It is a fact that the most highly successful people are also the most highly disciplined people. Discipline is the ability to maintain focus on a task no matter what else is happening. Having a high level of discipline is how you answer those hard math problems, complete long and drawn out projects, and discipline helps you keep unnecessary influences away from as you build your best life. Below are 5 quick tips that you can use to improve your discipline.
As I researched, several tips appeared that I feel need to be mentioned as necessary to build self-discipline. Each of these tips are powerful and when practiced consistently as strong habits and routines, they we’ll surely help to improve your self-discipline. in no particular order, here are 9 tips to improve your self-discipline.
1. Take care of yourself!
When your body is happy and healthy, you can put more focus on the things that you feel are important to you. Getting enough sleep at night, eating healthy, exercising, and more healthy habits will set your body up to be focused and prepared for what’s to come ahead.
2. Remove Temptations
Distractions come by the second. The only way to keep from succumbing to them is to remove them completely from your life. That’s right. To improve your self discipline you will need to eliminate some tv time, social network time, texting and phone call time and so forth as you work on your goals. These temptations will only pull you away from the goals that you want to accomplish. You’ll find that your goals will be kicked down the street to be picked up later. Get those temptations out of here! Okay?
3. Schedule Breaks, Treats, and Rewards for Yourself
Look, being disciplined is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of work. To help, reward yourself. Who knows what you like better then you? Nobody!! That favorite candy bar of yours? Eat one once you’ve met a goal! That weekend nap you’ve been craving? Take one after you’ve met your goal! These small rewards will give a chance to breath and a chance to relax and feel good about how far you’ve come. It also gives you a chance to re-energize for where you’re about to go. Take breaks and reward yourself during projects, after homework, after practices and more and watch your discipline increase.
4. Forgive Yourself & Move On
Not everything is going to go as you planned it. This can get very frustrating. We have to remember that mistakes are a part of the growing process. Mistakes are the proof that we are trying to get better, we are not where we want to be just yet, and what we need to improve on to get to where we want to be. When you make a mistake, just look at it as a checkpoint that says, “You’ve made it this far, now keep going.” Then, forgive yourself and move on. You have greatness ahead of you.
5. Don’t Wait for it to “Feel Right”
People sometimes say, “I’ll do it tomorrow, today is just not a good day.” This type of thinking only kicks the can down the road and you’ll end up forgetting and more importantly, regretting, that you didn’t start sooner. A friend of mine, in motivating me to keep running after I get tired, gave me this phrase that I apply often in my life, “Enjoy the suck!” This simply means to enjoy the hard stuff. Enjoy the feeling of “I don’t want to.” When you learn to enjoy working when you don’t feel like working, you’ll begin to realize that you can work in any situation whether you enjoy it or not. This, definitely, improves your discipline.
6. Ignore the Naysayers
Not everyone is going to understand what you’re doing. Some will say that you’re acting weird or try to get you to do something that’s “more fun.” What they don’t understand is that you have a plan for your success. Your plan for success won’t match up with plans that your friends have for you. So, what you’ll need to do is ignore them and FOCUS on your goals. No one can determine your success but you! When you choose to allow naysayers to control what you do, you will lose out on the greatness that awaits you. Ignore them, Focus on your goals and Go get’em!
7. Get Support
Now that you’ve gotten the strength to ignore the people that don’t want to believe in you, you can begin to surround yourself with people that will support you. Some people are meant for you to grow and some people are good now, but meant to for you to let go! On this road to greatness, you will need to find people that will hold you accountable for doing the things that you want to do. For instance, you may have a friend that will call you and ask, “Hey. Did you finish your homework? I’ve finished mine!” That friend is holding you accountable for completing your work. That is a good friend for you to have because he/she is offering support for you to get good grades. Surround yourself with supportive friends.
8. Create a Plan
Nothing great happens by accident. Greatness happens through repeated efforts that have been thoroughly planned and executed. Millionaires don’t “luck up” and become millionaires. Great athletes don’t “fall into” being great athletes. These things happen because they planned for them to happen. They set a goal first and then outlined the steps needed to reach that goal. If you want to achieve anything in life, you must create a plan to obtain it. Start with the goal itself and work your way backwards to what you’ll need to do each day to make progress toward your goal. Making a plan is fun and you can create the plan that you feel will give you the best shot at reaching your goal. Also, don’t be afraid to adjust your plan to fit what life throw at you!
9. Break Bad Habits
Last, but certainly not least. You… WE must work to break our bad habits. Procrastination, Making Excuses, Doing just enough to get by, and others must be stopped. We will only be great by Being Great all the time. No Excuses! We must do it or not, there is no such thing as trying when it comes to your goals and your greatness. Throw those old bad habits out of the window, get serious about who you want to be, use these 9 tips to improve your Self-Discpline and BE GREAT!
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