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The Best Way to Study Self-Discipline

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The Best Way to Study Self-Discipline
A Case Study of Discipline that just Happened The best way is your way. And you don't "study" self-discipline, you practice it. It's like swimming, you cannot "learn" it. You must get into the water and try to swim. Otherwise, you will never learn it.

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Jim Rohn

“Be a student, not a follower. Don’t just go do what someone says. Take interest in what someone says, then debate it, ponder it and consider it from all angles.”

Jim Rohn

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Your philosophy about self-discipline

For most people, self-discipline is hard labor. It’s something to despise. But if you approach self-discipline with that attitude, it’s pretty hard to develop it.

Self-discipline is not hard at all. The lack of self-discipline is hard. 

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Internalize delayed gratification

When you are not disciplined, you know only one part of the equation: immediate gratification (our desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay).

But delayed gratification (resistance to the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward) is so much better in the long turn. 

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Extrapolate your current situation

If you don’t know your reward yet, and you simply have no relevant experience to get to like self-discipline, leverage what you know.

For example: if you don't know what abundance means, because you have never experienced it, you probably know what financial struggles mean. Work from there.

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Use your imagination

Visualize and taste the fruits of self-discipline.
What could you have achieved if you work hard every day? How well your life would have looked? Would that be enough for you to put yourself together today to achieve a better future?

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Self-discipline is NOT an option

You do what you have to. If self-discipline is an option for you, it will remain an option forever. Fix your personal philosophy.

You won’t have a habit if you don’t show up every day.

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Jim Rohn
“There are two types of pain you will go through in life, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret.”

Jim Rohn

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Habits and self-discipline

Your self-discipline has its root in your habits. They make us who we are. And changing one’s habits is the most reliable way to change yourself and your life.

Developing self-discipline via daily habits is so natural. If you have something to do every day, excuses and procrastination won’t have much power.

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Holding Yourself Accountable

Make yourself accountable for what you do or don’t do. You don’t have to do things to prove something to others.

Make a To-Do list with your goals, intentions and proposed actions, and try ...

Being Honest

If we are not honest in our communication due to any internal fear, we are not taken seriously. People can tell when we are not honest.

There is no need to hide anything or play the victim card. Honesty seems difficult as it requires humility, but if followed, it is easier to be self-disciplined.

The Right Example

People won’t do what you are not doing, and they won’t do what you are doing, if you tell them to do so.

You need to do what’s right, but not have any expectations. Let your actions speak for you.

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Finding Motivation

... to develop self-discipline:

  • Start taking small actions to make things better
  • Do the things that hurt you less
  • Push yourself into discomfort a little bit, so you can g...

Other Types of Motivation

  • Wanting to help others: If you get better at not procrastinating on your life’s work, for example, you can help more people with that meaningful work.
  • Appreciating life: We have a short time on Earth, and the life we have is a gift. When we procrastinate and give in to endless distraction, and don’t make the most of our time, we are not fully appreciating the gift we have.

Small Actions

One of the most important things you can do to get better at self-discipline is to take small actions.

It can seem overwhelming to start big, intimidating projects. Instead, start with easy actions, things so small you can’t say no.

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 ...