Self-Discipline | Why It’s Important & How to Master Self-Control
Self-Discipline | Why It’s Important & How to Master Self-Control

Self-discipline and willpower are two of the
greatest secrets in unlocking your full potential. In this day and age, it is becoming more and
more difficult to maintain self-discipline. I’ll show you the importance of self-discipline
and how to cultivate it. Stay tuned! What’s going on guys! J from Let’s first go over why self-discipline and
willpower are so important. Have you ever been tempted to do something
for which you later feel guilty about? Moments like these are usually due to a lapse
in judgment or a lack of discipline. Here’s the key; with strong self discipline
and willpower, you can do what you need to do in each moment without temptation or laziness
getting in the way. Self-discipline lets us grind it out with
studying or work even when we don’t feel like it. It lets us say no to extra dessert. It lets us maintain a consistent exercise
schedule and achieve our fitness goals. In short, it empowers us live our lives the
way we ideally want to. This translates to stronger grades in school,
more energy, improved moods, and looking and feeling better. There are a few theories on how discipline
and willpower actually work. The most prominent is the Ego Depletion Model
of Self-Control. This states that the brain is like a muscle,
with a limited supply of strength that can be depleted. No one is disciplined 100% of the time – we
all have lapses. These lapses occur when our discipline muscle
is fatigued. Various studies have demonstrated that certain
types of mental exertion can compromise subsequent acts of discipline. The studies generally go like this: There
are two groups of subjects. One group does an activity or exercise that
requires high self-control. The other group does an activity requiring
very little discipline. Both groups are then subjected to a separate
self-control challenge. The group that performed the demanding challenge
first later performs poorly and conversely, the group that did not exhaust their willpower
reserves demonstrate better self-discipline. So, what does this all exactly mean? For us mere mortals, it says that we do not
have infinite reserves of self-discipline and will-power. So while it is important to cultivate and
develop your self-discipline, understand that there is also a proper way to harness it. More on that shortly. Now without discipline, you are letting your
life be controlled by your emotions. Which is essentially like letting your life
be controlled by someone else. There are two ways of approaching a task. You can say “I will wait until I feel like
it, and then I will do it” or you can say “I will do it, and then I will begin to
feel like it”. Which method do you think is more likely to
actually get things done? There are three simple steps to cultivate
and develop your self-discipline. First, Start Small. There are many grand ideas and lofty goals
that we each have. The key to working towards them is to start
small. For example, if your goal is lose weight,
do not start by saying you want to lose 1 pound of fat per week. Jumping in with ambitious and lofty goals
is only setting yourself up for failure. Start smaller than that. First eliminate sugary drinks and only drink
water with meals. Once you have mastered that, eliminate the
habit of eating dessert after dinner every night, maybe substitute a serving of fruit
instead. And so on and so forth. By starting out with smaller steps and celebrating
these small victories, you build momentum and confidence to continue moving forward. Next, Practice Daily. By starting small, you should have no problem
practicing your discipline daily. In doing so, you are building good habits. And we are, after all, creatures of habit. No excuses. Make it happen. The third year of medical school in the United
States is considered the most demanding year. On many rotations, you go in before sunrise
and get out after sunset. As a result, certain habits and priorities
are harder to maintain. On days where I got out early and had the
luxury of asking myself whether or not I wanted to go to the gym, I forced myself to go. I decided that a tired workout is better than
no workout. And if I had the luxury of asking myself whether
or not to go, that meant I already had my answer. On many days I got out too late and there
was no question that I could no go to the gym. Therefore it was paramount to capitalize on
any opportunity, regardless of how tired I was to the gym when possible. Lifting was a great form of stress relief,
