How To Make Self Discipline A Habit
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said that self discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment, and that`s exactly what it is. No matter what goals you wish to achieve, you WILL need some degree of self discipline.
Very often, self discipline will mean doing what you need to do even if you don`t feel like it. While motivation can get you started, after a while it will dissipate and the pursuit of your goals will come down to a daily grind.
You will also need to do what you dislike. There will be times when you need to make sacrifices that are necessary. This is all par for the course, and if you have developed self discipline habits you will stay on track. You know that if you don`t sacrifice for what you want, then what you want will become the sacrifice.
How do you establish this immensely difficult habit?
You start with small daily disciplines. The reason why most people fail is that they try to do too much too soon. They want fast results without realising that breaking all their bad habits and replacing them with new and better ones is a Herculean effort, and should be approached gradually.
Changing your diet slowly is easy. Working out at the gym for short sessions is easy. Trying to overhaul your diet overnight will be a nightmare though that`s for sure. The same applies for exercising hard or working longer on your business.
You have to take a slower approach. As your mind and body gets conditioned to your new self discipline habits, it will become easier to make more positive changes. This is how they become established for future behaviour.
As the old saying goes, "Rome wasn`t built in a day", but they were laying bricks every hour. Similarly, your self discipline will be built with small steps and as you gain more confidence and believe in yourself more, you`ll do better. It`s all about adhering to the small promises you made to yourself.
Another point to note is that no matter how small the positive changes may be, you will still meet with some resistence. That is just the way it is unfortunately. You will find that you are out of your comfort zone and while this may not be too unbearable, it might also not be too pleasurable either.
For example, if you drink a soda every night you might decide to replace it with some water. As simple as this action may be, it`s likely that you will still crave the sugar from the soda, but it will be manageable.
However, if you suddenly cut out all sugar from your diet, the sugar cravings will be so strong that you might just end up binge eating at night and drinking more soda than you would have in the first place.
So, take the slow and steady approach instead for better results.
It would also be good to have a daily routine and a plan to follow. This will help keep you on track and record your progress and new found self disciplines. It`s a good idea to read your list of goals daily so that you remember why they matter and what you are sacrificing for.
When the WHY is clear, the HOW is easy to achieve, or becomes slightly easier the more you practice.
Follow the tips in this article until you have self discipline that is forged of Bethlehem Steel. Once you do what you need to most of the time, success will be yours in any endeavour you choose.
"With self discipline, all things are possible". - Theodore Roosevelt
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Steve Joynson is the owner and founder of Formula To Life Success! A personal development website with useful articles and tips about how to live your best life.