How do you effectively lead yourselves and others when it comes to discipline? It may be difficult when you wake up in the morning and you’re faced with the enticement of sleeping in. Many of us have had this experience. All great achievement comes from focus and self-control. We are not born perfect. We all have shortcomings. Many times we pretend our vulnerabilities do not exist. If you want to realize your goals you must not only know what you need to do but also be able to do it.
Maybe you are disappointed because you’ve started and can’t seem to move forward because of your lack of self-discipline or perhaps you are frustrated because you have started and although you are giving it all your effort and time you are not getting your desired results.
Then there is that giant in everyone’s life. That’s right! Temptation! The temptation to abandon what we’ve started. The temptation that distracts us and calls attention to how poor we are performing or cause us to question if we will ever lose those extra pounds and so many more. Temptation is all around us and within us. “You can start next week”, “You can make it a new years resolution”, says that tiny voice in us. Don’t let the noise of internal negative influence drown out your will to succeed.
Below, I share with you 6 steps if you are ready to cultivate self-discipline and transform your life.
- Be Open to Positive Change
When you are open to change it means you are willing to examine your belief system against new ones and decide which one you will hold on to. One thing is for sure, letting go is hard and easy. It is hard because you are giving up old habits, outdated customs and behaviours you were taught and have grown accustomed to, and can be easy once you give up your resistance to change. Being open to change helps to build confidence it also help you to be multifaceted and adaptable with a flexible mindset.
2. Connect With Like-Minded People
Ladies, you cannot surround yourself with negative people and expect positive results. This means people who share similar preferences, goals and opinions. If you are following a weight loss journey but always ending up in a fast-food restaurant, you need to follow a regimen that is related to your weight loss journey to support your outcome. If you like the Opera or wine festivals, go to meet people with the same disposition. The key is knowing what kind of people make you feel inspired and confident and motivate you to become the best version of yourself.
3. Know Your Weaknesses
What are your weaknesses? Can you identify them? Weaknesses are areas to develop or rid yourself of and nothing to be ashamed of. Take a pen and write down all the things that scare you or hold you back. For example, you can write how you dislike being among small-minded people or a habit of procrastination. Doing this will give you a better perspective and understanding of yourself and those things that are restricting you, so you can work to find ways to get rid of that baggage and improve on those that are worth it. Remember to take into consideration the benefits of changing and embrace every challenge that comes with it if you want to improve and grow to your full potential.
4. How Committed Are You
Knowing your level of commitment is as important as knowing your weaknesses. And not knowing how committed you are can limit you from progressing and achieving your dreams. For some things you do, there will be different levels of commitment. This will test your dedication and consistency to your responsibility. For that reason, you should remain focused and remember why you started, because whether what you are doing requires various amounts of commitment the journey and destination may be one. Ensure that your commitment lives up to your dreams. Your level of commitment will determine the quality of your success.
5. Imagine You’re Self-Discipline
I tried this in the past when I didn’t know what I was doing and failed miserably. Then I discovered the reason for ending up at a dead end. It occurred to me that although I had in mind what I want to do I had no passion for what I was doing and no proper direction and visualization. Passion is what propels us. It gets us thinking and doing. However, if there is no sense of purpose it becomes difficult to sustain.
A vital aspect of achieving this is visualization. This might seem like an impossible task, but with purpose and direction can be attained. Using all your five senses, imagine that you have already achieved the things you’ve embarked on. How do you see yourself? How do you feel? Your imagination has no limits, it opens your minds to possibility and sparks your inspiration. Imagine yourself walking into the life you envision and the type of person you want to be. It is you who have the power to enhance your creativity, improve your self-image and turn your dreams into reality.
6. Do The Work
I know you have the willpower to maintain and commit to your goals. Are you willing to make the sacrifice? Your decision to dedicate yourself to your goals means you must take action. Surround yourself with the right people who are willing to support you and your purpose. Be committed and willing to follow through with your responsibility. It will be hard at the beginning but once it becomes a habit it will be easier. Begin now and create a productive, fulfilling and rewarding life.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”Jim Rohn
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