and it left me happier and healthier as a result. Last tip is to Ramp Up. After you have mastered the smaller tasks
and built your confidence in your own self-discipline, it’s time to slowly ramp it up. Going back to the weight loss example: let’s
say you started walking daily for 20 minutes. Ramp it up to 30 minutes, then 40. At a certain point, start jogging or cycling
or doing HIIT intervals. Keep challenging yourself incrementally. You don’t go from walking 20 minutes to
running a marathon. But you can certainly get there in a step
wise manner if you work at it. Quick disclaimer: this is just an example
– obviously figure out what works best for you and speak to a professional before doing
starting any rigorous physical activity. Now, some other tips and common misconceptions:
first make it easier on your future self. As I said earlier your willpower reserves
are limited, therefore make it easier on your future self by planning ahead and putting
yourself in situations that make it easier to achieve your goals or stick to your habits. It’s easy to avoid junk food and drink only
water when you’re not starving or dehydrated. The times you are most likely to fail are
when you do not have healthy alternatives and you are left with the choice of either
eating junk food or being really hungry. Similarly, if you do not buy ice cream or
candy and keep it in the house, it will be much easier for you to refrain from eating
sweets when you get the late night munchies. 2. Build the Appropriate Systems. At the end of the day, we are human and our
emotions and impulses hold great weight in our behaviors. Therefore, incentivize yourself with Rewards
and discourage undesirable behavior with Consequences. I personally love dark chocolate and I would
reward myself for going to the gym by having a bit of dark chocolate post workout. I know others who use apps or services that
charge them money if they miss a workout or fail to wake up by a certain time. These systems will vary by person, so figure
out what works best for you. And last, The Misconception of Doing What
You Love. One of the most misunderstood concepts I hear
over and over again is to do what you love. We have all heard the quote by Marc Anthony
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”. There is great merit in this quote, but no
matter what you do – there will be things you enjoy and things you do not. People often get turned off by the parts they
don’t enjoy and give up on the whole idea. They key is to grow to love the process. I love reconstructive plastic surgery. I love education and empowering students through
these YouTube videos. I love healthcare innovation. I love sports cars and racing my car at the
track. But each of these pursuits also has drawbacks
– parts that I do not love, and that’s where discipline comes into play. With discipline, I have been able to stick
with the premed years in college, 4 years of medical school, and now residency. I have endured the tough times, the less fun
times, and that has allowed me to grow to love the process the further I move along. Being exhausted and memorizing biochemical
pathways on a Friday night is not my idea of fun, but the sense of accomplishment, learning
vast amounts of information, applying that knowledge, helping patients, and seeing myself
improve is immensely rewarding. Sure there are things I would change about
medical education in the U.S. (and healthcare as a whole), but I have grown to love the
process that I am in. So how can you grow to love YOUR process? This idea deserves a video on its own, but
in short, appreciate the craftsmanship of your work. Focus on developing skills and mastery, and
you will be rewarded. Autonomy, creativity, impact, and recognition
add value to one’s pursuits. But you aren’t entitled to this, you have
to earn it. Now, one of my friends is currently in her
intern year, which is the first year of residency after you graduate medical school. She has set a goal to always take the stairs
over the elevator. On some days, she has climbed more than 100
flights of stairs! That isn’t only great for cultivating self-discipline,
but it’s great exercise that helps maintain and improve her physical fitness as well as
improve her mood and energy levels. Let us know in the comments below how you
practice discipline daily. If you don’t feel very self-disciplined
now, identify one habit you will begin today and let us know what that is in the comments
below. Thank you all so much for watching. If you liked this video, make sure you press
that like button. New videos every week, so hit subscribe if
you have not already and I will see you guys in that next one.

