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10 Powerful Ways to Master Self-Discipline

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/287005

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10 Powerful Ways to Master Self-Discipline
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It may be hard to believe when you're facing a hot-fudge sundae or the prospect of sleeping in versus hitting the gym, but studies show that people with self-discipline are happier.

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Master Self-Discipline

Master Self-Discipline
  • Know your weaknesses. You can’t overcome them until you know them.
  • Remove temptations. “Out of sight, out of mind.”
  • Set clear goals and have an execution plan.
  • Build your self-discipline. We aren’t born with self-discipline -- it’s a learned behavior.
  • Create new habits by keeping it simple. Break your goal into small, doable steps.
  • Eat often and healthy. Low blood sugar often weakens a person’s resolve, making you grumpy and pessimistic.
  • Give yourself a backup plan. Give yourself a plan to deal with a potentially difficult situation you know you will likely face.
  • Reward yourself when you accomplish your goals.
  • Forgive yourself when you fall short and keep moving forward.

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