



Doing everything you have to do, at the time you have to do them, whether it feels like fun or not, is discipline.

Saidi Mdala

Don’t ever stop believing in your own personal transformation. It is still happening even on the days you may not realize it or feel like it.

Lalah Delia

Research shows that willpower is more important than IQ. That’s why the point isn’t to become smarter, but to become more self-disciplined.

Adam Kirk Smith

Overcoming the pain of self-discipline, we achieve our goals and move towards our dreams

Sunday Adelaja

Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.

Vince Lombardi

Self-control is strength, right thought is mastery, calmness is power.

James Allen

Inspiring quotes about self discipline

Mastery of impulse is all about self-discipline and choice. The mind is a powerful tool with which we have the ability to be in control of ourselves.

Alaric Hutchinson

A person whom lacks self-discipline leaks energy chasing naked ambitions.

Kilroy J. Oldster

After self-love the second best gift you could ever give yourself is self-discipline.

Tyconis D. Allison Ty

Self-discipline is a key to many doors. Not least of which is one that leads to a better, stronger, and healthier version of yourself.

Zero Dean

Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific simple habits that always lead to success.

Robjert J. Ringer

Whatever you abuse will return to hunt you. Cultivate the self discipline to use everything within the environment God created them for.

Paul Bamikole

If it were easy to walk the path of self-discipline, we wouldn’t gain much from it.

Glenn C. Stewart

With self discipline, self study is possible.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Self-discipline is self-caring.

– M. Scott Peck

Happiness often relies on one character trait: 


Charles F. Glassman

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


Peace and happiness shall fill your mind deep within, if you act according to truth and self-discipline.

Gobind Singh

Mastery of impulse is achieved through taking pauses during life’s contrasting situations. Mastery of impulse is about developing strong willpower that can be used to redirect the flow of energy in any situation. Mastery of impulse is about responding to the world with a sense of reason and peace.

Alaric Hutchinson

With self-discipline most anything is possible.

Theodore Roosevelt

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A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.

Dalai Lama

It is often the simple daily practices that influence our lives in dramatic ways.

Alaric Hutchinson

Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.

Gary Ryan Blair

Final Thoughts on Self-Discipline

Remember that self-discipline doesn’t just happen overnight, it is based on small efforts and actions that you choose to consistently take every single day to achieve and develop greatness – so keep pushing! 

I hope that you have found these discipline quotes helpful in reminding you to keep preserving even in difficult times, we must remind ourselves that tough times never last.

Which of these self-discipline quotes resonated with you the most? Don’t forget to let me know!






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