Self Discipline: Follow These 12 Steps to Make it a Habit
Developing self-discipline isn't easy. Procrastination is the enemy of self-discipline. Here's a perfect example: “I'm going to start the keto diet tomorrow because I want to lose 20 lbs for my wedding. I'm trying to be more disciplined about how I eat.”
Does that sound familiar? Most of us like to talk about how we're going to work on our self-discipline regarding fitness and finances or just life in general.
What You Need to Know About Self Discipline
Most information out there on self-discipline is just annoying and unrealistic. It's easy to feel discouraged when advice surrounding self-discipline in a self-help book feels condescending.
1. You're not a bad person if you have cravings or are not constantly feeling disciplined. 2. You can always work on your discipline. You don't have to stay stuck at your current level.
There are two things that you need to know about developing self-discipline:
12 Ways to Develop Self Discipline
1. Set Small and Realistic Goals
Too often do we fail to stay disciplined because we set unrealistically audacious goals. We don't even know where to start or how to begin, so we end up doing nothing.
2. Stop Trying to Do So Many Things at Once
Social media has convinced us that we need to be the hardest workers in the room who constantly work on various projects. That couldn't be further from the truth. To develop self-discipline, you need to ruthlessly eliminate it from your life and figure out what you need to focus on.
Did you know that your environment could be holding you back? There's a reason so many people work out of coffee shops; or why CrossFit classes are such a hit.
3. Change Your Environment
4. Make It Easy to Stay on Track
Whatever you do, try to set yourself up for success by making it easy to stay on track. The trick is to set everything up so that you don't have to struggle to stay disciplined.
5. Hold Yourself Accountable
Are you being held accountable? The truth is that most of us can't stay disciplined on our own. We need people around us that will keep us accountable so that we have a responsibility to do what we said we would do.
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