December 28

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How to Develop Greater Self-Discipline

Achievement of goals in life and work results from having a wide range of positive qualities, especially the attainment of long-term sustainable success with self-discipline.

Whether you seek to enhance your work, or improve your health, nothing beats self-discipline as the principal trait needed to achieve your goals.

However, self-discipline doesn’t always come naturally. The good news is that it can be a learned behaviour. Try out these techniques to attain greater self-discipline.

Remove temptation from your environment is a critical first step on your journey to increased self-discipline. The development of self-control as an attribute is one instance in which the saying “out of sight, out of mind” rings so true. 

For instance, if you are looking to cut down on distractions (such as social media) and focus on your job, you need to turn off your mobile notifications and block all social media until you get off work or finish that important project.

For weight loss, remove the unhealthy foods from your cupboards and pantry to make achieving your goal that much easier.

Never think there will be a perfect time, kick the habit of waiting for all things to align perfectly before embarking on your journey to self-discipline. If you are looking to enhance self-control, it has to start with you.

Embrace simple things such changing your daily routine, breaking bad habits such as negative thinking, and instead actively developing new habits even if it does not feel right in your mind. But simply start now, instead of thinking there will be a better time.

Reward yourself for achievement as being self-disciplined does not mean you have to become miserable or adopt a cold-turkey, drill sergeant type of life. In fact, by being too rigid, you are opening yourself up to disappointment, failure and the possibility of falling back into the old habits.

Instead, have days when you relax your regimen. When you reward yourself, you relieve the tension that may result from self-disciplined living.

Don’t beat yourself up for backsliding, because at some point, you will fall into some old habits. However, the important thing is not to beat yourself up, but rather to pick yourself up and recommit to the journey. 

You have to accept that there will be spectacular failures and fabulous successes. Don’t get too hung up in frustration, guilt, and anger, but rather acknowledge mistakes as an essential part of the learning process.

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Ultimately, developing self-discipline will allow you to live more freely by making choices that are more positive and healthy. 

What actions are you going to take today to develop greater self-discipline?


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