Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Self-discipline is a pattern of behavior where you choose to do what you know you should do, rather than what you want to do. It’s the inner power that pushes you to get out of bed to exercise rather than sleeping in. It is the assertion of willpower over more basic desires and is synonymous with self-control.
It includes having the personal initiative to get started and the stamina to persevere. Being disciplined gives you the strength to withstand hardships and difficulties, whether physical, emotional or mental. It allows forgoing immediate satisfaction, in order to gain something better, but which requires effort and time.
Making the decision to become a disciplined person may prove to be one of the most important decisions you make because of its powerful influence on every part of your life.
The first step is to make a commitment to yourself that from this day forward you are going to do the things you know you should do, when you should do them. As part of this commitment, you cannot allow yourself to make excuses or justify not doing what you should do.
If you struggle with discipline, start small. Start today doing all the little things you know you should do, but don’t feel like doing. As you do, recognize yourself for each thing you do. With constant awareness and sustained effort you can actually train yourself to become disciplined.
Mark your progress. On a calendar, on idazki, on your breakfast table: Check off days you successfully follow up. If you break the routine, start over! Visualizing is a ready reinforcement of progress
Summing-up: Self-discipline boils down to empowering yourself and taking control of your life. It’s really about committing to what you want. Don’t fall into the trap of justifying yourself or making excuses when you slip up. Take responsibility and get right back on track.