50 Self Discipline Affirmations to Help You Honor Your Priorities

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The key to becoming self disciplined is believing you can be. These self discipline affirmations will help you be more sure of your own ability to accomplish your goals.

Now, before we get into the rest of this post, I want to make one thing clear:

I don’t believe in the capitalistic push for productivity 24/7.

That shit’s not healthy, and it’ll wear you out!

We’re not meant to be productive all the time. Rest is important, as is setting aside time for self care.

But we do need some level of self discipline, to make sure we’re taking care of what’s important to us–even when we don’t want to.

That actually is a form of real self care!

So, here are some self discipline affirmations that will help you honor your priorities and live by your design.

Affirmations for Discipline

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One of the best things about being an adult is that you get to be your own parent!

You have the freedom to do whatever you want with your time, money, energy, and so on.

But, on the other hand… You’re the parent now. That means you have to discipline yourself, and sometimes that means you can’t just do “whatever you want”.

It’s up to you to determine what your priorities are, and then to figure out how to go about honoring those priorities.

Affirmations can be a great way to remind yourself what’s true and what’s important in your daily life.

To start off, here are some general affirmations for discipline.

  1. I am wise about how I spend my time, money, and energy.
  2. My priorities are important to me; I always do what I can to honor them.
  3. Even if no one else is telling me to, I will do what is right for me.
  4. Even if everyone else is doing it, that doesn’t mean I have to do it.
  5. I am wise enough to not be swayed by peer pressure.
  6. I am my own parent, and I am a good parent!
  7. Self discipline is like a muscle; the more I use it, the stronger it gets.
  8. I can be disciplined and still have fun and enjoy life.
  9. I don’t have to give up joy in order to take care of my needs.
  10. When I honor my needs, I actually make more space for some of my wants.

Self Discipline Affirmations for Procrastination

As someone with ADHD, I’m no stranger to procrastination.

If I know I can get something done at the last minute, why bother doing it before then?

(Maybe because I get panicky when I wait until the last minute! C’mon, Present Riley, think of Future Riley!)

Sometimes, a quickly approaching deadline can motivate someone to do their best work.

But we shouldn’t make a habit of avoiding things until they absolutely demand our attention – that’s a great way to set yourself up for a breakdown later on down the road.

Here are some affirmations for procrastination (or, rather, how to overcome it).

  1. I am wise in choosing and honoring my priorities.
  2. I can do the fun thing after I do the important thing.
  3. The longer I wait, the more stressed I’ll get. Better to do it now.
  4. Waiting is not going to make the thing go away.
  5. I get things done in a timely manner.
  6. If I don’t do it now, it’ll take up even more of my time later.
  7. I honor my future by making wise use of my time today.
  8. Not liking a thing is not an excuse not to do it.
  9. I’m more concerned about the consequences of not doing this than how much I don’t feel like doing it right now.
  10. Today, I’m choosing to procrastinate on my procrastination.

Pssst. Struggling with procrastination? Maybe you need an overhaul of your schedule!

Self Discipline Affirmations for Willpower

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Do you ever know you need to do something, for your own good, but you just can’t seem to get going on it?

What you need is some good old fashioned willpower!

We can’t just wait to be super motivated and energized before we do things. Sometimes, we have to act before motivation enters the picture.

For example, I know I need to schedule doctor appointments for myself, or vet appointments for my cat. This holds true whether or not I feel like doing it–and sometimes I really don’t want to do it, due to anxiety, or exhaustion, for instance.

Sometimes, things need to get done, for your own (or your loved ones’) wellbeing!

So, here are some self discipline affirmations for willpower.

  1. I will do what I need to do, even when it’s not fun.
  2. Instead of waiting for motivation, I will start my task and get into flow.
  3. This will only take __ minutes, not a lifetime. I can handle this.
  4. The importance of my priorities motivates me to honor them.
  5. I can do this. I will do this. I am doing this!
  6. I’ve got all the focus I need.
  7. When I’ve done what I’ve set out to do, I can reward myself with _____.
  8. Temporary discomfort is worth it when I look at the big picture.
  9. There is enough time for me to do the things I want to do and the things I need to do.
  10. I will not let fear, anger, sadness, or uncertainty keep me from honoring my needs.

Self Discipline Affirmations for Consistency

Sometimes, sticking with a commitment is hard–especially if it’s a new one!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started a new habit or routine, and then given up the moment it stopped being fun, easy, or interesting.

More often than not, there’s a rough patch when you start a new thing. Pushing through and having the self discipline to be consistent can save us from missing out on great opportunities!

Here are some affirmations for consistency, to keep you going even when you don’t feel like it.

  1. I am dedicated to my routine because I know it is for my wellbeing.
  2. I’m not going to give up just because this is hard; I’m capable of so much more than I realize.
  3. The more I do this, the easier it’ll become.
  4. I’m committed to honoring my priorities, no matter what distractions try to get in my way.
  5. My desire to do this may waver day to day, but my commitment to my goals will not.
  6. I can do things even when I don’t want to.
  7. Some days might have slower progress than others, but I will not stop.
  8. Every time I make the right choice, my self discipline grows stronger.
  9. I haven’t come this far to only come this far.
  10. I’ve gotten this far; I’m not going to give up now!

Affirmations for Self Control

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Self control is an important element of self discipline.

Most often, when I think of self control, I think of not doing something you know you shouldn’t do.

It’s having the discipline to say, “No, I’m not going to do that, no matter how much I want to, because I know it’s not good for me.”

It could be something physical, like not using certain substances that are damaging to your wellbeing.

Or it could be more abstract, like reining in your anger so you don’t hurt yourself or others.

To conclude our list, here are 10 affirmations for self control.

  1. I make choices that are wise for me.
  2. My emotions are valid, but they do not control my actions.
  3. I will not sacrifice my future wellbeing by making unwise decisions in the present.
  4. I am strong enough to resist the temptation of things that harm me.
  5. Some things are best kept in moderation.
  6. I know when to seek help and accountability if I need to.
  7. I live by my values and honor my priorities, not whims.
  8. My top priority is honoring my wellbeing.
  9. Sometimes, resisting temptation is hard. But I can do hard things.
  10. I love myself more than I like _____.

Create Your Own Affirmations

You can also come up with your own specific affirmations for discipline, by reminding yourself of what will happen if you don’t do what you need to do.

I don’t always feel like flossing my teeth, for example, but I remind myself that I “only have to floss the ones I want to keep”, and it works like a charm!

Remind Yourself of Your Priorities

Make your own affirmations for self discipline by saying things like, “If I don’t do this, _____ might/will happen. I’m committed to my wellbeing, so I will do this.”

(In my case, I might say: “If I don’t floss my teeth, I could lose them when I’m older. I want to keep my teeth, so I’m going to floss them even when I don’t feel like it.”)

Sometimes, your priorities might mean you need to take a moment to rest, rather than push through and tackle everything on your to-do list before the end of the day.

Self discipline is important, but so is being gentle with yourself. The two are not incompatible!

May you be disciplined in handling your priorities, while also acting with gentle self-love. ❤️


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What area of your life do you feel you could use more self discipline in? Can you think of any more self discipline affirmations to keep you on track? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

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