Self-discipline is a superpower that not only predicts your future but also helps you in transforming it into a reality. It is a bridge that’ll take you from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future.
A famous quote from Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility” holds true in case of self-discipline too. It is not easy to be disciplined, and it requires some sacrifices if you want bigger benefits in the future.
You have to avoid the temptations that are stopping you from being a better version of yourself. For instance, you have to avoid that one slice of Pizza on your cheat day. You have to resist hitting “snooze” when the alarm hits at 6:00 a.m. You have to stop yourself from texting that toxic person who broke your heart.
I know it sounds tough and boring. You may be thinking there’s no harm in making small exceptions. But, you must have noticed that you often fail to control all these temptations. This is where the self-discipline kicks in to save the day.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” If you can focus on what you want the most, you’ll understand that most of the daily temptations are nothing but hurdles in your ultimate goal.
I’ve heard people debating on the importance of self-discipline as if it’s just an option or a choice. No, it isn’t an option. Self-discipline is a necessity if you want to make the best out of the limited time you have.
I am sharing below the points explaining why self-discipline is necessary in your life.
There are many situations where you want to say NO , but you just couldn’t do it. It might be peer pressure, emotional pressure, or social pressure. Fortunately, self-discipline will allow you to stick to your decision and take a stand for yourself.
We all admire those who’re willing to make their life better and have long-term plans and goals set up in their mind. If you’re disciplined, focused, and driven, people will automatically start respecting you.
When you are self-disciplined, you’ll develop respect for yourself. Self-respect will give you confidence when you’ll talk to friends and colleagues. This will highlight your positivity at work as well as among your family and friends.
Emotions play a big role in what we do. No matter how much you love to read, write, sing or dance, sometimes you don’t feel like doing it. Self-discipline will develop a habit that’ll help you bypass your emotions to get important things done even when you don’t want to do them.
We all love to have someone to depend on. If you’re disciplined, people will know that you can be trusted to do a job, or they can rely on you for getting things done. It’ll also improve your chances of getting promoted at the workplace.
When you’re self-disciplined, you keep everything organized and planned. Due to this, you do not have to worry about pending tasks and you won’t waste time daydreaming about potential plans. Therefore, you’ll get enough free time to do whatever you want to do.
We tend to procrastinate on things as much as we can. Self-discipline kicks procrastination straight out of the window. If you’ll develop a habit to give time and attention to your goal, you’ll start making progress for sure.
Once you start planning before taking action, you also start taking responsibility for your actions. Self-discipline will ensure that all your actions would be well-planned.
Your willpower is the ability that keeps you disciplined. However, it is a finite resource and you can’t simply rely on it. That is why you have to develop self-discipline so that the lack of willpower won’t invite procrastination or doubt.
Here are the 5 simple yet effective ways to develop self-discipline that’ll make you the best version of yourself.
Think about all those important things you’ve given up just because of a little discomfort. If you want to be disciplined, you need to practice being uncomfortable.
Take a cold shower, ask your crush out, apply for those leaves you’re planning, and bargain for a discount at the mart. What would be the worst outcome? A small itch, a temporary rejection, or a little embarrassment. But if you’ll succeed, I don’t need to remind you of the reward which would be much bigger.
Start with something small and stick to it. For example, waking up early, meditating for only 15 minutes, or going out for a morning walk. Stick to the schedule and do it daily without any exception.
To make it easier for yourself, choose something you’re confident about. Once your tolerance increases, you’ll be able to set up the big goals like exercising daily and planning your diet chart.
You’ll need to understand the triggers that are stopping you from being self-disciplined. For example, you can’t plan a healthy diet if your refrigerator is full of cheesecakes and pints of beer.
Self-control is easy when you don’t have distractions around you. Make a list of things that are moving you away from your goal and get rid of them as soon as possible.
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs , basic needs like food, shelter, warmth and rest comes before your psychological and self-fulfillment needs.
You must take care of your basic needs if you would like to be self-disciplined and achieve big in the future. Eat healthy and stay hydrated, do sufficient exercise, and get enough sleep to keep yourself fit and ready.
It’s important to track your progress and check how far you’ve reached. Make a checklist on an app or keep a calendar to mark your daily routine.
Self-monitoring gives you confidence and makes it easier for you to track down your weaknesses and opportunity areas. Once you find out your weakness, it’ll be much easier to tackle it.
Remember, self-discipline is not a day’s or a month’s process. It will take time to develop. Have faith in yourself and do not compare your progress with others. You’ll definitely achieve your goals at the right time if you’re willing to work hard for them.
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