Do you feel unhealthy and overweight? Do you want to make changes in your life yourself by eating healthy and exercising regularly? Most of us have tried to achieve this many times before, but without making progress or showing success. The reason for this is usually a lack of self-discipline.
There are a few things you can do to gain willpower and learn self-discipline in order to take control of your habits and choices, and reach your goal. Let’s look at 7 most powerful and significant ways to master discipline.
#1 Know your weaknesses
We all have weaknesses – be it eating too much sugar or being addicted to social media. They have similar effects on us.
People often try to pretend that they don’t have weaknesses, but it is important to acknowledge your shortcomings, whatever they may be. Own up to your flaws – this will enable you to overcome them.
#2 Set clear goals and have an executive plan
If you hope to achieve discipline, you must have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and know where you are going, because it’s easy to get sidetracked.
A clear plan outlines each step you must take in order to reach your goals. Figure out who you are and create a mantra to keep yourself focused. Successful people use this technique to stay on track and be disciplined.
#3 Create new habits by keeping it simple
To become disciplined can feel daunting at first and you may not know where to start. Well, just keep it simple. Break your goal into small, doable steps. Instead of trying to change everything at once, focus on doing one thing consistently and master self-discipline with that goal in mind.
For example, if you’re trying to get in shape, start by working out 10 or 15 minutes a day. If you’re trying to achieve better sleep habits, start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night.
#4 Reward yourself
Give yourself something to look forward to if you accomplish your goals – that will keep you motivated.
If you have something to focus on, it will inspire you and when you achieve your goal, find a new goal and a new reward to keep improving yourself.
#5 Active goal setting
Active goal setting means goals that are specific and measurable. And you have a plan towards their attainment. When we set long-term goals in this manner, and we also engage in active goal setting on a daily basis, it’s far easier to achieve our dreams.
Active goal setting instils discipline because it gives us direction. It also helps us to avoid distractions by seeing just what needs to be done in a given day.
Most of us know that exercise is an important habit to keep. It acts as a cornerstone to a life filled with good and positive habits and free from bad habits. So how can one truly discipline oneself? It’s easy – instill the keystone habit of daily exercise.
The habit of exercise will make you become more disciplined, whilst also improving your life in a number of ways. It reduces your levels of stress and pain by releasing endorphins and neurotransmitters, as well as improving health by increasing blood flow. It also increases your ability to focus on the task at hand, allowing us to lead a more disciplined life.
To be self-disciplined and achieve our goals, we need to be organized. Organization is a habit that needs to be wholly embodied, not only in our professional life, but in our personal life too.
Like all the other habits, the habit of organization can be slowly built up over time. It requires some effort and attention, yes, but it will pay off enormously in the long run. When the physical space around you is organized, your mind becomes more relaxed, stress free, and able to focus.