Theodore Roosevelt said, "With self-discipline most anything is possible." Many individuals believe that self-discipline isn't within their reach, but adopting self-discipline can indeed improve ones' quality of life.
Successful people aren't extra-terrestrial creatures living amongst us; they are mere mortals who practice their goals a little each day. An article, written by NY Daily News notes: "Either way, lack of self-discipline or self-deception is going to be bad for you and your goals." Lacking the ability to practice self-restraint, will impact the goals that you are striving to achieve. Often, people believe that they are doing what is necessary, but ultimately they haven't scratched the surface.
The practice of self-discipline can seem pretty daunting, but when broken down into tiny steps, it is very achievable. Below are three powerful insights that will help you gain a deeper understanding of this phenomena:
Awareness. Ask yourself the following questions: what are the consequences if you decide not to do what is necessary to accomplish your goals? How much impact will it have in your life if you do not practice self-discipline? Pause for a moment to acknowledge the rewards. How will you feel, and how will your life improve once you apply the power of self-discipline? Analyze the consequences and rewards associated with exercising control. Awareness is the primary ingredient. If you don't conduct an authentic assessment, and or take inventory of your life, you're only spinning your wheels.
Train. Self-discipline is a muscle. When people begin practicing control and don't see the results immediately, they tend to give up prematurely. The art of self-discipline requires training. An article, by Elite Daily shares, "Self-discipline is like weightlifting; the more we train, the stronger we become. The less we train, the weaker we become." Identify the smallest goal to begin the process of self-discipline. For example, make your bed every day. Start a productive but small habit before you tackle the bigger complicated ones. The small wins will launch you into more important gains, thus resulting in strengthening your self-discipline.
Inner-strength. Self-discipline is directly related to inner-strength. An article, by Success Conscious, beautifully illustrates, "The possession of this skill enables you to persevere with your decisions and plans until you accomplish them. It also manifests as inner strength, helping you to overcome addictions, procrastination, and laziness, and to follow through with whatever you do." Life throws us curveballs. The ability to maintain control provides us with the power to deal with the intensely painful parts of our lives. As a result, we assume control of the situation instead of the situation obtaining control of us.
Self-discipline isn't something that you tackle all at once. Decide on one goal, and focus on it. Once you achieve that goal, it becomes a habit. Next, grab another small, doable goal. Self-discipline isn't a practice that you achieve overnight. If you take on too much all at once, you will burn out quickly, and be discouraged. Become more self-aware, and observe your habits. Finally, train and practice. Once you practice self-discipline, it is inevitable that you will accomplish more than you have ever dreamed.
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