100 thoughts on “Self-Discipline | Why It’s Important & How to Master Self-Control”

  1. riri says:

    Your voice is calming, you are incredibly articulate and speak with intelligence, it makes it easy to listen and absorb your advice, also the editing and animations feel like I'm sitting in a class, which keeps me focused.

    Awesome video, your hard work that goes into them seriously pays off.

  2. Ryan Bal says:

    no affence but i dont like but its for school so thats why

  3. Paul Mc Donagh says:

    great video thank you

  4. Jorda Bursik says:

    I am get rell herger a time

  5. Jorda Bursik says:

    i thing a bowe to food

  6. Brad Bingham says:

    willpower reserves limited…David Goggins?

  7. Benjamin Grey lifestyle says:


  8. Tasty Makers says:

    I love when you said that a life without self control is just a life run by emotion. Powerful stuff

  9. The Aggregate says:

    I mastrubate daily that self discipline?🤔

  10. tina28121 says:

    I'll start by a ten-minute mindfulness meditation each morning, before getting ready for work. I know it's been a while since this video was uploaded, but it's eye-opening. Thank you 🙂

  11. Hena Ali says:

    Can you please provide a link to your reference to the study on how human energy is not infinite. I find your summary of the studies' that you looked into ridiculous. How can the group that exercises in comparison to the group who exerts little to no energy have less energy? You didn't provide an explanation.

  12. Jennifer James says:


  13. NO ONE says:

    OK I'll stop watching YouTube videos till 4am

  14. Esther Bernard says:

    Great work

  15. Annie A says:

    Thank you so much for your advices.
    Only med student can understand one another.
    Nice voice and pronunciation plus useful advice. I plan to try pomidoro technique

  16. Kenji Manabat says:

    Is running from home to another city and then back home over exaggerating? I'm still doing it cuz it feels like I wanna be healthier this year

  17. Noor Salam says:

    i'm working on the habit of sleeping at 8 pm and waking up at 4 am, it's been two weeks and everything is great now, i'm focusing more in lectures and very active during labs i also have excess time to study after i deleted instagram (which was kind of an addiction) three weeks ago, the only problem is that i get very tired when i get home from college because of studying and practice (i play badminton), and i can't take a nap because i know it will take me more than 5 hrs to wake up while i should work at that time, so i have like 3 hours that are so unproductive and i don't know what to do!

  18. John Francia says:

    I will start at being more productive and better at my school.

  19. Pranav Khetan says:

    Most PRACTICAL video ever

  20. I Like2FilmStuff says:

    I will STRETCH

  21. I Like2FilmStuff says:


  22. Andrea Tseng says:

    I just started homeschooling at sophomore year in high school and it requires so much self-dicipline! It's been 2 months and I'm still struggling with not having motivation for studying sometimes. But I will not give up and let laziness defeat me! Hope that one year after this comment I'll be admitted to my dream university😀

  23. Max Paw says:

    The multiple research you mentioned on depletion is one research that fails to be recreated

  24. Sutha Immaculate says:

    Stop seeing YouTube … greatest addiction

  25. Chris J says:

    I'm going to set up a daily self discipline habit of reviewing my notes everyday after class and getting a solid night routine in order.

  26. TheSpicyPotato says:

    I am the most absent minded person evrr. someone reply to this so i cn come back to this video

  27. Protege Gaming says:

    I'm not sure which video I heard it in but you once said whenever there is something you need to do but don't feel like doing it, to stop and just say out loud "so what?". I've been disciplining myself to say that and happy to say WOW SICKEST MIND HACK.
    Its like you get a 5 sec window to get up and START doing the task.

    Hats off to you sir and your amazing videos!

  28. An3Craft says:

    gymnastic and maditation every evening.
    no matter how sleepy i am

  29. An3Craft says:

    and taking a could shower

  30. Marah Qasem says:

    Thanks alot

  31. Raed M says:

    I started my disciple process on 1/1/2018 by commuting to go to the Gym every other day and I successfully completed the process whether I am tired, sick, snowing, raining, busy, etc. Same year, I committed to fill my mind with positive thoughts as soon as I open my mind in the morning for 5 minutes and I have been doing since then. I am proud of myself.

