Self-discipline can mean having self-control. When you are disciplined, you take action even if you don’t feel like doing it.
Jim Rohn said that self-discipline is the master key which unlocks the door to wealth and happiness. He further stated that self-discipline is the source of high self-esteem and high accomplishment and the feelings of pride and satisfaction.
7 Ways to Develop Self-Discipline.
1. Set Your Goals
Write your goals and set deadlines. This is a prerequisite to anything you want to do, have or become. You write them because writing imprints it on your mind.
Write down the reasons why you want to achieve the goals. It is important do this because without a purpose, your motivation will wane when you don’t see an immediate result or when something else catch your attention and you lose focus.
When you are doing this goal setting exercise, make sure to include and think through things like your strengths and weaknesses, and the possible barriers that you foresee.
2. Break Down the Tasks or Goals
One of the possible reasons why you aren’t disciplined enough is because you feel overwhelmed thinking of the process or the number of things that you have to do. When your life is disorganized and you don’t have a “to do list,” you don’t know where and how to begin.
To solve the problem, list all the things you must do and then pick one that you can take immediate action and do it. You will then avoid procrastination and giving excuses.
3. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
One of the major reasons why you may not take action is because you don’t want to get out of your comfort zone. This is why having strong reasons is important. If you don’t want something bad enough, it will be difficult for you to leave your comfortable place because it feels safe and less challenging.
What this also means is that you are not willing to let go of bad habits and excuses. Remember, you cannot get something different if you keep doing the same things. So go back to your list of goals and work on the reasons why you want what you want.
4. Overcome Your Fear of Failure
The fear of failure can stop you from developing self-discipline. Because of the fear, you don’t begin what you set out to or if you have started, you will not finish it. The solution is to create mental pictures of success and to visualize these images consistently. Combine the visualization exercise with positive affirmations and a vision board to make it more effective and speed up the realization of your goals.
5. Choose Your Friends Wisely
You may have friends who drift along in life and take it for granted. You don’t benefit hanging around with them. It will disrupt your schedules and plans. Of course there is a time to work and also a time to play and socialize. But it’s better to be around people who have set their priorities in life and are supportive.
6. Have an Activity Check List
Having an activity checklist shows that you are committed. You have to answer to yourself and you become accountable. You’ll be able to measure your progress and notice if you have slacked. It helps you make corrective action and stay on course.
7. Be Hard on Yourself
Be hard on yourself. Make a promise that by midnight, you must accomplish certain tasks, whether you like it or not. Make it a point that until you do the things that you should, you won’t call it a day.
At times, you may lose the motivation to carry on and feel like giving up. When it happens, take a short break. Read, listen or watch motivational and inspirational books or recorded programs. Another effective method is to go back and look at your list of goals and vision board. It will trigger you to think of your dreams and continue with your quest to develop self-discipline.