Best Books On Self Discipline in 2020

We all have it. The self-discipline that defines us as humans. Some of us use it every day, and others use it when they must. Self-discipline is an invisible basket filled with character traits. The ability to make choices can inhibit the use of those traits. Perseverance, restraint, and thinking before we act can disappear when we need them the most. There are countless books on the market that help people learn how to use self-discipline. Everyone wants to succeed and to get what they want in challenging situations. Here are five of the best books on self-discipline:




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The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg


The Success Principles by Jack Canfield


Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister


Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy


Zen Habits by Leo Babauta

Best Books On Self Discipline - Review

It takes self-discipline to review five books about self-discipline. There is an urge to give them all five stars for just recognizing the merits of being aware of what we think, and how we act. The urge to give the number one spot to just one book is subjective, but after giving the task some thought, The Power of Habit and The Success Principles hit a wide audience of self-discipline seekers.

The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit explains that habits are products of part of the brain called the basal ganglia. That portion of the brain is responsible for memories, emotions, and patterns. Decisions come from another area of the brain. The book focuses on the power of building positive habits. Understanding how habits form is important and is an important step in learning self-discipline techniques.

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

The Success Principle Canfield’s book gives readers insight into Jack’s thoughts about developing self-discipline. It is an easy read, and it is an informative book that can stimulate the urge to practice some of Canfield’s principles.

Zen Habits by Leo Babauta

Zen Habits is another important look into the world of Eastern thought, and how Buddhism has influenced the art of self-discipline. The book is not for everyone, but it is a good book for people who understand the energy within the action of Zen.

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog gives readers 21 ways to stop procrastinating and get things done. Twenty-one ways to stop procrastinating may be too many ways for some people, but the book does outline a plan to achieve value fulfillment and self-discipline.

Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister

Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength is another good book by a great psychologist. The book focuses on willpower, and the author explains how that tool will change a person’s life.

What Self-Discipline Book Is The Right One?

Self-discipline is the art of mastering thoughts. If people can’t control their thoughts, they can’t control how they act. People who are able to think before they act are able to be patient, tolerant, considerate and understanding. Those people are more punctual and they invest more effort in getting what they want. Finding the right book that can help identify the reasons why self-discipline is not working for you, starts with a thought and a desire. Everything we do in this world starts with a thought. Thoughts become actions, beliefs, habits and regrets of some kind (Source).

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the 19th-century poet, and philosopher, said it best in his 1841 essay on Self-Reliance: “A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.” Finding the right book that helps stimulate the powers of self-discipline is an individual choice. The answer rests in the mind of the searcher, not in the mind of someone else that thinks one book is the absolute solution for activating self-discipline in others .

There are videos that explain how to use self-discipline. Just like books, not all videos address the needs of every person searching for help with self-discipline. Here is one video that can start the process:

What Methods Can Be Used To Gain Self-Discipline?

Several studies show that people who have self-control are happy people. People that practice self-discipline are more capable of dealing with conflicts when it comes to achieving goals. They spend less time debating about negative behavior. They use time wisely, and they make positive decisions. Here are five methods that will help stimulate self-discipline:

  • Remove temptations. The old saying, “out of sight, out of mind,” works when distractions and temptations are not clouding your thoughts.
  • Eat Healthy And Eat Regularly. Research studies indicate that low blood sugar weakens resolve and the ability to think clearly.
  • Don’t Wait For It To Feel Right. Changing your normal routine can stimulate different thoughts and actions because habits can have a negative impact on self-discipline.
  • Schedule Breaks And Treats For Yourself. Giving yourself no wiggle room when trying to stimulate self-discipline can be detrimental to the ultimate goal. When you practice self-control don’t be afraid to give yourself treats and rewards along the way.
  • Forgive Yourself And Move On. Changing thoughts and action doesn’t always turn out the way you expect. Ups and downs will happen. Failure is part of the learning curve, so forgive yourself and start over (Source).

What Can Practicing Self-Discipline Really Do For Me?


The lack of self-discipline can ruin a relationship. People can spread dissatisfaction to others. Anxiety, fear, procrastination, and the inability to change creates doubt, and the feeling of despair which leads to depression. Love of self disappears, and people compensate for the void they feel by acting out in strange ways. They blame others for their shortcomings, and they attack the system for their lack of self-responsibility.

When a person decides to practice self-discipline, self-doubt and the feeling of inadequacy goes away. People begin to trust their thoughts, and they accept their decisions and actions. Even when things don’t work out as planned, a self-discipline person moves on and makes another conscious choice. Self-discipline stimulates the love we have for our self, and the love we share with others. Self-discipline is the foundation for self-responsibility. Self-responsibility changes the way we experience the world (Source).

Is Self-Discipline Important In The Big Picture

The world is experiencing the effects of a lack of self-discipline. People pass the buck and expect others to practice self-discipline. Our government lacks the self-discipline to stay on course when it comes to fulfilling promises and keeping communication lines open and truthful. Our schools fall behind because teachers lack self-discipline. And religious leaders fuel hate and destruction while they teach about love and forgiveness. People wander through life wondering why things are the way they are without looking within. People don’t realize the lack of collective self-discipline is the cause of world pain. Yes, self-discipline is important in the big picture. Without it, the planet will continue to be a dangerous and destructive reality.


The road to self-discipline doesn’t have to be a difficult journey. The road starts and ends in each person. Emerson eloquently points that out in his 1841 essay:

“There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.” (Source)

Robert Nathan

Robert is a quite introverted person who meets with the problems of everyday life but solves them in unusual ways. In his childhood he always stayed in the background, yet kept trying to prevail. He did it firstly by not putting up with mediocre answers, but he tried to see behind the problems and find long-term solutions for them.