How to Discipline Yourself The Right Way
What is Discipline?
Discipline is not a feeling or emotion, it is simply a mindset, attitude, or action habit. Whichever definition you choose, it all requires one thing. Your will-power.
Discipline does not come overnight nor does it come in a week. It takes a lot of time, months more like. So to find it, it takes long dedication and will-power to get it done. To fully feel the effects.
It decides how early you will get up in the morning and how much time and work you’ll put into your daily life.
Discipline is what separates the successful from the dreamers.
How Will This Benefit Me?
No matter your age, discipline can change your everyday lives for the better.
For older adults, discipline can help finish that project you’ve always wanted to do but “never had the time for”. Discipline is not about being comfortable, and pushing the limits of your comfort zone is one of the only ways to be successful.
For new adults, discipline is what’s going to set your future. You have your whole lives in front of you but if you are lazy and lay on the couch and party all the time, where are you going to go? What are you planning to do? It is vital at this time to start setting yourself up for success.
Dream big, work hard, and be unique. That’s the key to setting yourself up for success at this age.
For Teenagers, discipline will change your attitude on things. Right now you are in high school and that’s really all you know. When you get out of high school your lifestyle will be dramatically affected by “adulthood”. (I say adulthood because a lot of you will go to college and the majority of those people will still be babied throughout college)
By adjusting your mindset early, you set yourself up for emotional control during the transition to college. (Trust me, you will WANT this control over your mind during that transition… its rough)
Now How Do I Discipline Myself?
First, you need to set a goal. Whether that be getting up early every day, going vegan, or just exercising to sculpt the body of your dreams. This will be your go-to-why you are doing this to yourself. Something to never forget so you don’t lose track of where you are at.
This is something you should write on a sticky note and post to your mirror so every morning you read it and remember, you have a why. You know why you want to do this. And you will.
Next, set a strict schedule with goals, milestones, or steps. This will keep you on track as well. You need to allow your body some leg room when it comes to these steps. By starting off small, you will have a bigger chance of succeeding.
If you set huge goals, then you will probably not succeed in reaching those beginning goals. This will only discourage you. That is the opposite of what you want to do.
By setting smaller goals, you will feel small victories along the way. Which can only encourage you to work harder and push yourself more and more.
These goals don’t have to be huge. For example, you can just have a goal of going to the gym for an hour 4 times a week. By doing this you will know you are accomplishing things all while allowing your body room to breathe.
Then, after about a month of working on your goal, it will become a habit. In the beginning, you will become discouraged. It’s just life, you will become discouraged. But this is where that sticky note stands out in your life. By remembering where you came from, where you want to go, and how far you’ve gone, you’ll only realize how great your discipline really is.
Trust me on this, you WILL become disciplined by following this and remember, willpower is only as strong as you want it to be.
It’s going to suck. It’s completely different than most people’s lifestyles so its going to be a huge change and you will not like it in the beginning. But by thinking of the positives and thinking of what you want the most instead of what you want now, you’ll be more encouraged to keep going.
For most people, you aren’t going to see the big picture and that’s why you’ll fail. But I don’t want you to fail. I want you to thrive so figure out a way for yourself to always remember the big picture. The end goal. The light at the end of the tunnel.
Keeping a journal to track your progress helps a lot. For working out, it can be motivation to see how much weight you’ve lost/gained or how much more weight you can lift. For emotional discipline, it can show you how far you’ve come from mindset wise.
Instead of thinking about it as a short term punishment, you will begin to think of it as a long term lifestyle. Only then will you start to understand the benefits.
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