Almost everyone thinks at some time that they can use at least a little more self-discipline. It can make the difference between the success and failure if we are trying to lose eight. Self-discipline allows us to pick up that guitar and put in two hours of practice each day. It helps us stay on track for work, as well as for the things we enjoy.
People who seem to have remarkable self-discipline do not have to rely less on talent and luck. They create their own talent and luck. Developing self-discipline is like building up any other muscle. If you have very little today, and you do nothing different, you will not magically have more next week. This is not to say you cannot develop a tremendous amount over time.
The keys to Improving self-discipline:
1. Get your tasks done now.
- It is very easy to delay things until we feel more like doing them. That is exactly the opposite of self-discipline.
- The idea of self-discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, no matter our current mood or disposition.
- Life keeps moving forward whether we feel like being a part of it or not.
2. Make small changes first.
- If your level of self-control is low, do not delude yourself into thinking you can chnage all of your behaviors overnight. It is a process.
- Start with something small.
- Maybe something as simple as brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, every single day.
- Instead of starting an exercise routine with something like PX-90 minutes, begin with a 15 minute-a-day commitment.
3. Finish what you start.
- Again, it is very easy to drop an unpleasant task just before we reach completion.
- We will charge i and wash all the dishes, except for that big, greasy frying pan that no one seems to want to bother with.
- We mow the lawn, but save the trimming for another day.
- We clean 90% of the garage, but that last 10% gets put off until next weekend, or then the next, and so on.
- As a point of personal honor, consider completing all tasks.
- Get in the habit of finishing what you start.
- When you begin a task that you should be able to complete within a day, stick with it, and finish it that day.
- You will discover that this particular attitude will carry over into a lot of other areas of your life.
4. Push through your through negative feelings.
- Our negative feelings are not what really stops us in our tracks. It is just a feeling.
- We think about doing something we do not really want to do, and then we get that sickening feeling in the pit of our stomachs.
- But, we have a choice. These feelings, these emotions do not have to stop us from taking action.
- Simply take note of the discomfort and act anyway. In time, it will pass.
5. Set a timer.
- Set deadlines for yourself and use them to your advantage.
- Along these same lines, a simple timer can be handy to keep you on track each day.
- Time pressure is very effective at helping many of us stay focused on the task at hand.
6. Take breaks.
- Use your breaks wisely.
- While this may vary from person to person, for most of us, studies have shown that a 10-minute break every hour can improve our productivity.
- Get up, stretch your back, and get a drink of water.
- Make a short phone call.
- Avoid getting distracted by something really enjoyable.
- That video game can easily stretch into 30 minutes or more.
- Watching YouTube videos can lead to the same result.
- Your break should be a break, but it should not be a distraction or a form of entertainment.
- Avoid letting your breaks distract you from the work at hand.
Self-discipline is a quality of boundless potential that you can learn to use to great advantage.
In most cases, you know what you need to do to be more successful.
The internal challenge lies in getting ourselves to do what needs to be done.
Working on our self-discipline can enrich every aspect of our lives.