There are certainly qualities you like about yourself, and you’re surely proud of them, since they directly contribute to your personal success and achievements. But there’s also one seemingly magic trick that could bring you self-confidence and prosperity in everything you do. That precious trick is: self-discipline.

In order to achieve your fixed goals, you must take action, regardless of your present emotional, psychological or physical state. It can be hard, it can seem unreachable, but most importantly, it is possible. And it’s up to you! 

Self-discipline is a type of behavior that can be learned through persistent practice. It is also a choice you consciously make. Therefore, to unlock the mysterious chest of self-discipline, you only need the right key. 

The greatest secret for achieving this state of mind is this: persevere, and forgive yourself when things don’t go according to your new plan. It is never easy to establish a whole new way of thinking. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. When you make a mistake, just move on and try your best not to repeat it. If you don’t continually move forward, unwelcome emotions will arise, like anger and frustration, and those are the main obstacles on your way.

In today’s world of technology, when you can get easily distracted by so many things, you need focus to acquire self-discipline. Try to turn off your phone for a few hours, don’t check your e-mails more than once or twice a day, or throw away the food you’re trying to avoid. These little things can really help to keep your mind focused and on-task. Ditch all the bad influences, and remove possible temptations.

Realize, too, that you can take a break, just make sure it’s a short one. For example, if you’re dieting, then choose one day in a week to have a piece of chocolate cake; if you’re trying to save some money, spend a little bit less each time you to to the mall. Strict rules that you can not or will not follow will do you no good. Besides, you will feel refreshed and at ease when you have a day off. After that little pause, you can get back in the saddle quickly and efficiently. 

Finally, don’t postpone. Do something right away! This will change your routine and habits immediately. If you have to do something, do it now! Procrastination is your biggest enemy, and your discipline can completely fall apart once you start your own waiting lists. 

You don’t have to sacrifice all your pleasures to achieve self-discipline. Find a balance, and keep your mind clear, with positive thoughts. Learn to forgive yourself. But still, create a plan for commitment as well as for discipline and order.