Self discipline – How to be disciplined – 8 Steps to help you be more disciplined
Self discipline – How to be disciplined: Discipline, that concept that we have heard so much about but know so little about …
“Tomorrow I start what I have pending.” “It’s okay, I’m going to sleep since it’s early, I get up earlier and finish it” How many times have we said this phrase a day? And a week? Where are those (mis) New Year’s resolutions? It is clear that each person has their rhythm, their process, their learning, and their path, however, it is true that to get what you want, it is better to put procrastination aside and bring self-discipline to the surface.
Yes, yes, yes, it sounds very easy to say (or read) but not to do it. We know. However, here we leave you the 8 (more or less) simple steps so that you can regain discipline or, at least, try.
1 – Know your weak points
Yes, nobody is perfect, absolutely nobody. So there is nothing better than assuming your weaknesses (chips, sleeping late, too much coffee, many hours with the phone in hand, little exercise, nerves, thinking too much about things) and slowing them down. Or not stop them but be aware of them so that, when they attack, you know how to remedy them or realize what is stopping what you want to do.
2- Take away the temptations and make a commitment to yourself
Being disciplined is not something you are, it is something you do. You are not born with discipline, it is a habit that is acquired. So, if you know that you see your mobile a lot before sleeping and you end up sleeping two hours later, turn it off and rest. If you want to eat healthily, throw away or give away junk food that you have nearby or, if you want to be more productive at work, silence your phone and notifications from social networks.
Self discipline – How to be disciplined
3- Focus on what you want to achieve, make a plan, and do not miss the goal.
If you want to be more disciplined to achieve a goal (sleep more, read more, do more sports, whatever) it is important that you be very clear about what you want to achieve and/or achieve. Go over your goal (s) each morning and do whatever it takes to get there.
4- Build your discipline
As we have told you before, discipline is not something you are born with, it is an acquired habit/behavior. And, like any knowledge, skill, or learning, the more you practice it, the more you improve. Thus, like anything else that you are going to learn again, it will cost you at first, but you should not give up on that. As your goals get bigger, more ambitious, or complex, the more discipline and effort you will need. Therefore, try to be disciplined in your day-to-day, in more or less manageable things, so it will be much easier or feasible.
5- Create new habits by simplifying them
That is, if you want to do something new, eat healthier or sleep more or lose weight, for example (yes, they are the most clichés but the most widespread too) start little by little. What does this mean? Well, if you want to sleep more, do not think about sleeping two hours before, that will overwhelm you. Go to bed fifteen minutes early. If you want to exercise and lose weight, start with ten or fifteen minutes a day, something that seems little but, every day, it adds up.
6- Eat often and in a healthy way
It seems other nonsense but it is not. If you’re hungry, grumpy, nervous, or on a tight stomach, you won’t be able to focus on what’s important. Not eating leads to a lack of sugar and that makes you more depressed, downcast, and pessimistic. Plus, we are what we eat, so if you want to start changing, there’s no better way to start.
Self discipline – How to be disciplined
7- Do not put a brake or stop to your limits or your power
It sounds very new age, yes, but it is. If you think you have little capacity to do it, discipline, achievement, or whatever, you will not get it. If you are not aware or do not quantify what you can or cannot do, you do not hold back and you feel less pressure.
8- Make a backup plan, reward yourself and if you fail, forgive yourself and move on
For example, if you’ve decided to eat healthier but are on your way to a party, make a plan. You know there will be fried oily things and some healthier ones. Well, go for the healthy ones (or as healthy as they can be). If you can, one day a week allow yourself to eat something you really want or crave more / cute. If you don’t get it, don’t whip yourself or complain, you already know your weak point.