  32. Ariska Raihan says:

    thank you! it's been hard for me to discipline myself to study for my final assignment. this video is a huge help for me start disciplining myself 🙂 i will try to make studying a habit. thank you so much for this video

  33. Ariska Raihan says:

    thank you! it's been hard for me to discipline myself to study for my final assignment. this video is a huge help for me start disciplining myself 🙂 i will try to make studying a habit. thank you so much for this video

  34. Caitlyn Bouvette says:

    I sometimes add little rewards for myself to make it more fun. Like I HATE scooping our cat boxes, but I decided every time I do it, I can wash my hands afterwards with this my super fancy margarita scented soap, and it surprisingly does the trick

  35. All is Within says:

    Being lead by emotion is fine so long as the emotion(s) are related to love. Pushing thru things you don’t love will drain your soul, and all for meaningless temporary earthly goals. Emotion is spirit and without the kinds of emotions related to love the human soul will deplete its own energy reserves and die

  36. omop singh says:

    If I stay curious at each and every moment while pursuit I can do all this very easily

  37. ben Warwick says:

    So self discipline makes no sense. Going off its meaning in the dictionary. Discipline means to punish someone to follow rules. To self-discipline is to punish yourself. Yea that's not causing mental illness. Now what you have mostly talked about is diligence. To teach yourself diligently and not this double think of discipline.

  38. Victoria Lana says:

    Thank you bunking things others would hide cause they just don't want others to go ahead. I appreciate your truth and words.

  39. kekorules atlab says:

    1000th comment.

    Nice. Loved it

  40. Draco187 Pike st NPH says:

    Aww he loves dark chocolate lmao 😂

  41. Lota Parvin says:

    My new goal is to sleep at least by 11 ☺ wish me luck

  42. Omar Akhtar says:

    Cold showers is my go-to discipline building habit

  43. Victoria Oghuan says:


  44. Master Thomas says:

    I have been doing that for the past week or so. I already lost 10 pounds. I have started power walking my dog and then giving up bread, pasta, etc. which is tough, but who knew cabbage, cucumber would taste really good?

    It's discipline, but it is worth it. Wish me luck for the next few pounds I will lose!

  45. Jay Bube says:

    I have zero self discipline, its tiring.
    I need help. Real help. Videos are good but I need someone to talk to. Not someone I know personally but someone who will listen.

  46. Xochitl Vargas says:

    Starting now, I will not have sugary drinks. For school, I will force myself to study/review for that day. I am going to get a 4.0 this quarter.

  47. Buddha - Kings Inc. says:

    “We do not rise to the level of our motivation; we fall to the level of our systems.”

    Definitely train your willpower, while also setting up systems to help you when discipline is exhausted.

  48. Natalie Aquino says:

    This is a great video. Thank you so much for putting this together!

  49. Shiro Blank says:

    cake is a lie

  50. greg mcintosh says:

    Really? What a great website. I subscribed my very first visit. With the constant bombardmant of negativity this site is a breath of fresh air. As of today I am commited to walking every other day and taking the stairs whenever possible. I'm oso excited. Thanks again.

  51. Ibukesan Osaka says:

    I thought you are Peter from Top Think. Have the same voice and way of delivering information. I liked your video I hopeit could really help me. 😊😊😊

  52. Omari Midgette says:

    I had prolems and say cursing words and said rude things to people on my job.

  53. Hope Dillon says:

    Your videos are so great! Thank you!

  54. Hope Dillon says:

    What apps charge you for NOT working out or waking up early?

  55. Look Away says:

    I don't think you know what you are talking about.

  56. Kenyce says:

    Thank you for this, I hope I keep developing discipline. I want to do paintings but don't because I have to study for engineering degree. I don't feel like studying it and same time I don't do paintings. Nothing gets done

  57. Qin Wang says:

    I study Doulingo every day.

