Adapting change into your life, like new habits and learning how to lead yourself and others effectively comes all down to discipline. Here I share 6 pillars I held in building my discipline.
“You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ MARCUS AURELIUS
- Set clear goals
Setting clear goals is crucial for becoming disciplined because it provides a roadmap and motivation for achieving desired outcomes.
Know your strength and weaknesses to break your goals into small achievable steps. Accordingly to your strengths and weaknesses, you can write down action steps you need to take. Then attack them one at a time.
- Create a routine
Establishing a routine or schedule will help you stay on track, develop consistency, and reduce decision fatigue. It is much easier to become disciplined when you are consistent.
- Remove temptations
Identify the things that distract you and eliminate them from your environment. This will reduce the likelihood of giving in to distractions and reinforces self-control. Remember where you give energy, energy flows.
- Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of being present and aware of your thoughts feelings and surroundings. By being more mindful it allows you to recognise and resist urges that may interfere with your goals. Practice meditation daily for a minimum of 10 minutes and watch how much more present you become.
- Reward yourself
Rewards are proven to be a powerful motivator. When you achieve a goal or make progress towards it, reward yourself with something you enjoy. It doesn’t always have to be a big reward, you want to save them for when you accomplish your goals. Something small is adequate.
- Keep a positive mindset
Focus on the progress you made not necessarily the destination or any setbacks or failures you discovered along the way. You are on a journey and keeping yourself positive will make it a whole lot more comfortable and enjoyable. Let go of the small things and only give your attention to what truly matters. You are much more likely to stay disciplined and on track when you are operating from a positive source.
This is arguably the most important pillar. Focus is crucial for becoming disciplined because it allows you to prioritise your goals and resist distractions. That may interfere with your progress. Without focus, how are you going to be consistent? And without consistency how are you going to become disciplined? Develop a monastic focus.
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” ~ PLATO
Always remember, learn from your missteps and forgive yourself. Then get your head back in the game and violently execute. Good luck!
If you noticed something congratulations you are part of the 0.01% who want to change something and don’t easily give up.
Book Recommendation: Discipline is Destiny by Ryan Holiday