12 Ways To Develop Self-Discipline

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.” (Harry S Truman)

Self discipline is the root of all positive qualities. It is the glue that holds together all of the other attributes within the character of a great individual.

I maintain the belief that you will not find a single person on this planet who has not achieved some form of success without the attribute of self discipline. You must practice the art of self discipline if you want to achieve any success in life and rise to a high level in general.

Now, the question is, how do we practically develop self discipline and eventually become a person who prides themselves on the fact that they are self-disciplined? Here are 20 ways in which you could do that:

1. Take A Cold Shower Daily.

Cold showers come with a host of physiological benefits but there is just as much positive impact on the psychological side. Cold showers require that you engage in self-discipline, especially if you do it on a daily basis.

You will not want to take a cold shower when you first take on this daily habit but this is where the rubber meets the road and the action must be taken in order to develop the art of self-discipline.

Resistance will be knocking on your door when you are about to enter that cold shower. Feel the resistance that you have for it and do it anyways.

2. Eat High Quality Food.

The majority of people lack self-discipline and this spills out into all areas of their lives including nutrition or lack of it. Shift your diet from one that is heavy in low quality foods to one that is heavy in high quality foods.

To do this requires that you start small and at a slow pace but you will definitely develop the quality of self discipline within your character if you follow through with it.

3. Get High Quality Sleep.

Another way to develop self-discipline is to stick to a healthy and consistent sleep schedule.

For example, setting a consistent and high quality sleep schedule looks like this: Be in bed by 10:00 PM and wake up at 7:00 PM. Do this every single day without exception and you have yourself a great sleep schedule and a practice for the development of self discipline.

4. Train Consistently.

Getting on a consistent training plan will absolutely sky rocket the level of self discipline that you achieve.

Working out is a great way to improve your body as well as mind in the process. Get after it.

5. Create Good Habits.

Good habits are what really make self-discipline automatic and this is where the power of exponential growth comes in. Good habits allow you to gain a ridiculous amount of results with seemingly little effort after you implement them properly.

Here are some great examples of good habits:


Sauna use


Mindfulness Meditation

Cold Showers

Listening To Empowering Information






6. Think Long Term > Short Term

A great way to develop self-discipline is to start changing your mindset from thinking in terms of a short term mindset more towards a long term mindset.

What do I mean by this? It is essentially the process of moving from focusing on your present self to focusing on your future self. It is to look at the world through the lens of an investor for your future self.

Here are some examples of thinking for the short term:

Eating low quality food

Chronic sleep deprivation

Treating people poorly

Becoming addicted to drugs of any sort

Choosing to not use a condom instead of using a condom

Spending more money than you have

Surrounding yourself with people who are below your level

Here are some examples of thinking for the long term:

Investing money at an early age consistently

Choosing the organic blueberries over the brownie

Learning skills

Choosing to sleep on time instead of stay up

Choosing to use the condom

Reading and constantly learning in general

Surrounding yourself with people who are 10+ years ahead of you in all areas of life

7. Organize Your Schedule.

Start using your schedule wither on your smartphone or on a physical calendar. This will teach you all sorts of good character skills, especially the most important one which is self-discipline.

Scheduling will not only develop self-discipline, but it will also help you organize your life in a way.

Start organizing immediately.

8. Create A Morning Routine.

A morning routine is an extremely powerful self-discipline creator. It gives you the positive momentum that you need to start the day and it creates the type of character that gets things done.

For example, my personal morning routine looks like this:

  1. Wake up and drink water with lemon and sea salt
  2. Review my list of goals and values
  3. Engage in some form of physical activity (pushups, burpees, pullups, etc.)
  4. Mindfulness meditation for 20+ minutes

Not only is this habit for me, but it is also an energy producer within my life. I feel amazing after I do this morning routine and it doesn’t matter whether I feel like it or not, it gets done.

Start thinking on what type of morning routine you want and how you can slowly implement it over time to make a successful change.

Here are the elements of a good morning routine. You need a:

Practice for the mind (Meditation, journaling, etc.)

Practice for the body (Exercise, old showers, etc.)

9. Learn To Embrace Change.

Shift your mindset from resisting change to loving change because your success is directly related to how much you can move and shift with the wave of change within your life.

10. Change Your Environment.

Our environments are major components in terms of our own personal growth. We must take control of our environment if we are to change our circumstance in life.

Changing your environment requires that you do the following:

Removing temptations when necessary

Changing the people we associate with

Changing our physical environment

11. Embrace Emotional Discomfort.

Emotional discomfort goes hand in hand with practicing self-discipline because usually self discipline requires you to get out of your comfort zone, at least in the beginning stages of any improvement upon your circumstance.

Teach yourself to love the discomfort and become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

12. Study Behavior Change.

Behavior change must be understood if we are to improve our levels of self discipline. To do this, reading books or listening to podcasts on behavior change is the chief objective here so that we can learn and begin to implement this understanding within our own character.


Self-discipline is not your enemy. In fact, it is our best friend if we can learn to embrace it and become familiar with how it works within our own lives.

The majority of people think that self-discipline is something to stay away from and this is where you have the chance to separate yourself from the majority and become the minority.

If you implement and follow only a few of these practices consistently then you will definitely see your life start to shift for the better and you will see yourself as a person who practices self-discipline.