How do you self-discipline yourself in order to achieve something you wish? Well, there are different practices to get it. Sometimes, you might be wondering despite many attempts of getting work done, you are still on the same page.
What is self-discipline? Self-discipline means your unwavering ability to put yourself in an uncomfortable position to achieve your wishes. No matter what the circumstances, you are able to move on towards your goals.
“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want the most.” – Abraham Lincoln.
It is not easy to keep ourselves in self-discipline mode every time, but it is worth it. There are ample ways to embrace self-discipline with little effort from your side. Here are 8 ways to keep you in track in the process of achieving your goals.
1. How do you love yourself?
“The actual self-love isn’t simply the utterance, it is your actions that accounted for it.”
In order to garner self-discipline, you need to first treat yourself better, this will help you to achieve your set goals. If you love yourself, you won’t do things that harm you or will cause you in the long run.
Let’s say, you won’t eat junk food or street food often than your body requires if you know that it will hurt you either instantly or indirectly in the future.
If you don’t sleep enough, there is a high chance that it will cut down your length of life. This is a controversial topic though. Because according to the Sleep Medicine Review journal, there is no link between insomnia and early death. This new report goes against the view of the NHS.
Yet, whatever the case, you know the problems when you don’t sleep well. So likely in the long run sleeplessness can take a toll on our health.
Love yourself first. Do things that are good for you.
Because loving oneself means doing a beneficial activity such as sleeping on time, exercises, meditation, diet, staying hygiene, etc., and eating foods that will keep you healthy and fit. And you will plan out things in advance because it makes things easier for you.
2. Manage your inner self-talk
There is a saying, “Sports are 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent physical.” You should know how self-talk affects you outwardly. It affects your performances. There is something called as instructional self-talk and motivation self-talk. The first stresses how to acquire certain technique and skills to achieve certain things. On the other hand, the latter helps you and motivates you that “you can do this/that.”
Our brain hardly stops growing and it follows according to our directives. It helps us to see the behavioural changes if we allow it and do it accordingly.
So do very much relatable to self-discipline to achieve anything. In order to get something worthy done, we need certain changes in us, as it will fit us to get that.
3. Start small
We have the tendency to complete our work at a time. But often this tendency doesn’t work out in a positive way.
Think of the compound result. You see, a few cents might seem very insignificant on their own but when they are saved up to a dollar, there is something you can do with it. A tiny insignificant step can give you a very significant result over time if you keep the consistency knowing that you will be reaping the fruit. Remember! Small dividends do pay off.
Either you have a small work/project or bulky work to complete. Start with an easy, manageable small step, and keep the consistency until you finished that piece of work.
Starting small can keep you from unnecessary stress and rather you will enjoy in the process.
4. Set deadline
“Dreams are the seedling of reality. Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.”– Napoleon Hill
You have dreams. A number of things that you wish to have, to finish, to complete, to achieve, etc. But for each of this to fall into its own respective places and on time, you have to set a deadline. Why? Because setting deadline compels you to do despite circumstances.
Dreams without present actions are always far from reality. Set a deadline to see your wishes into physical reality and mental contentment.
5. Accept Your Adversity
“Adversity introduces a man into himself.” – Albert Einstein.
Comfort can destroy you. You are not born to be a mere dreamer, a person who can’t take himself into another level of progress. You are meant for continuous progress and achievement. And in the midst of it, you may face a number of adverse situations that will put you down. But only after these, you will be able to define your varied potentials and use them to your own advantage.
Adversity can make you uncomfortable to the point of giving up. However, remember that you’re giving exercise to your brain. It gets strengthen and becomes stronger and performs better and will help you sail through the hardest times.
6. Habits are a product of repetition
In an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, Jordan Belfort explains how a young man raised in a typical middle-class home, with good family values, could turn into such a criminal. He says, “You don’t lose your soul all at once, you lose it a little bit at a time, incrementally. When I lost my ethical way it did not start off that way. It’s like these tiny imperceptible steps over the line. Each time your line of morality moves a bit, and before you know it you’re doing things you thought you would never do and it seems perfectly okay. What seems amazing first becomes commonplace after a period of time and you become numb. Day one it’s one thing, and a year later it’s completely off the rails.”
The above story is, though, negative, but it tells us that habits either of good or bad are powerful. It can change us either way.
Pursue it for the sake of positive development for yourself. Make it a habit, and within no time, you will see that you have become the person you wanted to become.
If you want to improve in your study and get good marks, set a proper study-timetable. And stick to it without wavering and you will surely see the result.
7. Discover your weakness
Are you struggling to control yourself about time-management? Are you spending too much time on social media? Or eating only junk food or staying awake all night long without substantial reasons. These are some of the shortcomings that most young people face today.
Write it down your weaknesses. In other words, try to overcome them, one after another. Set this on your personal standards. And appreciate yourself on your success. And keep continuing until you beat them all.
8. Embrace temptation
“Today pleasure or tomorrow pain and suffering.”
We, human beings are nothing less than wild animals as far as our craving is concerned. Our urges to have or do something that is usually bad are strong that we end up doing it. At such moment, our past mistakes are far from convincing us that those urges can cause us guilty, give mental pain and even affect our overall health.
First of all, know that nobody can escape temptation. It is always there. Therefore, learn to embrace temptation but don’t fall for it. Keep distracting your thoughts from it. Be aware of it. And don’t let it rest in your subconscious mind. Instant gratification will not help you in the future.
At first, disciplining can be hard because you are walking away from your old comfort habits to a new pattern of lifestyle. But after this transitioning period, if you are acquainted with it and your habits become automatic, then you are getting closer to your set goals. Self-discipline yourself to achieve something you aspire.