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6 Steps to Have More Discipline

The idea of ‘discipline’ can be both empowering and dreadful.

The idea of ‘discipline’ can be both empowering and dreadful. We need it for forming new routines, getting rid of bad habits and staying on top of our lives. Below are six easy yet effective steps to develop more discipline in our lives.

1. Aim to achieve small milestones in immediate future

It’s hard to force oneself to keep doing something when it feels like there’s no end in sight. Break up a big goal you may have into smaller ones and set the deadline to some time in the near future to create a sense of urgency. For instance, instead of aiming to finish a book in a month, aim to read 10 to 12 pages a day. Instead of trying to lose 10 kilos in six months, aim to eat healthy every day, cut down on sugary and junk food, sleep 7-8 hours daily, stay hydrated and exercise for at least 150 minutes a week.

2. Stay motivated by remembering the purpose and outcome

Doing difficult or tedious things often feels less painful when we remember why we’re doing it and the result we want to achieve. List down your goals or create a vision board of your dreams and refer to it regularly. Visualize the destination you want to reach and more importantly, the obstacles you’ll face on the journey there. When you feel low on motivation, read or watch interviews of people who succeeded in the area you want to flourish in and recall that they were once at where you are today (i.e. the starting point or midway to the summit).

3. Celebrate effort and progress regularly

It’s dangerous to get attached to results as we might not get what we want in the form we want or at the time we want it. A good way to go about staying motivated and thus disciplined is to regularly celebrate effort and progress. The key is to acknowledge the hard work, which is within one’s choice and control, and the advances made thanks to that effort. Progress doesn’t have to be being closer to the goal, it can be in the form of increased knowledge and know-how thanks to previous failed attempts.


4. Set frequent reminders so we don’t stay distracted

Sometimes we don’t stay disciplined, not because we don’t want to, but because we are distracted and forget to. It’s easy to get sucked into an addictive TV series, hours of internet surfing or a busy social life. To combat this, set reminder alarms on your phone. For instance, in my endeavor to be more positive, present and grateful, I’ve set alarms that go off during the day to remind me to meditate for a minute, focus on positive and constructive thoughts and to give thanks for the good things that happened that day.

5. Get inspired by being around disciplined people

We’re the average of the five people we spend the most time with. It’s easy to create excuses on why we need not do something that’s good or important for us when the people close to us tells us that it’s alright to cut ourselves some slack. Surround yourself with people who live by standards you aspire to. When I was trying to get my finances in shape, I got my brother, who has always been prudent with money, to hold me accountable over the course of six months. That helped me tremendously in developing good spending practices and saving habits and I can’t be more thankful.

6. Develop a system of trigger goals

More often than not, we procrastinate simply because we can't see the next steps we need to take. Spend some time to create a systematic way around achieving your goals. Use trigger goals to make it a no brainer for you to exercise discipline. For instance, my trigger goals for myself are each morning when I wake up I’ll drink a glass of lemon water, each afternoon during lunch I’ll aim for some movement (i.e. yoga, pilates, a stroll, etc) and each night before sleeping I’ll plan and prepare for the next day.

Which areas of your life do you struggle with being disciplined? How would you apply the above tips into your life? Share with us your thoughts and comments below.

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Sylvia Huang

Social media coach, helping new and small biz owners to grow their brand and tribe online .

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Self-discipline is a hard challenge to conquer. It takes a lot of practise. I tend to relapse, but I have a lot of things going on at once that require discipline. Going to the gym, eating less rubbish, managing my money, not buying handbags & jewellery and all things nice. Tidying my house ( decluttering), reducing medication, ignoring rude, nasty and negative enemies and obnoxious neighbours, managing an abusive Father. And trying not to sink under the pressure, and more. I’ve got a lot going on. I didn’t realise how much until I typed it. It helps if you have a purpose/motivation sometimes, sometimes not. In spite of knowing what discipline is/means, I would welcome some guidance on how to actually stick to it. Another interesting subject. We all need it in our lives.

Linda Smith
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So very grateful tonite, reading your page created for breaking goals down into smaller ones! And creating a sense of energy. Also, relating to discipline, forming new ideas, and getting rid of bad habits! I strive to overcome all! So many things, and also a chance to attempt to classify our goals! The big ones to the smaller ones! My first choice is to list my goals!! Not just my dreams!!Work hated at all and work hard! I will not fail!! Thank you, So!

Linda Smith

Marisa
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Marisa

I agree with knowing the outcome, purpose doing things make more enjoyable.

Sherryramlogan9
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Sherryramlogan9

Wow….what a terrific article…I can’t add much to…you said everything possible I find.. my aim and goal for the day is after waking up,shower and pray or meditate…that’s how I start off….and let everything else fall into place…

PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU
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PRABHAKAR RAJARAPU

AMEN

Melissa Rose Rothschild
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Sylvia, These are some great suggestions.
I especially think number three is important to remember!
Thank you ❤️

Tony Beck
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Tony Beck

I found this article very useful although all but one I already use. I drink lemon water in the morning, etc. The fifth step is one that I will move on, I have been working around very intelligent people but have become upset by them at times. This is my fault for not realising independence. My father is very good at engineering and talking/thinking out loud which can be a distraction at times. I must take a little more time and exercise patience before getting upset. By doing so I will not lose my own motivation on things I am interested in and also help my father ‘think outside the box’.

Getting upset is one of the most destructive things to motivation and the brilliant people around me are a source of inspiration to my work.

Lawney
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Great steps to be more disciplined. I like the part about celebrating the progress. Give ourself a pat on the back.

Karen
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Very inspiring, thank-you

Akiroq Brost
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Excellent advice Sylvia. I personally have found that surrounding myself, keeping company with highly motivated people has been tremendously impacting in my life. Envisioning my goals has allowed me to see ways in which I needed to adapt my lifestyle. Celebrating myself and my success has been empowering.

Sole
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Beautiful article❤️