Increase Self-Discipline and Improve Learning Ability

Increase Self-Discipline and Improve Learning Ability

A number of different personality traits can help us to accomplish goals, be happy and enjoy success in all aspects of life.

One of the most vital components of an individual’s personal development is self-discipline.

Wilhelm Hoffman’s research in 2013 showed that people with self-control are happier than those without. The results of his study indicated that people who have good self-discipline and self-control make positive decisions more readily, maintain a greater tolerance for obstacles, and did not make choices based on their feelings or impulses.

But what if we are not self-disciplined "by nature"?

The good news is that self-discipline is a learned behavior, and all of us have the capability to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Here, we’d like to share with you some practical suggestions that will help you to gain better control.   

Theodore Roosevelt once said:

“With self-discipline, most anything is possible."

Start Slowly

Self-discipline is like a muscle; we all have the ability to develop it – we just have to practice.

Just as it takes time to build muscle, it takes time to develop self-discipline. The more you train and build it up, the stronger you become, so begin by making the decision to go forward and learn what it takes to get you where you want to be.

Set Goals and Devise a Plan to Achieve Them

As soon as you’ve decided to forge ahead and learn something new, you’ll need to develop a plan or outline for the actions and steps that will best help you reach your goals.

The simple reality is that if you don't control your time, everything else will. And remember: as you build your ability to manage your time, you also build self-confidence.

Train Yourself to Focus

Another secret to learning self-discipline is developing the ability to focus. This will be of great help as you follow your plan. Stay focused and keep working until the goal is met. At the beginning, learning multiple topics all at once is not recommended. Build your concentration by turning off all distractions and committing your attention to a single topic. When you feel that you’ve trained your mind sufficiently, move on to the next topic.

Typically, we do mindless work first and build up to the toughest tasks. In order to focus effectively, reverse the order. At first finish the tasks that appear to be difficult, and then move to the easiest ones.

And know which places and particular times of the day are the most conducive to productivity for you, and then allot your time to the most important topics you need to learn.


Practicing what you’ve learned is essential to reaching a deep understanding. Even if the lesson does not require a completed assignment, making an outline of the lesson’s key points and fleshing them out with your own experience is another very rewarding approach.

Schedule Breaks and Reward Yourself

Making the decision to become more self-disciplined doesn’t mean you should avoid your favorite pastimes and habits and live like a robot.

Combining your efforts with periodic breaks will make your life much easier. If you have multiple assignments or readings to do in one day, or an especially big project, break up the tasks into manageable segments, and reward yourself as you complete each segment.

Eat Healthy and Exercise

When you’re hungry, your ability to concentrate decreases, learning becomes more difficult, and your brain refuses to function at its highest potential.

Eating often is also important, because it regulates your blood sugar levels, improves your decision making skills, and sharpens your ability to concentrate.

Physical exercise has the great effect of lifting mood, making us feel better physically and emotionally, and increasing feelings of happiness.

However, eating well and exercising can boost our willpower too. It is known that physical exercise is important not only for the body, but for the brain, as well.

Don’t Fear Failure

We all make mistakes, and failure is a part of any process. If you lose your self-control, view it as a learning experience, and think about how to react differently next time. As the great Albert Einstein said:

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”


Successfully applying self-discipline in your life comes not from always avoiding feeling pleasure or pain, but rather from learning to use it as a dominant personality trait, so that you are able to complete the goals you set for yourself.

Developing this skill may make you not only successful in learning, but in life as well.

At SoloLearn, we try to follow this approach in our lives, and we develop our lessons in such a way that they help our learners gain better self-discipline and learn new things more effectively. Our lessons give you the opportunity to practice what you have learned, and working toward successful completion of the quizzes will keep you focused throughout the lesson.

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