Monthly Archives: April 2015

How to Master the Number 1 Skill That All Successful People Share In 6 Simple Steps Part Four

So far we’ve looked at the first five steps to fostering more self-discipline, these being:

 

  1. Know your goals and where you are headed
  2. Don’t pay any attention to enablers
  3. Set yourself up for success
  4. Make a commitment
  5. Breaks and rewards

 

This week we look at the sixth critical step in developing more self-discipline – measuring our progress.

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How to Master the Number 1 Skill That All Successful People Share In 6 Simple Steps Part Three

 

So far we’ve talked through the first three steps of fostering more self-discipline:

 

  1. Know your goals and where you are headed
  2. Don’t pay any attention to enablers
  3. Set yourself up for success

 

This week we look at arguably one of the most important steps – making a commitment.

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How to Master the Number 1 Skill That All Successful People Share In 6 Simple Steps Part Two

Last week we discussed the value of knowing your goals and having a crystal clear picture of where you are headed, this week we look at steps two and three which help us foster greater levels of self discipline.

 

Step Two: Don’t Pay Any Attention to Enablers

 

The first stumbling block I came upon when trying to instil more self-discipline in my life was with my enablers. You probably know them, the friends who will do anything to encourage you to come out for ‘one drink’ or ‘go to the cinema’ at a moments notice.

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Self-Discipline – Who Needs It?

In truth we all need self-discipline to do the things required of us as functioning adults. Budgeting, tax returns and cleaning are all tasks most people don’t enjoy but nevertheless need to do. These tasks require self-discipline. If, like me, you are highly driven and want to achieve more than most, then it will be no surprise that you will also need to develop more self-discipline than most too.

 

There are many people who could benefit from developing higher levels of self-discipline, here are just a few:

 

  • Young adults who have only recently become independent.
  • Business owners.
  • People who want to achieve big things.
  • People who procrastinate.
  • People who watch excessive amounts of TV or play video games excessively.
  • People who spend 100% of their time outside of work socialising to the extent that they neglect important tasks such as housework or paying bills.

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Why We Don’t Do What’s Good For Us and How To Get Out of Our Own Way

 

There are so many reasons why we don’t always do what we know to be good for us. We might just not want to do it, we may even hate doing it (like budgeting) or we might be low on motivation and need to remind ourselves why we would benefit from doing it in the first place.

 

Yesterday I spoke of self-discipline being like a muscle, but if that’s true what exercises can we do to build up our self-discipline muscle? There are several strategies that can be used and to help you along the way here are my top five:

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What is Self-Discipline?

 

According to the Collins online dictionary, self discipline is:

 

“The act of power to discipline one’s own feelings, desires, etc, especially with the intention of improving oneself”

 

In my experience self-discipline is when we do things which we either don’t like, don’t want to at the time or which we simply have no motivation for, so that we can achieve more and improve ourselves.

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How to Master the Number 1 Skill That All Successful People Share In 6 Simple Steps Part One

We’ve all done it. We’ve all chosen instant gratification over long-term gain at some point or another. The problem for my twenty-five year old self was that it became my default way of being. For many of us, we continue this approach to life well into our thirties, despite the clear advantages of having higher levels of self-discipline such as increasing our productivity, achieving our goals and ultimately being happier.

 

But self-discipline has a bad reputation, it’s the dirty little word that most people associate with book worms or scientists. In reality though, all successful people possess self-discipline, even interesting creative types, like well known actresses and famous musicians. It is the one quality which enables us to master all others and without it, our goals become infinitely harder, if possible at all, to achieve.

 

How do we foster more self-discipline? Is it possible? Although I am not as disciplined I would like to be, I am incredibly self-disciplined compared to my twenty-five year old self, for example this past Christmas I wrote over 15,000 words for my following years blog articles.

 

So yes, you can absolutely foster more self-discipline and become a pro at achieving your goals, whether in life, love or work. True self-discipline remains a skill that relatively few possess and, by developing your own self-discipline, you will ensure you stand out from the crowd.

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