The 10 Best Books on Self Discipline

Have you ever felt like your life has arrived at a standstill? Like you just cannot seem to get out of that rut? If you have, you can at least be happy knowing that you are not the first person to feel this way, and you most definitely will not be the last.

Even though individuals are aware that setting and achieving goals are vital to moving forward in the game called life, there is one factor that lacks in most of our lives: self-discipline.

Even though there are people out there who seem to always achieve anything they put their mind to, there is a majority of individuals who always fall victim to the countless distractions around them. It is the lack of proper self-discipline that holds people back from reaching their full potential in life.

So how can you improve your self-discipline? Well, there are many approaches to tackling this problem, and a lot of them may not be as complex as you might think! Listed below are 10 of the best books that can provide you with ways to work on your self-discipline.

1. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

Powerful Lessons in Person Change. Being a universally recognized author who has sold millions of copies of his books, Dr. Stephen R. Covey does not waste any time and gets right to the point. This book about self-improvement helps people look at their own lives and realize what is holding them back from feeling true happiness in life.

Working on one’s self-discipline is a complex task, and as the book points out, there is no quick fix! Dr. Covey does a great job in taking you on a journey through your own life, so that you can understand where certain things went wrong and change certain patterns or habits in your life that have caused that endless loop of failure. A lot of its readers have said that it was life changing and are sure that any new readers will feel the same way.

2. Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg takes a different approach to improving self-discipline: through changing your habits. In this book, he talks extensively about what habits are, how we develop habits in our lives, the undesirable changes that can be caused due to bad habits, and how we can go about changing certain habits.

​As is the case in most of our lives, a string of bad habits holds us back from actually implementing self-discipline in our day-to-day lives.

Charles says, the secret to taking control of your life is using the power of your mind to modify your behaviors, so that you can inculcate better habits in life. This book could possibly help you improve your self-discipline.

3. Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.

Through this book, Jen Sincero focuses on a very important point that has been discussed time and time again: you are your own worst enemy.

Even though she can come across as brutally honest sometimes, Sincero talks about how self-doubt and lack of self-confidence are the biggest barriers that are preventing you from achieving true happiness in life.

​Sometimes, we can be our own worst critics, and tend to prevent ourselves from developing self-discipline in our lives, since we keep telling ourselves that doing so is an impossible task.

The book helps you overcome your biggest doubter (which is yourself), and work towards becoming a better, more self-disciplined individual. After all, there is nothing that you cannot accomplish if you put your mind to it!

4. Gary Keller & Jay Papasan’s The ONE Thing

The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The authors of this book take a unique approach to helping its readers improve their lives. Instead of bombarding the reader with a plethora of information, they stick to one very important thing that every person should be doing in their lives to become successful in a world where failing has become so common.

Distractions are all around us, and not everybody can detach themselves from these distractions. The book talks about how to achieve success, regardless of the factors around you that have set you up for failure time after time.

It is a perfect guide that will help you overcome all of the hinderances that prevent you from inculcating better self-discipline in your life!

5. Jon Gordon, Ken Blanchard’s The Energy Bus

In this book, Jon Gordon uses the metaphor of a bus to explain how we must “be the driver” or be the primary influence of all decisions made in our own lives. The author does a great job at using the vehicle metaphor to lay down the do’s and don’ts that will eventually lead us to a happier life.

10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy. Using the bus as a metaphor, the author explains how a bus driver (the reader) usually has a destination (vision or goal) in mind and keeps the bus in good condition (form a strong support system) to prevent it from breaking down.

You also need to fill up the gas tank every now and then (keep up the positivity in your life) so that the bus can keep moving forward. Although you may face rough roads along the journey (doubters and naysayers), the bus will keep moving forward if you make sure that it is in good condition.

Soon enough, you will be able to turn into an energy bus that inspires other people to develop self-discipline in their lives as well, regardless of the people who try to bring you down.

6. Jeff Olson & John Mann’s The Slight Edge: 

Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness. Like a lot of self-improvement books out there, the highlight of this masterpiece written by Jeff Olson is that it does not talk about anything that the average reader would not know about.

And yet, he lays out all the information in a way that makes it easier for the reader to accept certain facts of life, that could actually help make huge changes in their lives!

For example, the fact that facing failure is the biggest learning experience in life is something that we all know, yet we hope that our life turns into an endless string of successes.

Looking at success as more of a relative feeling, how will we recognize success if we have never faced failure in life? This is the kind of unique thinking that the author uses to help the readers change their lives, so that they can develop better self-discipline.

7. Mel Robbins’ The 5 Second Rules

Transform your Life, Work and Confidence with Everyday Courage. This book focuses on helping its readers become more self-reliant. Since childhood, a lot of us have people guiding us through each and every point in our lives.

So, when we are left to fend for ourselves out of the blue, a feeling of cluelessness takes over! In this book, Mel Robbins talks about how we can become our own best support system, which is always better than relying on somebody else for all the answers.

Even though this may be a scary thing to even think about, the book lays out the whole process in a manner that even the average reader can learn how to tackle the challenges in life by themselves.

8. Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face

Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be. Even though you may not think of this as a book that would make the list for the best books on self-discipline, you would be mistaken.

In this book, Rachel Hollis talks about how the nature of media has changed so much in this day and age, that most of the information we are exposed to diverts our attention to more pointless things.

How many times have you seen reports about your favorite celebrity going through cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance? Has it ever made you think about doing the same?

This book helps you realize that focusing on these “lies” that you are fed is diverting you from the more important things in life, such as developing more self-discipline in your life.

If you focus on goals like that, without trying to become something that you are supposed to be, you will be able to achieve great things in life and become who you are meant to be!

9. Derek Doepker’s Why You’re Stuck

Your Guide to Finding Freedom From Any of Life’s Challenges. Anybody who reads this book will instantly understand that Derek Doepker has, as the title of the book suggests, been stuck in life.

He is clearly very sympathetic towards people who are in a rut and provides the reader with all the information needed to get yourself moving again.

As he points out in the book, it is our natural instinct to be happy if we are not facing failure in life. However, this cannot be farther from the truth.

If we fail, we have hit rock bottom; we can only move up the ladder towards success. Although, it is very easy to get stuck in a state between success and failure.

This book provides you helpful information for such cases, which you as the reader will have to use to get yourself out of that rut. And you will be able to do it!

Susan Jeffers’s Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway

This book talks about the effects that fear can have on an individual, and how it can act as a hinderance in your life; perhaps even affect your self-discipline! The book focuses on helping people do something that they would never do voluntarily: facing their fears so that they can stop them from controlling their lives.

If you decide to fight your worst fears, you will eventually be able to overcome them, so that they will no longer serve as a hindrance. This way, you can focus on more important things, such as developing more self-discipline.

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