The ability to make yourself do,
what you should do,
when you should do it,
whether you feel like it or not.
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to man’s success and happiness. But there is only one factor that brings sustainable and long-term effect in all areas of life and that is self discipline.
Whether you are on a diet or workout, studying, doing business, or training for anything you want to accomplish, self discipline is necessary to achieve your goals, live a healthy lifestyle, and lastly, to be happy.
People with high levels of self discipline do not allow their decisions be affected by impulsive reactions and feelings. Disciplined people always make rational decisions having in mind the possible outcome so they don’t get overly stressed and upset if their decisions fail.
Self discipline, like any other skills, can be trained and improved. This article will guide you on how you can improve self discipline.
If you want to be successful, this is an important skill you need to have. Self discipline is important in different aspects of life, whether in school or at work.
In this article we will discuss the importance of having yourself well disciplined. Although most of the people today recognizes its importance to our daily lives but only few people are actually exercising it.
They say having self discipline means being harsh on yourself, depriving yourself to be happy, being a “Kill Joy” type of person but that is not true. Having a self discipline is having the control over your actions, emotions, decisions, even our man’s animalistic reactions (..well sometimes).
I won’t take this introduction too long so here it is..
8 Reasons and Importance of Being Disciplined:
1. To become more productive
If you ask why discipline is important, if you are somebody who have goals in life, discipline can make you more productive. Highly disciplined people do not entertain procrastination to enter in their lives.
I know this will be a bit hard for a newly enlightened person wanting to become better in life. But as you keep practicing removing all the distractions from your goals, learn how to meditate every now and then, you will be more productive than ever before.
Most of the disciplined people do not entertain unproductive activities such as playing games (unless you are a professional gamer). Disciplined people may play games but they make sure that it is scheduled and are on their activity list.
Don’t do things because of impulsive decisions or reactions but make decisions based on goals which are more important.
2. To become more efficient
Disciplined people oftentimes make ways to ease their job. They structure their routines to be as productive as possible. They manage their time well to maximize their optimum capacity as a being. They also know how to delegate tasks to the right people to accomplish things out of their expertise much faster.
3. More Satisfaction in Life
This is easy as this: We get satisfactions from getting the things we want. If you want to help others, put it in your list! Do you want to be a top notch engineer, architect, programmer, designer, doctor? Make a plan how you are going to achieve it and don’t procrastinate!
Go straight ahead and work your way to whatever you wanted to achieve! Simple washing dishes can make you feel satisfied, or maybe taking a bath, or maybe having your dog a bath, or getting your shoes shine, or maybe understanding a school subject, or achieving the highest score in a game. The more stuffs you do, the more it will make you feel satisfied.
4. To have a sense of direction in life
One of the importance of discipline in life is that it gives us more sense of direction. It always takes time and effort to achieve goals in line. Disciplined students will likely pass an exam than those who are not.
Disciplined athlete will most likely win a tournament than those who are not. Discipline can take you where you wanted to be. It gives you a more sense of direction towards the life you wanted to have in which procrastination and entertaining distractions cannot give you.
5. Higher level of awareness
People who practice managing their time and work gains a higher level of awareness. Observing different possible factors that will hinder them from achieving their goals are second nature to them.
High level of awareness will make you notice things that might help you achieve tasks faster. In a corporate environment, as you go higher positions in the organizational structure higher level of awareness is developed.
6. You will earn more respect
Not so many people have high level of discipline these days. If you have one, people will look at you as if you are some kind of a super hero figure who can achieve many tasks in a small amount of time.
Another thing to point here is that disciplined people know how to take responsibility and accountability. This is where you will get the most respect. There are only few people who take courage to be scolded if something went wrong.
People with high level of self control shine during these situations because they know how to handle things appropriately including the emotions involved.
7. Better Health.
As you become more productive, you want to sustain a good health condition. You don’t want to lose the opportunity to do more by just having a simple flu or any other kind of sickness. Control the urge to eat junk foods and replace them all by eating healthy foods.
Another thing to include is meditation. Physical health is one of the things we need to care about but as well as mental health. By regularly practicing meditation, we will be able to declutter our minds with all sorts of mental garbage that drains and distracts us to get our works done fast.
Meditation also helps to control our overall being to have more positive outlook in life as we can easily toss out all the negative things that pops into our mind. Being optimistic about everything is one of the ultimate keys to success.
8. Happier Life.
Overall, disciplined people are happier than those who are not. They find ways and make decisions that will avoid possible problems that may come in their lives. Self discipline can also improve one’s mood where in times of trouble, they know how to relax and deal with different kinds of situations. Achieving goals is a measure of success that provides satisfaction which likely leads to a person’s happiness.
Ways To Improve Your Self Discipline
1. Write Down Your To-Do List
Just right before going to bed, list down all the necessary things you need to accomplish for tomorrow’s activities. This way, you are preparing your mind to be ready for the next day.
