“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn
Self-discipline assists professionals to develop constructive habits that contribute to successful careers. Whatever be your job or industry, one requires self-discipline to perform your job effectively. By spending time to know more about self-discipline and how to incorporate it into your work life, you can enhance yourself both at a personal as well as a professional level.
Self-discipline does not come so easily to everyone.
In reality, if you were not trained to be disciplined as a child, it can be a bit strenuous to grasp it on your own as an adult. But if devoid of self-discipline, one will be too confused to excel in the chosen career.
Self-discipline is one of the critical ingredients for success. It expresses itself in a variety of ways:
- It manifests as the ability to endure.
- It is the capability to not quit, in spite of not achieving success.
- It is the expertise to self-control.
- It is the ability to withstand distractions and desires.
- It communicates itself as a potential to keep on trying, until you attain your goal.
8 Tips on How to Develop Self-Discipline
- Fix Conscious Goals: Setting conscious goals is the initial step in mastering how to develop self-discipline. Practicing discipline just for the sake of it does not reap benefits, so try to be direct and coherent in your approach in order to achieve your goal.
Develop the practice of writing down your goals as it assists in devising a vision in your mind for the future to stay accountable. Also, studies show that you are more likely to achieve the goals you write down.
- Find Your ‘WHY’: After setting the goal, your next move in the process of developing Self Discipline is to find your ‘WHY’. Why do you want to achieve a particular goal? Think about what pushes you to get to that goal; this will help an individual to remain focused and passionate. For instance, if you want to lose weight, ask yourself why is it critical for you and what all can you do in order to achieve it.
Practicing self-discipline is conceivably one of the toughest things you will ever do in your life. It takes a lot of courage, focus and energy to get closer to your goal. Do not make the mistake of relying on luck.
- Take Small, Consistent Steps: The next step is to take action. Goals can be irresistible and can be achieved by taking small and persistent steps. Small steps also help you to build momentum.
Mostly all of us think that developing self-discipline is an event but it develops in due course of time. Every small step taken, makes a difference in building one’s confidence.
- Measure and Track Your Progress: Building Self Discipline is not short term; it takes a lot of time. So, it is essential to track one’s progress in between to know whether your efforts are going in the right direction or do you need to bring about certain changes in the plan. Noticing & acknowledging your improvement is also a great way to keep you involved in the process.
- Run Your Race: Every individual tends to compare themselves with others as they work towards developing self-discipline. But comparing yourself to others affects one’s progress negatively. It is evident that we start judging ourselves unreasonably, due to which we lose our focus and become bitter.
Avoid getting bothered by other’s success. Start running your own race and don’t see other’s pace. Keep your focus and have a control on your activities. It is always a good idea to compare yourself with the person you were yesterday and strive to be better than that.
- Accepting Discomfort: Many of us are devoid of self-discipline because we shirk from experiencing hard/uncomfortable things and settle down for the easy, comfortable and familiar things.
We should push ourselves, a little at a time and accept the feeling of being uncomfortable. See how it feels and what difference can it make to your way of seeing and doing things.
- Build a Support System: A strong support system at your workplace makes a huge impact on your being self-disciplined. No matter how strong & determined you are at managing situations but still there are those low days when, despite your best efforts’ things don’t work out.
A small support system on those particular low days is a great source of motivation. Find and build relationships with people who you like, respect and trust. These people may be close friends, relatives, mentor or simply acquaintances.
- Mindset: And lastly, take control of your mind. It’s all in your head – avoid temptations and don’t consider self-discipline as a punishment. Stick to your goals and routine for the day and achieve the best in life.
Life is all about getting what you expect and accept that you are worthy. Use these tips to develop self-discipline so that you can attain what you want in life.
ALL THE BEST!!