Self-discipline is a powerful attribute to have, yet challenging to obtain. I’m working on this and I will share what I am learning with you. Let’s start by defining the terms:
Self-discipline is the ability to do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles and reach your goals, even when it's inconvenient or uncomfortable. It may involve saying: "no"to things you want or saying: "yes"to things you hate, but with the power of self-discipline, it becomes easier to stand up for yourself.
Most individuals would love to be more self-disciplined, yet very few people actually take action to acquire it.
Perhaps you start your day with good intentions, but veer off as the day progresses due to challenging issues, stresses, or distractions. Thankfully, there are some strategies you can incorporate into your daily life so you can become a master of self-discipline and stay on task.
Follow these techniques to strengthen your self-discipline:
1. Be committed to the cause. Are you truly unhappy being undisciplined? Is this something that you're committed to improving? Many times people claim they want to be more self- disciplined, but the truth is, they honestly don't mind being the way they are.
Be honest with yourself. If this is something that you definitely want to improve in your life, it may take a bit of time and effort, but it can be done.
The only way you'll succeed is by staying committed to the cause.
2. Write it down. The process of writing your ideas and goals helps you clarify the thoughts in your mind so you can come up with an action plan that you can stick to.
Write down all the areas that you wish to improve - your finances, relationships, career, or anything in between. Include what changes you would like to see and how you believe will be the best way to make it happen.
When I wrote my book, I signed a contract to myself and kept it in front of me every day. My written contract included how I would reward myself along the way.
3. Enlist the help of others. It's absolutely wonderful that you've committed to make a positive change in your life, but don't keep it under wraps. Tell others that you want to make a change and boost your self-discipline.
Don't be ashamed that you weren't more self-disciplined from the beginning. The important thing is that you're now taking positive action! Those who love you will be there to support you and help you celebrate your successes.
Your support group can also help you get through the bad days and put you back on track to achieve your goals.
4. Believe in yourself. Have faith in yourself and know that if you can master your self-discipline, you can do anything! There will be both good and bad days, but as long as you remain focused and committed, you'll be successful in strengthening your self-discipline.
Remember to focus on the big picture and concentrate on how your body, mind, and energy will change for the better when you stay committed.
Many people admire those who are self-disciplined.
These people can stay on a schedule and never seem to lose focus on what they need to accomplish. They make more wise decisions, take action when they need to, and achieve their goals with relative ease.
Implement these strategies into your daily life and they'll soon become habits. Self-discipline can become your way of life - if you want it!
- Mike Acker
Lead Coach & Speaker at ADVANCE