  58. Stephen Craig says:

    I've been working on self discipline for the last 8months. I have ADHD so the issue has never been not having energy to do something its always been being distracted or sidetracked.
    I've set limits for myself and have told those around me of what I plan to do. As I am not a liar and hate being a hypocrite this has then forced me to do my goals or I get truly angry with myself.
    in the last 8 months I've lost 35kg and now train martial arts 5times a week

  59. Sarza says:

    I watch your videos before I study

  60. StoryShots - Bestsellers in Minutes. For FREE. says:

    What's a great book that goes along with this video?

  61. JOSE RODRIGUEZ says:

    Just imply 5G and we all be same !

  62. Logan Sept says:

    Good video, I take exception to the idea that will power is limited. It may be limited for the majority of weak willed people like those that participated in that study, but if you look at guys like the rock, David goggins, Rogan etc… They seem to find the will power to grind hard every day with no excuses. Having the mindset that will power is limited opens up a gateway for us to make excuses as to why we didn't have the will to do what we were supposed to.

  63. saraswathi B ananth says:


  64. Negin Saidian says:

    I am going to start studying for tests 4 days before the actual test. That way the night before the test, studying will be a breeze.

  65. vipasha mehta says:

    Great video & great eye opener on a few things…

  66. Sankalp Arora says:

    I wake up at 4 to keep myself disciplined. I learnt to make and stick with my habits by the information you provided in your Atomic Habits book summary video.

  67. Friday Night Lights says:

    You know what I have learned? I have learned to not overthink self discipline. It is not this magical art. You literally just have to do it. Whatever it is. Just take action. I have also learned the difference between just work hard and working smart ie. with the best strategy. I do see enormous value in routine and habits though. If I do something every day it becomes SO much easier to do.

  68. Kim Jane says:

    One of the main reasons I don't hit the gym is because my house is so disorganized. My daily habit starting today is spending 20 minutes a day folding my washing and putting it away and I'll reward myself with an episode of something while I watch it.

  69. Poly Steve's wife and girlfriend says:

    I have a ed so this helps

  70. Bill murray says:

    Worst thing for me I think is that I choose my schedule with what I'm going to do, so that also gives me the freedom to procrastinate with only me to punish myself, so when I do procrastinate I don't punish myself. Which means there are no consequences short term, long term it means I won't achieve my goals and eventually my dream. It's hard to create drive when giving your all might be for nothing. But I'm gonna stop thinking like that, today as off 5 minutes I'm gonna run, get home, plan and structure, sleep and wake and jog again. Work towards my goal and WILL result in my dream. Wish me luck guys, and I wish everyone reading this achieves true happiness and their dreams, whatever those dream may be, chase them! Because I ain't dying without achieving my dream!

  71. Aizen Mikoto says:

    thanks 🙂
    i needed that for practicing drawing

  72. Njabulo Msane says:

    dankie boi

  73. Rakibul Islam says:

    Jai Hind Sir…

  74. Nanyi Mateo says:

    I eat a frog first thing in the morning. In my daily tasks I always start with the activities I feel that I would like to do the least. That way my day just get easier as it progresses because I've got the difficult stuff out of the way and also gives me some self confidence because if I could do something that I didn't want to do before, then I could easily do something that I enjoy the most doing.

  75. Beat Mcat says:

    Motivating as always. Thank you

  76. Abel Godinez says:

    I make my bed every morning. This gets me to keep tighty and gives me a push on the mornings

  77. R Johnson says:


  78. The Wolf says:

    Im always late so get to work a little early from now on.

  79. Melissa Rainchild says:

    Wake up on time (no snoozing), no soft drinks, far less sweets, and in general…enjoying getting to know things (the "AHA" feeling when you learn somethign new)…those are my steps onthe long stairway up… 🙂

  80. Ryan Madlener says:

    I will wake up at 6am everyday

  81. Nehnet Alsh says:

    I think i am a dinasouyeah baby you know what im talkin 'bout u lil' bitch

  82. Gusecua says:

    New Habit: Today, I started to keep my room tidy. 23/08/2019

  83. Only One MITCH! says:

    If I have to FEEL like it first then do it, the outcome is that I will NEVER do it

  84. Only One MITCH! says:

    If I have to FEEL like doing it,the outcome is that I will NEVER do it.

