What is Self-Discipline?
Discipline means behaving according to what you have decided is best regardless of how you feel at the moment. The first trait of discipline is self-knowledge.
You need to decide what behavior best reflects your goals and core values (My core values are freedom, courage, strength, pride, discipline, determination and positivity.)
This process requires you to monitor yourself analyze yourself, and write your observations down.
I highly recommend writing down your goals, dreams and ambitions in a clear and exact manner. This will give you a greater understanding of who you are, what you are about and what you value the most. But keep in mind that it’s not enough to write your goals and values down, you have to commit to them every single Day.
The drive to achieve those goals has to come from the inside it has to come from your heart, your gut, you have to build a deep-rooted connection between you and your goals. Otherwise when you don’t build that connection and your alarm clock goes off at 5am you will see no problem in hitting the snooze button for “just another 2 minutes”.
Make no mistake, being self-disciplined is often extremely difficult, emotions, hunger and addictions (porn, smoking, alcohol) can be powerful forces to fight against.
Never give up remind yourself of why you started in the first place and see you already achieving what you set out for yourself and keep on going no matter what!
Self-discipline is the ability to delay instant gratification and resist short-term temptations in favor of your long-term goals, it’s your capacity to overrule unwelcome thoughts, emotions and urges.
It’s your ability to regulate your behavior consciously, it’s the essence of greatness, if you lack it you suck, period. A lack of self-discipline is a sign of weakness, you are not in control of yourself and you can’t take care of your business in the way you should to make it great.
- Self-discipline is like a Muscle, you can train it and make it stronger.
- Self-discipline means to be able to accomplish the difficult, albeit necessary tasks.
- Self-discipline is about focusing your energy into activities that will add value into your life.
Self-discipline is THE NUMBER ONE virtue that you need day in and out. When you get up in the morning you have to have discipline to not hit the snooze button, when you eat breakfast you have to discipline yourself to not eat shitty food. When you hit the gym you have to be disciplined to not miss a day and smash it when you are there, no half-assing around.
How to increase your Self-Discipline?
Up your Self-discipline by getting out of your comfort zone.
You can increase your Self-discipline by increasing your tolerance for things you don’t like i.e. getting out of your comfort zone and do whatever you are scared of to do. That includes boring tasks, things that require hard work and things that are not that much fun. A few examples:
- talking to strangers
- approaching women
- write 500 words a day
- going to the gym even tho you don’t want to
- cleaning your room
- doing laundry
- buying groceries
Some of those tasks suck and are not enjoyable at all but they still have to be done. View them as great tools to develop your self-discipline, don’t complain about them tell yourself that they’ll help you to become more disciplined and do them.
How to attain Long-term Discipline?
In order to get Long-term Discipline you have to understand yourself.
You have to determine the tasks that require self-discipline the most in your life. Write these tasks down and pinpoint why you are not doing anything about them right now.
I need more discipline to hit the gym in order to lose fat and gain some muscles.
I’m not doing it right now because:
- I am waiting for the right moment
- There are too many other things to do
- I’m not sure which exercises I should do
- I am afraid that others will laugh at me
Then write down why you want to achieve self-discipline in that particular area of your life.
I want to achieve self-discipline so I can go to the gym at least 3 times a week and go from fat to ripped and to be healthy and feel better about myself.
When you’re done with that think about the reasons why you are not taking action, are they reasonable or are you just bullshitting yourself?
99% of the time it’s the latter.
You have to realize that your excuses are just that, EXCUSES! Take action whether you like it or not. Do the task and strengthen your long-term discipline.
Make Smart Goals
Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
- Write 500 Words everyday
- Go to the Gym on Monday, Wednesday, Friday always at XX:XXam/pm
- Read a chapter everyday and take notes
- Stop eating Junk Food
- Meditate everyday for 20 minutes
- Is it within your capability?
- Can you measure the result?
- Is it applicable to your day-to-day life?
If you can answer those questions with Yes, great then start doing those things. If you can’t answer all 3 questions with yes make adjustments in your daily life to change that No to a Yes.
Everything starts with discipline, if you want to look ripped you have to workout, if you want to make money and become filthy rich you have to put in the work, if you want women you have to take action and approach them.
Discipline is the root of success and if you are someone who lacks confidence becoming self-disciplined is the best way to gain confidence. Self-discipline will make you more confident because you’ll be able to end things that you started and you can be proud of what you accomplished, you’ll be a Go-Getter and a Winner.
Self-discipline conquers all, it is the Number one asset that you need to become great. It’s the foundation for everything else in your life.
Become self-disciplined and make 2017 a great year for yourself!
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