Improving Your Self-Discipline for Maximum Success
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Self-discipline is critical for success and it is nearly impossible to achieve your goals if you are not disciplined. Whether your goals are to start a business or something smaller like losing five pounds, you cannot achieve them without the discipline needed to create and stick to your plan. When you have self-discipline, you have good control over your emotions, behaviors, impulses and desires. You are able to suppress the negative so that you do not get sidetracked from your goals.
Self-discipline is not something that anyone is born with. This is something that you work on and develop throughout your life. There are many ways to improve upon your self-discipline so that it is easier to meet your short-term and long-term goals in a timely manner. Start small and work towards developing this critical attribute so that all of the positive changes and behaviors stick.
Learn Your Bad Triggers and Your Motivators
Everyone has triggers that cause them to participate in negative behavior. Everyone also has things that motivate them to do good and positive things. It is important to identify what these are so that you can use them to your advantage. For example, once you identify your bad triggers, they start to lose their control over you. For example, if you are trying to lose weight and there are certain junk foods that are too tempting, you can stay away from these to keep yourself on track.
When it comes to motivators, these can include anything from an inspirational quote to a person you admire. The key is to know what these are and how to use them to stay motivated and on track to reach your goals. You want to surround yourself with positive energy because this helps your self-discipline, as well as your overall happiness.
Turn Good Behaviors Into Routines
Everyone has a routine that they follow each day, but not all aspects are positive. You want to ditch the negative aspects of your routine and start to incorporate your good behaviors. For example, if you enjoy physical activity, work this into your daily routine. You can take a walk on your lunch break at work, or sweat it out after you get home. This naturally pushes out those self-defeating habits and routine components to make your daily routine more positive and healthy.
Train Yourself in Self-Denial
It is not healthy to hold in your negative emotions, but it can be self-destructive to let them out at the wrong time. For example, if you are up for a promotion and you do not get it, unleashing on your boss is not going to help you. Hold these feelings in and when you get home from work, talk to a trusted loved one to sort things out. This ensures that you are able to express yourself, but at the right time. A major element of self-discipline is knowing the right time and place to be brutally honest about how you are feeling. This gives you greater control over your emotions, your behavior and your life as a whole.
Visualize the Rewards of Self-Discipline
As you are working toward a greater level of self-discipline, you may find yourself feeling like your efforts are not paying off. However, if you take a few minutes to visualize the positive rewards that come with this level of control, it makes it easier to continue on with your goals. Get comfortable and visualize yourself getting that promotion, fitting into the clothes that you love or opening your business. This keeps you motivated and in a more positive frame of mind. Other benefits of visualizing the rewards of self-discipline include:
a) It helps you to build your self-confidence
b) You have better tolerance for frustration
c) Life gets easier with self-discipline
d) You are more productive and are accomplishing more
e) Your finances, health and work ethic all improve
f) You become more efficient when it comes to reaching more difficult and complex goals
With more self-discipline, you will find that all aspects of your life are easier and more positive. You will perform better at work and will be able to move up the ranks a lot easier. You will enjoy better health because you are disciplined to eat right and exercise regularly. Your personal relationships will also improve because you will naturally start putting the important people in your life first. While it takes time to develop solid self-discipline, you will find that as soon as you start working on it, your life starts to improve.
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Morin, A. (2014). 6 Ways to Develop the Self-Discipline Necessary to Reach Your Goals. Retrieved February 12, 2015 from http://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/10/03/6-ways-to-develop-the-self-discipline-necessary-to-reach-your-goals/