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The Top Habits Of A Disciplined Person

What are the habits of a disciplined person?

You’re most likely familiar with the typical habits of healthy eating, daily exercise, cold plunges, etc. And yes, many disciplined people engage in these activities. However, there are many other simple routines you can do to build your self-discipline.

These habits are easy, and you can start doing them today to gain more self-control in your life.

I’ve been experimenting with and incorporating many of the best practices for self-improvement in my life for nearly a decade. Moreover, I’ve been writing and speaking about my experiences for almost five years. For this reason, I can tell you that certain habits contribute more than others to a disciplined person’s ability to exert self-control for sustained periods.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting.

These simple practices can completely transform the quality of your life. And the best part? Anyone can adopt them if they’re willing to put in the effort. So, what are the top habits of a disciplined person?

Keep reading to find out.

Show Up

One of the best habits of a disciplined person is they just show up.

This habit is the main differentiator between people with ironclad self-discipline and those who—for lack of a better phrase—just can’t seem to “get it together.” You would be amazed at the power that “just showing up” can have in your life.

But here’s where it gets interesting…

You don’t even have to give it 100%. Now, that may seem counterproductive to a lot of self-improvement advice out there. And quite frankly, I’ll be the first to tell you to always try to do your best! However, here’s the deal…

When it comes to habit formation, it’s much better to make success easy for yourself.

I’d much rather have you show up and “half-ass it” than think you have to do it perfectly every time and then quit because of the effort required for that kind of performance.

Face Discomfort

In September 2020, I read “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins for the first time.

In the book (and in many of his interviews), he mentions that you should do something that sucks every day. His reasoning is that life is hard. And to endure the difficulties that we all have to face, we have to strengthen our minds.

However, a fortified mind doesn’t just come about on its own. It takes willpower and discipline. And that’s when Goggins drops the powerful life philosophy of “doing something that sucks every day.”

I started taking daily cold showers that day.

And now, nearly 4 years later, I have continued the practiced. While there have been many benefits to this daily practice, I think the main one has been that I now truly believe I can adopt any habit or discipline into my life.

I mean, if you can take a cold shower every day, there’s little else that you can’t incorporate into your lifestyle.

Constant Learning

Disciplined people are constantly learning.

They make this a necessity. Whether it’s through books, courses, mentors, etc., they are continually striving to retool themselves, sharpen their skills, and grow their reserve of knowledge.

This notion is essential, as constant learning will put you in the driver’s seat of your life. There are many ways for you to stay on top of the learning curve:

  • Books
  • Courses
  • Returning to school
  • Mentors and coaches
  • Programs and certifications

One of the top habits of a disciplined person is constantly learning. So, incorporate learning—in whatever capacity works best for you—into your life as a constant and unyielding habit.


Disciplined people are decisive.

Once they truly commit to something, they make it happen come hell or high water. The word “decide” is not truly understood by many people. To decide means to “cut off” the possibility of any other outcome.

You go all in.

This trait is important not only for adopting healthy habits but also for accomplishing big goals. And disciplined people have it down pat. In his landmark, best-selling self-help classic “Think and Grow Rich,” author Napoleon Hill details the necessity of decisiveness.

He explains that making clear-cut decisions and following through no matter what is the hallmark of a success-oriented person.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to the top habits of a disciplined person, there are many behaviors that contribute to their quality of life. It’s never one habit that does all the”heavy lifting.” Instead, it is the accumulation of numerous habits—consistently repeated over time—that eventually create a life and lifestyle of happiness, success, and well-being.

For this reason, it’s essential to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Habit formation takes time. And so does creating a high-quality you feel proud of. But with persistence, all things are possible. If you’re interested in additional self-improvement tips, be sure to sign up for The Motivated And Disciplined Newsletter below.

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