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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“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
... to develop self-discipline:
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 to stick to it.
Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve tried to change your behavior through sheer willpower. And chances are, you also failed miserably. Don’t feel bad! This is what happens most of the time.
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