Most of us believe that self-discipline is the key to success. But to what extent is this really true?
The 26th U.S President, Theodore Roosevelt once said “With self-discipline, almost anything is possible.”
What most people refer to when they use the word ‘Self Discipline’ is having the mettle to do the needful every day. Even if they are met with hardships and obstructions along the way to achieve their goals.
For others however, self-discipline is the pathway to having sufficient self-control in order to avert negative habits like procrastination, carelessness and laziness, which hold you back from success.
A good example of this is when you make yourself get up early in the morning for online classes or meetings.
Yes, you could have slept a little longer, but you chose not to. And that kind of self-discipline takes time. This is mostly because an individual is pitted against themselves to bring discipline to their life.
Discipline enables people to make the right choice and slowly climb up the ladder towards success.
Motivation for Self-Discipline
In order to integrate self-discipline in life, one must also have the right motivating factors for them to stay focused. The list below contains some of the chief reasons why a person should lead a disciplined life.
– It Promotes Long-Term Reward
‘What you sow now is what you will reap in the future.’
As the saying goes, self-discipline essentially helps us to keep ourselves in check for long-term rewards in the future.
It delays temporary and short-term satisfaction so that you are able to achieve permanent happiness in the future.
So instead of indulging yourself in things that give temporary gratification, why not abstain from them and focus more on the things which will be more fruitful in the future?
It is indeed the durability of the reward that we are striving for.
– Take Charge of Your Own Life
When you lead a disciplined life, YOU are in charge of the choices you make. You eliminate habits like procrastination and idleness which are practices that generally set you back tenfold from your peers.
In essence, self-discipline makes you appreciate the little things in life so that you don’t start taking things for granted.
Not to mention, you also gain a clearer vision of what you have to do in order to gain the things you want to achieve in the future.
– Enhances Quality of Life
Leading a disciplined life automatically enhances the quality of your life. If you start your day an hour earlier than everyone else, you are already one step ahead of them throughout the day.
There are a number of things that an individual can do to improve their overall lifestyle. For instance, taking control over your eating and sleeping habits can bring a shift in your general mood.
Furthermore, when you start the day by making your bed in the morning, you are already a step ahead of your peers by having accomplished the first task of the day successfully.
Even if that task has little to no impact on your life, you should still go ahead and do it. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and your future won’t be either. Good things take time to happen and hence, it is important to take baby steps to achieve something bigger in the future.
Apart from making changes to your general habits here and there, one of the major changes that have impacted a lot of people’s lives positively, is the practice of doing yoga.
If practicing yoga is not your thing, then going out for a run or exercising early in the morning, for example, can bring about similar changes.
So, why not give these early morning practices a try and see if you are actually benefitting from these healthy lifestyle changes?
How to Administer Self-Discipline in Your Current Lifestyle?
Once you have found the motivation, the next step is to actively start making small changes to your life. Here’s how you can start your journey to self-discipline –
1. Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
No one knows you better than you do. So you might as well just make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you to work towards the things which need to be worked on. Begin with your strengths and slowly work on your weaknesses.
It is not necessary for you to have the same list of weaknesses as somebody else. However, here are some of the things that you might want to look out for:
- Too much screen time
- Addiction to gaming, drugs, social media
- Avoiding tasks we find difficult
- Losing temper easily
- Not keeping important documents safely
- Avoiding important conversations
- Pretending your problems don’t exist
Always try to face these weaknesses head-on. Acknowledge your flaws, own up to the mistakes, work on them and success will follow.
2. Eliminate Temptation
The best way to not succumb to your temptations is to follow the ‘out of sight out of mind’ rule religiously.
Want to start eating healthy? Throw your junk food into the trash can. Have lots to do for the day? Turn your phone’s settings on silent or just switch it off and focus on checking things off your to-do list.
Remember, the lesser the distractions, the lesser the temptations to break the rules.
3. Set Out a Plan
Nothing works as smoothly as a well-executed plan. So what are you waiting for?
Go make that list and plan everything out before the day starts. Not only will this help you to keep a better track of time, but it will also enable you to execute the day better.
You can also prioritize important things and plan out your day accordingly.
4. Be Kind to Yourself
No one simply masters the art of self-discipline in a day. It takes patience and time.
It is one skill that you have to learn through repetitive behaviour. It is okay to fall back into old patterns every now and then, but be kind to yourself.
To human is to err, but at least you’re trying. And that’s what is important.
Finally, embrace new changes and rituals to feel better. Try adopting new hobbies or fitness regimes that promote a healthy lifestyle. All of these combined efforts will surely help you reach your goal towards success.