Here’s the thing..
Make sure that whenever you need to do other things that are not in your list, the reason should be more important than your current to-do list. Else, punish yourself for not achieving that to-do item on your list. Yes, I’m not kidding.
Punish yourself according to how important the missed action-items are. On the other hand, get yourself a reward if you manage to finish everything in your to-do list.
2. Remove Distractions
There are two things that can distract you on anything that you are doing, external distractions and internal distractions. External distractions include those external things that enters your senses that triggers to change what you are currently doing.
Internal distractions on the other hand are things that comes from within you such as emotions, ideas, health, and etc.
There’s this old saying that says “Out of sight, Out of mind” which you can use to remove the temptations and distraction that prevents you on doing important things. If you’re working on computer related stuffs, don’t open social media sites such as facebook, twitter, instagram and etc.
Mahirap ba? LOL. I’ve been there but what I can say is it’s all worth exercising. 🙂
To remove the internal distractions, eat healthy foods, exercise, and etc to keep your body fit to get all your jobs done. Emotions and ideas can be controlled by practicing meditation. Learn how to meditate at least 5 minutes everyday. Meditation is really a powerful and effective way to declutter your mind.
3. Change Your Bad Habits
Habits are your regular practices and tendencies whenever you do things. It’s your trademark on how you approach and work things out. It is based on subconscious programs of past experiences.
One way to improve your self discipline is to break the bad habits that hinders you achieve your goals. Whether it be acing an exam, reaching your first million in your business, hitting your diet goal, or anything you want to achieve.
First things to do is to identify and become aware your bad habbits. Next is to list all of your bad habits such as procrastination, playing online games for too long, disobeying traffic rules, not wearing ID or uniform in school and in work, smoking, drinking, too much spending, and etc.
Once you have identified all these things, ask yourself why are you doing that. You need to realize why you are doing such things. Some of these bad habits may be hard to break but if you really want change for a better life and a better you, then you must oblige yourself to not ever do these things ever again.
You can change things little by little. If you are really desperate to be a better guy, you can. It will not be that hard, trust me. What your mind can conceive, you can achieve.
There are times that you need a friend or friends to help be reminded of your bad habits. True friends don’t tolerate wrong doings. Let them know that you want to change for the better. If they are really true to you, they will help.
If you’re interested, read: Advantages of Being Disciplined
4. Surround Yourself With Right People
There is this saying that “Birds of the same feather, flock together”. If you’ve been hanging with the unproductive people, without dreams, lazy, negative thinkers, and the likes, guess what? You will likely to be like them. Better start finding people whom you resonate with.
Find the optimistic people, the productive ones, the ones who take responsibilities, the ones who take actions, the ones who take risks to achieve their goals.
Engage yourself with the right people, the ones who have similar dreams as yours, the ones who can help you achieve your goals, the ones you can also help whenever they are in trouble.
As another saying goes, “If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together”. We are social creatures and it is inevitable to not deal with other people in this life if you want to go far. The thing we need is the right set of people to get in our circle.
5. The Mind Trick
I somehow believe the “Fake it till you make it” strategy with regards to improving self discipline. At some point in your journey to success, you will have this feeling of loneliness, feeling down, feeling like you can’t do it, but you need to be optimistic in these kind of situations.
Always look on your goals and reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing. Your family, your loved ones, people around you, and yourself. When situations get rough, just tell yourself “I can do this”, (Kaya yan!). When you think you fail, just tell yourself “I’ve learned something new”.
The Spoken Word
Here’s a little tip on how to program your subconscious mind. Before doing anything, state the action you’re about to take. Say out loud repeatedly until your mind absorb it.
Once you’ve done your task, say something like “I have finished ______ (what you did) because I’m not lazy. Now, I am going to do ______ (your next task), I got bunch of energy, i will do more”.
This way, you are programming mind that everything that will come out of your mouth, will surely be put into execution, and you are ready for more. You can use other statements and be creative as you want.
The goal is you need to program yourself to be more productive and positive.
Here’s a video that will open your mind for possibilities:
6. Learn To Prioritize
When asked about his productivity strategies, President Barrack Obama said, “I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing because I have too many other decisions to make.”
Learn the level of importance of your daily, weekly, month, yearly tasks or goals. Put the necessary things on top of the list and the not-so-important ones on the bottom. Before you go to sleep, list for tomorrow’s tasks and make it in a SMART way. (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely) This way, you’ll be able to make a list of not just random tasks but the important ones.
Just like any other stuff, it takes constant practice and effort to achieve self discipline. No one is genius without having reading a bunch of books. No entrepreneur is an instant millionaire. No any sport player is an instant champion. No any musician is an instant instrument god.
It always takes practice, effort, time, and sweat. It may even take away even some of your happiness BUT to become much better and much happier.
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