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.
Step One: Know Your Goals and Remind Yourself Where You Are Headed
One of the things which really helped my efforts when trying to cultivate more self-discipline was getting crystal clear on what I wanted to achieve and remembering why I wanted to achieve it. Every time I felt I wanted to do something other than work towards my goals, I simply reminded myself of what I was working towards and why, and it provided me with greater resolve and determination.
Try writing out your goals in the back of your diary and look at them regularly or write them out and place them somewhere highly visible, like on your mirror or fridge. Another way to cement your goals is to create a dream board and hang it up on the wall in your bedroom (I personally adore my dream board). For a more detailed look into creating meaningful goals, read ‘How to Turn Your Dreams into Reality’.
Stay tuned, next Monday part two in the series looks at steps two and three – learning not to pay attention to enablers and setting yourself up for success!
Do you have goals and a clear picture of where you are headed? What would you like to achieve if anything was possible? Are you thinking about creating a goal? Do you have any tips of your own for keeping your goals and desired outcomes fresh in your mind? Please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.
- Read ‘How to Turn Your Dreams into Reality’ if you have yet to create a meaningful goal
- Create a S.M.A.R.T. goal that inspires you
- Break it down into a daily practise
‘No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline’ By Brian Tracy