The Power of Self-Discipline
Our actions (or inactions) are directly responsible for our current physical and mental situations
This means that success is a result of developing a habit of taking positive, constructive actions
This habit is the essence of self-discipline
Self-discipline is all about keeping focused on an end result while resisting impulsive distractions that will break that focus
The development and maintenance of these positive habits in the face of day to day distraction is the backbone of self-discipline
Self-discipline is important is important not only because it helps us reach goals, it also produces several collateral benefits, including:
Increased productivity and
These collateral benefits act synergistically to reinforce the positive habitual behaviors involved in self-discipline which, in turn, promotes even more self-discipline
Effective self-discipline is built on a foundation of internal external elements, including:
Internalizing a rationale
Being accountable and
Developing a behavioral code.
The Self-Discipline Process
Developing self-defense is easy as long as you follow certain steps that help you through the process
These steps include:
Deciding on a specific goal
Understanding the behaviors that prevent you from reaching your goals and reducing their effect
Emulating the actions of someone who has already attained a goal similar to the one that you have set for yourself
Developing a compelling motivation as to why you want to reach the goal you have set for yourself
Developing an actionable and specific work plan that lays out what you need to do in order to reach your goal
Following your work plan once it has been adopted
An essential part of the self-discipline process is maintaining that self-discipline over the long haul, especially in the face of adversity
There are several thing that can be done to maintain self-discipline, including:
Being brutally honest with yourself
Decide what it is that you want.
Make these goals as specific as possible – be meaningfully specific, as opposed to generally unfocused.
In addition, make sure that the goals you have set are SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.
Develop an action or work plan that specifically sets out the work that needs to be done, every day, in order to get to your goal.
Set progress milestones in your plan – daily, weekly and monthly.
Schedule daily tasks that will ensure your progress towards your milestones.
Start small – make sure that what you are taking on is achievable.
Do something every day, no matter what.
Finish what you start, no matter what.
Concentrate on one thing at a time.
Identify those things that distract you from working or tempt you away from work.
Take the necessary steps to mitigate these distractions and temptations.
Everyday decide what needs to be done and then do the thing that you least want to do first.
Develop a backbone, not a wishbone – take the actions that you need to take in order to get where you want to go.
Be brutally honest with yourself – tired isn’t the same thing as lazy and too busy isn’t the same thing as scared.
Learn to say no to yourself – avoid negative behaviors by simply saying “no”.
Be accountable for what you do – to yourself and to others you admire.
Learn to forgive yourself – self-compassion is as important as self-discipline.
Take care of yourself - eat healthy, get adequate rest, exercise regularly and remember to reward yourself with a sufficient number of daily breaks.
Remember to enjoy life - all work and no play, right?