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Part 1: Self-Discipline and Personal Success

The person you are today is the sum total of all your choices and decisions in life up to this date.

According to Aristotle, the ultimate aim of human life is to be happy. The biggest thing that holds most people back from pursuing their dreams and being happy is a lack of self-discipline. If you cultivate self-discipline, set clear goals, and begin doing the things you already know you should be doing, nothing will keep you from achieving success. Remember, success isn’t an accident—you need to have the discipline to work hard at it.

Apart from hard work, your character plays a big role in determining your success. Having strength of character will mean you are more likely to achieve your goals. When you are disciplined enough to not choose the easy way out and instead take responsibility for your actions, you strengthen your character and build your integrity. When you demonstrate to others that you are a person of good character, not only will you increase your self-esteem, others will admire you and more opportunities will come your way.

Self-discipline will also help you overcome your fears and persist through hardships. Fear is unavoidable after all, but you do have the choice to stand up to it, or back down and be controlled by it. As most, if not all, fears are learned, being self-disciplined can help you unlearn them. And only with self-discipline will you have the drive to persist through the hardest obstacles in your path to success.

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