Self Discipline and Self Centred Goals

Self Discipline and Self Centred Goals

As we know self discipline is a requirement to achieving goals but how does self discipline and self centred goals work together? Phillip Moeller from the Chicago Tribune has written an article about the interesting phenomenon of goals that are self centred and those that are externally centred.

Knowing more about this can help you understand what motivates you and where self discipline might come a little easier for you.

The article states

Self Discipline and Self Centred Goals

“Back in the 1960s, many college students felt that developing a life philosophy was the most important thing they could do, and material prosperity was not important,” Sheldon says. “Today, those two things have been flipped.”


If having money makes us happy, spending lots of it, by contrast, does not seem to do so. When we buy an expensive item, it turns out, our joy in having it fades over time.

Many researchers find that life evaluation does not benefit from money, beyond having enough to meet basic needs. Kahneman disagrees, and finds that higher income improves a person’s life evaluation even among people who are already wealthy.

However, he found in research that there is a ceiling of about $75,000 a year in how much people need to achieve their maximum amount of emotional well-being. People making more than this amount of money did not feel they gained additional happiness, the research found. “More money does not necessarily buy more happiness,” he said. “But less money is associated with emotional pain.” Oswald, by contrast, thinks Kahneman’s findings warrant more research.

It’s a very interesting article that can really help you understand how you tick and you can start to choose if that’s the way you want to tick. Understanding Self discipline and self centred goals can help you choose goals you are more likely to stay motivated for.

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