When we talk about willpower and discipline one thing that comes in our minds is that they function together. You can’t have the willpower to do something if you are not disciplined. That is true. Because they always go together. But when it comes to us as individuals, is it possible for us to have both at the same time? Well, before I answer you that question; first let’s go deep into the meanings of discipline and willpower separately.
What Is Willpower?
Willpower is the inner strength that enables us to make decisions and carry them out. It is like a driving force that pushes us to perform tasks despite inner resistance or the feeling of not doing anything at all. Willpower is what keeps us going even when we feel like quitting.
How’s Discipline Any Different?
On the other hand, discipline can simply mean a way of behaving that shows the willingness to obey orders for the sake of self-improvement. It can also mean a form of correction or punishment to make someone obedient to rules or orders. So, we say someone is disciplined when they portray a certain kind of good behavior such as respect, obedient, self-control and all these traits sum up to what we call self-discipline.
In short, willpower is a conscious behavior while discipline is a thoughtless behavior adopted after correcting oneself. Willpower is what builds character, it defines who we are. And where there is willpower there is resolution for change, there is firmness, there is persistence, there is determination and there is the strong power of pushing yourself to achieving goals and success. We build discipline through willpower.
Let’s say for example you have set to achieve specific goals in your life. For anyone to achieve anything in life first you have to be hardworking and disciplined. You have to wake up every morning and work towards your goals. If you set your mind to achieving that goal and you have created a working schedule to help you through; that is where discipline is portrayed. Willpower comes in to emphasize the actions you want to take to achieve that goal. Like I said earlier it is like a driving force pushing us to perform tasks.
One thing you should always know is that goals, achievements and success is achieved when self-discipline is portrayed. People who are disciplined have a higher chance of becoming successful in life than people who are not disciplined. Because where there is discipline; there is self-control, there is respect and there is obedience. All these are keys to a more successful life. We build discipline through willpower and through discipline willpower is also created.
This brings us to our question in the first paragraph. Can we have both? I mean willpower and discipline? The answer is quite simple. We can, but solely depends on an individual. What drives me to say this? Because of how we perceive things in life.
Let’s say you have set goals but the challenges seem impossible to bear. You could be complaining all the time how tough and boring your goals are or how time consuming they are. You could have the willpower to achieve your goals but what will happen if you constantly show up late to work because you have been up drinking the whole night? What will happen to your goals if still you aren’t done with bad habits? Can we say such an individual is disciplined? Of course not.
Instead of complaining about this or that why don’t you look at your goals in a different perspective and try to work differently? These little changes can have an impact on how you perceive things and in turn make you move in the right direction. Not only that, learning ways on how to manage life issues like stress and having a positive attitude can all go a long way to achieving both willpower and discipline.