At some point in life, every person will feel the effects of a lack of self-discipline. It is a challenging goal to conquer, but anyone can develop more discipline. There will be setbacks along the way, but establishing good self-discipline is an important step for your personal development.
- You are human
Don’t forget that you are a human being. You will make mistakes, it is only natural. People start learning by trial and error in infancy-adult learning is often no different. The goal here is to learn from your mistakes and not keep repeating the same error time and time again. If you mess up one day, don’t give up, and don’t beat yourself up. Just start fresh the next day.
- Set attainable goals
Nothing kills a plan faster feeling like it’s impossible to get anywhere. It’s not conducive to your personal development to set the bar too high at first. If you currently don’t exercise at all, a goal of walking three times a week is a nice, attainable goal. You are not going to go from being sedentary to running marathons overnight. Remember to keep your goals in check with your abilities. If you set the bar too high at first, you will burn out and give up. Set yourself up for success by keeping your goals within your abilities.
- Reward yourself
When you reach a goal, go ahead and reward yourself. If you walk three times this week, allow yourself to splurge on a night out with friends. When goal achievement goes unrewarded, we have a tendency to stop moving forward. Everybody needs to feel like they got a “win” sometimes. When you attain a goal, reward yourself. You are worth it.
- Use your time effectively
Time is a precious commodity-treat it as such. When you get wrapped up in a task, you sacrifice time elsewhere. Creating a schedule for your day can help to eliminate situations where you feel like you worked all day, yet accomplished nothing.
- Schedule fun time
Often we get so wrapped up in everything we have to do that we forget about doing what we want to do. The stress of everyday life can feel crushing some days. It is so important to schedule time in your day for something you enjoy. Without this release, you are setting yourself up to burn out. Burn out can kill any self-discipline progress you have made. Scheduling a few minutes each day for enjoyable activities is not only fun, it’s essential to your mental health.
With these simple steps even the most disorganized person can achieve some self-discipline. Take charge of your life today!