What does it take to stay disciplined
Simple tips to be more disciplined
Discipline is not something we are born with. It's something that evolves over time. It's like a muscle that can be gradually strengthened. The more we train the muscle, the stronger it becomes. The more often we learn to be disciplined, the better we get at it.
Every day we face small decisions in which we can practice our discipline. In these moments we have to choose between what is good for us or what is easy and convenient. Most of these individual decisions often seem insignificant. But together they add up and determine our future.
The more often we choose what is good for us, the greater the goals we can achieve. If we take the easy route too often, we will be constantly disappointed in ourselves.
There are several strategies that can help us be more disciplined. The more we use them, the more our willpower and ability to achieve great goals increase.
The first step in discipline is to have a clear idea of what you want. We cannot be disciplined if we do not know our goal. It is important to clearly define your goal. The more precise the goal, the higher the likelihood of achieving it. Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight,” it is more helpful to say, “By November 30th, I will have a 75cm waist”. The clear goal and the period indicate the direction and intensity.
Determine small sub-goals
Once the goal is set, it is important to consider what needs to be done to achieve that goal. Small sub-goals make the implementation easier and help to reach the goal faster and more safely. The more precisely the sub-lines are defined, the easier the implementation will be.
In order to work on its reliability, sub-goals such as punctuality, honesty and trust can be defined, for example. “I will always be there 5 minutes earlier before each appointment.”, Could be one of the precise definitions of the sub-goal.
Each sub-goal requires discipline. The more sub-goals we achieve, the closer we come to our goal.
Know the reasons for the goal
The stronger the reasons for a goal, the more likely we are to stick to our plan and achieve the goal. It's important to internalize the reasons for not giving excuses a chance. The stronger our will, the safer our goal is.
Don't give excuses a chance
If we have resolved to get up at 6 a.m. every morning to exercise, we shouldn't give our excuses any room. We should trust our decision that it is good for us. No matter how comfortable the bed is, it helps to just get up, put on your sports gear, and get started. The faster we start, the less influence excuses have.
Positive words build up and motivate. We can push and calm ourselves with certain sentences. They give courage and reinforce our commitment. It doesn't have to be a lot of sentences, often one decisive sentence is enough, which encourages us again and again. “Where there's a will, there's a way.”, “It always seems impossible until you've done it.”, “If something doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.” or "If you give everything, you can't blame yourself." are some sentences that can motivate us and support us in our discipline.
The less distracting us, the better our focus. Distractions lead to excuses, anxiety, and constant struggle. They rob us of more energy than we actually need and make our way unnecessarily difficult. The sooner we recognize our obstacles and distractions, the sooner we can remove them and reach our goal more easily. Distractions can be, for example, the smartphone, sweets or old habits. If we eliminate all sweets in the house, the desire for them will also decrease. If we put our smartphone in airplane mode during working hours, we will no longer be distracted by unimportant messages.
The important things first
Our willpower is highest at the beginning of the day and then progressively decreases. Therefore, we should do the most difficult task right in the morning. Once the task is done, a sense of accomplishment increases. All other tasks will seem easier to us compared to the first difficult task. This motivates and strengthens self-confidence.
Discipline challenges us to get out of our comfort zone, to exceed our own limits and to experience great things. At first it often seems as if you have to do without something beautiful and comfortable. Convenience, fear of mistakes and new things are often the biggest opponents of discipline.
Discipline helps us live beautiful and fulfilling lives. It is one of the most important skills to achieve one's goals.
“It's not that some people have the willpower and discipline and others don't. It is that some people are willing to change and others are not. " The more we learn to be disciplined, the better we get at it.
How long do we have left?
It is not death that most people fear. It's the fear of realizing that you've never really lived. The book “From Good to Great” gives courage to get out of your comfort zone, strength to overcome fears and helps to rediscover the beauty of life.
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