How would you like to have virtually anything you want in the next few days? If that’s not physically possible, how would you like to be well on your way to achieving virtually any goal you set for yourself within the next few days? If you are like most people, the first response you gave to those statements was probably something like, “Oh, no. Here we go again with all that self-help, get rich quick garbage”. If that’s what you thought, you’re only half right. Our answer is self discipline.
Self discipline is indeed self help. But then again, any help that’s worthwhile emanates from the self. There is no get rich quick garbage to this prescription, because what you will get from this article is worth more than any fortune. Best of all, it will be on its way to you within 10 days.
What is Self Discipline?
The first thing that should be taken up in any discussion of self discipline should be a definition of the term. After all, self discipline means many things to many people. The way we see it, self discipline is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.
Is that fair? Well, it certainly is true. After all, if self discipline was simply a matter of doing certain things to be successful, everyone would do it. Unfortunately, since opportunities come along that are often disguised as hard work, people put them off or they don’t do them entirely. Self discipline is also seen as those actions necessary for a progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
Accomplishing virtually anything
It has been written by countless authors over the years, but self discipline can help you accomplish virtually anything. Whether it’s something simple like breaking a bad habit, learning new skills, developing and growing as a person, or something bigger like becoming the president of a company, self-discipline will help you develop the stick-to-it attitude. This attitude means being able to create a plan then stick with it until its completion. The best news of all is that you can do all of this in as little as 10 days. Guaranteed.
Self Discipline in 10 Days
Many people begin their self-discipline journey by getting any number of self-assessment tests and other guides to determine where they are on their journey. And that’s fine, except the best way of all to determine where you are on the path to where you want to be is simply to sit down with yourself for a period of thinking and self-assessment.
If you are serious about developing your self discipline, you will want to do some good old-fashioned self-evaluation to determine what you want your lift to stand for. What do you want your life’s legacy to be? After all, you will leave a legacy of some kind. Why not make it a good one by creating some sort of plan you can follow to achieve something great?
Why not set aside a little time for you to sit quietly by yourself to identify areas of your life that might be lacking as well as those areas where you’ve done a good job? If, for example, you have a weakness for greasy foods and laying on the couch too much, why not make some changes for the better so that you can now eat healthier foods and exercise? The truth is, this self-evaluation process is about that easy. It all starts by identifying the areas where you need to work – those places where you need to implement self discipline to make a positive change.
By the Inch, Life’s a Cinch
Everybody has heard the old joke about how you eat an elephant…one bite at a time. When it comes to success, everyone wants it all at once. It doesn’t work that way. It’s the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. We often have to wait for success to come to us until we develop into the kind of person who deserves the success. That will keep you more than busy.
Perhaps one of the biggest problems with many people who don’t achieve the success they dream of is they don’t stay motivated to achieve their goal before they give up. They assume that maybe their dream was too big, too unrealistic, or too anything. The truth is that they simply quit too early. Dream your dream, then stick with what it takes to achieve that dream until it becomes a reality. No shortcuts.
Building a Plan
When was the last time you met a supervisor who wanted to build a house or other structure and he didn’t have plans to work from? It won’t happen. Why not send your construction crew out to build some sort of house or building and let them create the structure however they want it? Heaven knows what they would come up with, if they came up with anything worthwhile at all.
The point of this is that before you can build your successful platform, you need plans. Once you have those plans, using your self discipline you will take that plan step by step, level by level to achieve your dream.
Make It Public
This point might be controversial to many, but others find it to be a key to their self discipline. Who is to keep you on your goal if you’re the only one who knows that it’s there? It’s a good point, and one worth thinking about. You might want to try it to see if it fits for you. Find an accountability partner who is there for you to keep you on track of your goals. Knowing that you will have to explain shortcomings to another person might be just what you need to keep yourself on track with your new self discipline efforts.
Changing Your Mind
OK. We know what you are thinking, “Changing your mind”? Why can’t I change my mind? After all, things don’t always happen the way we anticipate them. Correct. But by “changing your mind” we mean to get out of that old frame of thinking that there will be obstacles that you can’t overcome, that will present insurmountable challenges. Wrong. You must believe that you can accomplish virtually anything you want. All you have have do is to believe you can.
Failure, it has been said, is a habit, but so is success. There will be times that you will fail, or you will fall off the wagon. That’s not the problem. The problem is that you stay off. There’s an old Chinese saying, “Success is falling off two times, getting up three.” It’s true. At the end of every day you should have a period of time where you review yourself. Where did you meet your goals? Where did you fall short? Then, when you identify a certain place where you fell short of your goals, determine to improve next time. That’s the way you become successful.
By now you probably recognize that self-discipline isn’t always easy to accomplish. That’s why you need to find ways to reward yourself along the way until you can firmly establish the habit. If, for example, your goal was to cut junk food from your diet, every time you avoid eating junk food, reward yourself by eating an apple or some other healthy food. It’s that easy, and all it takes is a change of mind. That’s where rewards and momentum take over. When you take steps to establish self discipline, reward yourself, even if it is something small. And once you have kept your effort going, rewards will motivate themselves.
Regardless of how you approach your method of building self discipline, the important thing is that you begin. Take these steps and break them down in any manner you wish, but once you have firmly established them as habit, you will begin to see yourself transform into something more than you ever thought possible. Believe it or not, that’s the self that you always knew was possible, and you discovered all by yourself.