  85. Jan Moerkerke says:

    I think that theory of the self discipline muscle being depleted is humbug… It's an excuse… a commercial compromising convenient piece of flattery and weak submission… it, hopefully, is disproven soon, or expanded on… because obviously it is impossible to make a new habit if you constantly say, my muscle is weak… you get weak sometimes. The reality is, it is your hand with the cigarette, coffee or cake… it is your mindset that conquers cravings so they disappear… amend this lie. What is this? Give up day. Let's just indoctrinate people to be soft. "Oh we'll allow this. We'll allow that." Instead of telling people, simpleton theories, which are compromise, tell us darn-well home truths. What the hell is real self-discipline? And it is not that. Mindfulness and these cheap studies are utter crap… Hunker down and tell the person to control themselves, the cake in hand… all that… Please reply if you believe these studies are cop outs…

  86. Give me The bread says:

    I will slowly limit by time on YouTube so eventually i will have very little time on YouTube 😀
    You should all try this too
    I know your guilty

  87. 1bigimpact says:

    So I listen to a lot of self-help stuff and and basically just sounds like you're repeating what everybody else says correct me if I'm wrong I'm not saying you not right because you are but shouldn't we come up with original material have a good day I did enjoy the video very well edited I'm sorry I'm not trying to be an Internet troll but it just sounds like repeated words from books I read

  88. Sleeep Chen says:

    Omg! I started to do what he said a month ago before I watch this video and my life improved significantly! I can relate to what he said so much!! I did literally everything he said and I've become more confident and happier.

  89. Inspirational Encouragement says:

    For the most part, I have gotten to a point in my life where I would say I am, for the most part, a very self-disciplined person. I usually get up early in the morning when to get a head start on my day, and this also allows me some extra time to set my priorities. I have also found the pomodoro technique very helpful for studying, and eventually you get to the point where you don't really need the timer as much <– right now I need to get the timer running! I can only imagine how incredibly difficult medical school must be. Right now, I am in a Math Ed Degree and the math is really difficult!

  90. Sib Ii says:

    Stop reading comments and get back to work 😉 ~Eric Xu cool..

  91. Eduardo Cisneros says:

    Self discipline and control.
    Porn and masterbation

  92. Captain Crown Royal says:

    Im going to eat all my cheetos!

  93. Lan Shred says:

    Discipline is a power

  94. Robbie says:

    I have more self control in studying than food intake lol
    Sure it’s the same for most of us

  95. Robbie says:

    Not very useful… the video is on a general level…
    Not specific to how a med student should develop self discipline to study…

  96. Jai B says:

    I don't have very good self-discipline right now, especially when it comes to my schooling. When I wake up tomorrow I am going to meditate to start my day before I get on my phone or computer and then after I cook myself breakfast I will do my schooling. I'll reward myself for doing that by having the rest of the day as free time. I might clean my room, too, but that's not a habit rather a necessity.

  97. Diego Dominguez says:

    If I could like this video 2 times I would🙌❤️

  98. Nunya Biz says:

    i lost you at the end when you started talking about loving sone sort of process. look man you dont love anything of this world it will lead to chaos and death you should love yourslef others and God Almighty it will lead to order and love.

  99. Jesse Han says:

    For you lazy fucks:
    1. Discipline is needed to allow us to live the life we desire. It is usually explained thru will-power reserves (can only use a certain amount of will power everyday).
    2. Cultivate discipline by
    i) Start by making small goals
    ii) Practice discipline daily (Capitalize on opportunity).
    iii) Ramp it up (Walking into jogging into running)
    3. Plan ahead (change that environment)
    4. Reward yourself
    5. Love the process and embrace the drawbacks (Master skills)

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