Happy New Year! I hope that 2017 is off to a wonderful start. If you're like me you've set some new goals for yourself and are bound and determined to reach them this year. Right?!
Personally, one thing I would really like to work on this year is discipline. With all the goals I’ve set for myself this year, I’m going to need to be disciplined with a capital D!
I read a quote the other day that said, “Everything is easier than discipline.”
That really got me thinking. Many people set New Year’s Resolutions or new goals for themselves and they end up falling off the wagon before Valentine’s Day.
Why is that? These people are intelligent, ambitious, they want to grow and achieve amazing things. So why do the best of the best end up failing?
Discipline….or lack thereof.
The dictionary defines discipline as exercising self control.
An article in Forbes magazine stated, “self discipline is the number one trait needed to accomplish goals, lead a healthy lifestyle, and ultimately, be happy.” The article goes on to say, “self disciplined subjects were more capable of dealing with goal conflicts. These people spent less time debating whether to indulge in behaviors detrimental to their health, and were able to make positive decisions more easily. The self disciplined did not allow their choices to be dictated by impulses or feelings. Instead they made informed, rational decisions on a daily basis without feeling overly stressed or upset.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2014/06/...
Simple Tips to Become More Disciplined
- Don’t wait until you FEEL like it. Keep the feeling you will have AFTER you do the task in mind to help you power through. Often times, once you take the first action you feel the energy to keep going. Starting really is the hardest part.
- Don’t become a person who is “all talk, no action”. Go ahead and share what you will be doing or the goal you are going to work on to your family or friends so you feel a little pressure to follow through. Maybe you want to go a step further and find an accountability partner and you check in with them each week.
- Be honest with yourself and don’t let yourself off the hook for lousy reasons.We can almost always come up with an excuse not to do something, but is it really true? Most often it’s just a cop-out. You are valuable and important and should not tolerate anyone (including yourself) lying to you.
- Develop some non-negotiables in your life. Perhaps you get up at 5am every day, no matter what. Maybe you don’t do your usual intense workout if you’re not feeling well, but maybe you spend some time reading or meditating instead. If you eliminate the option of giving yourself an excuse, you can save the mental energy it takes to negotiate with yourself.
- Prove others wrong. Some people in our lives seem to feel intimidated by our strong discipline and determination. They often are afraid of being left behind because they haven’t learned this technique for themselves yet. Don’t let them talk you out of doing your thing and working hard on your goals.
- Stay focused on put on your blinders. There will be so many distractions that try to pull you away and beg for your attention. You need to anticipate that this will occur and develop a plan to keep yourself focused on your task. Keeping your WHY in mind as to why you’re striving to achieve your goal is a huge help in this situation.
Think of discipline as a muscle you need to work on a daily basis to strengthen it and keep it working well for you. As the days pass where you exercise self-control, you will notice that it becomes easier.
2017 has just begun and it is going to be amazing with a little bit of planning and a whole lot of discipline! You’ve got this!
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HI, HOT STUFF.
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