Successful people have discovered tips to become self disciplined and have perfected them. There is always something we do not want to do, that frustrates us, bores us to tears, or just plain difficult to do but if you want to achieve success, you need to just DO IT.
Being self-disciplined is not always easily attained, especially if you have not grown up living that way. Fortunately, it is a skill that can be learned and you can learn to push yourself to become more successful.
That being said, motivation is not going to magically appear out of anywhere! You need to get off your behind and discover how to become self disciplined! Luckily for you, I have compiled such a list so LET’S GET IT DONE!
#1. Begin With Small Habits
So you have decided that you want more from life but honestly, do not expect to be able to change overnight. Being self-disciplined requires change – a lifestyle change in fact and that needs to be developed gradually if it is going to take hold.
You can start with simple tasks like doing your dishes every night before going to bed or making your bed every morning. Small habits like these are easier to incorporate into your daily life and slowly, you can start to work on larger habits that will help you feel successful.
#2. Be Consistent
Make little changes every single day but the trick is to keep doing them every day. So like I mentioned previously, commit to doing your dishes every day. Because you have committed to do it every day, it is much easier for it to develop into a habit. A bonus here is that you also begin to have a more organized home.
Think about something you said you would do every Monday – maybe it was swimming laps at the pool or visiting the gym. Monday rolls around and you don’t really feel like going but you say, “Tuesday, I will do my laps.” Tuesday comes and you don’t go again. Before you know it, an entire week has passed by and you haven’t exercised at all.
Commit to things on a daily basis! No more excuses!
#3. Don’t Sabotage Yourself
Self-sabotage is one of the most detrimental things you can do to prevent you from being truly successful and getting what you want out of life. Some instances of Self Sabotage could be:
- You stayed up late last night even though you knew you had an early morning meeting and so now you aren’t feeling your best, wishing you could perform better.
- You refused to pack your lunch the night before and then chose to eat fries at the local restaurant even though you know it makes you feel fatigued.
- You “forgot” to proofread your email before sending it to your colleagues and there were numerous typos that make you look unprofessional.
#4. Utilize Rewards and Consequences
The majority of us know that human beings often are motivated by a system of rewards and consequences. We will do things to get what we want but we will also avoid doing things to avoid negative consequences.
You’re grown and if you want to reward yourself with a spa day, you technically could do it any time you felt like it. The trick here is to be diligent with your rewards and consequences and use them for their intended purpose -to motivate yourself to become self disciplined!
#5. Eliminate Distractions
In order to get things accomplished and done well, we need to eliminate all distractions. Evaluate what it is that takes you away from being disciplined and get rid of those distractions.
My phone and social media have some sort of weird power over me and if that phone is anywhere near me, I feel the urge to pick it up. The next thing I know I have lost 2 hours of my life looking at random videos on Instagram! (Oh, don’t pretend this has never happened to you!!??!!)
I have now learned that if I really need to get something done, I need to turn off my phone and actually put it in another room. Take whatever measures you need to keep yourself in check!
#6. Be Fabulous!
If you have read any of my other articles on this blog, you know that I love the word FABULOUS! I am kind of known for it by my students and well, I feel downright fabulous when I say it!
A long time ago, I learned to stop thinking about what others thought of me and guess what? I began enjoying my life and accomplishing my goals. I was getting things DONE because I was being the best ME.
#7. The Journey is as Important as the Destination
Having a goal is obviously essential to making progress and moving forward. It gives you direction and purpose. However, when learning to become self disciplined, you need to be forming better habits that will carry you to that goal.
If you are only concentrating on the end goal, you are missing the opportunities to create those habits. Celebrate the little successes along the way and before you know it, you have made some significant lifestyle changes comprised of many smaller habits.
#8. Write it down. Now.
Write down everything. Write down your goals, no matter how big or small. Your morning routine. Your tasks to be completed on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. No matter what way you prefer – pen and paper, an app, Excel, Word – just get it down so it is visible.
A strange thing happens when we move our intentions from our heads to a piece of paper. They become real. They become something we are committing to. And there is nothing more rewarding (well, at least for me because I am a massive nerd) than crossing off something I have accomplished.
Your progress is easily seen and that, in itself, can be a tremendous motivator! A little thing that motivates me is finding a pretty little journal – it makes me actually WANT to write in it!
#9. Follow Through
You are realizing that to become self disciplined is necessary and are now working on various ways to start doing that. Fabulous! That being said, just because you are now washing your dinner dishes every night doesn’t mean your life is going to go through this incredible transformation.
You must start looking for additional opportunities to grow and progress in terms of your self-discipline.
Are there new habits you can begin to form? Or even ways to extend the current ones you have developed like perhaps you load and unload the dishwasher as soon as it is necessary.
If you have an extra few minutes, is there something you can do to better your life or to make tomorrow a little easier? Before you know it, you have developed even more positive habits.
#10. Celebrate Successes!
You may be thinking, “Kim, this self-discipline thing sounds like a whole lot of work!” It kind of is but with all that effort, comes positive changes in your life!
Celebrate those changes, that progress. Don’t dismiss it as trivial or worthless as this is not true. Every accomplishment deserves to be acknowledged.
This doesn’t mean that every time you get your dishes done that you should celebrate and reward yourself. Recognize that you are becoming more self-disciplined and moving closer to a better existence.
Now is the perfect time to become self disciplined!
Self discipline is a key element in achieving success but be prepared for some hard work. Start small and watch how your life can begin to change. Dig deep and find that inner motivation to do better and be better!