What if I told you that you actually need only 20 seconds to build self discipline? Hard to believe? Well you will believe it after reading this post. The most important part of self discipline is showing up no matter how you’re feeling.
This is contrary to motivation which depends on how you performed, your mood, etc. Most accomplished individuals have one thing common, that is their self discipline training.
There are tons of videos, books, and blog posts about how you can build self discipline. We all know why self discipline is important and yet we fail to pursue it sometimes.
This is partly because not many practical examples are given. As humans, practical examples given step by step is easy for us to grasp and implement.
Self discipline is a journey! You will not attain a stage in life where you are self disciplined forever. You will have to work on it everyday.
In this post, I will give some practical example that you can follow everyday to make sure you are self disciplined enough to show up everyday!
5 Practical Self Discipline Examples
1. Ask Yourself Questions
If you have read any of my posts on the Personal Development category, you know how much I talk about asking yourself questions.
I believe that knowing yourself solves half the problem! This is because you know exactly what you want and what you lack.
This leaves you with only planning on how to get there! It’s like when you are shopping and ask yourself if you really need that item and you sort out your needs.
Next time you feel like wasting time or feel demotivated ask yourself if you really need to play right now or get working!
Asking what you want, how are you as a person and what you stand for are important.
2. Intent Behind Goals
Knowing the intent behind your goals can be achieved by asking questions to which the answers are exclusive of what your parents, friends, society expects.
It pays off to be honest with yourself. Knowing if you set a goal to earn more money or gain some extra points for a resume or anything else will help you decide how to go about it.
These questions will give you a clear picture of what you can reject from your life so that you can achieve your goal.
3. Finding Resources
The next step has to be finding resources that will help you get on track. This could be anything from a book to a dedicated YouTuber or even your friend.
If you trust them, then you’re more likely to follow their steps. If you know someone who is put together, then ask them how they do it.
Using apps or maintaining a journal helps. Get a calendar with all the days of the year on it.
Everyday you complete a task, put an ‘X’. The day you miss it, you will have to restart.
I do this and it makes me never want to miss that ‘X’. If you are on your phone all the time and want to stop that, read How to break the loop of constantly checking your phone.
4. 20 Second Magic
Take 20 seconds to commit to your thoughts only and do not involve your feelings. Do this every time you feel demotivated or lazy.
Just sit there and ask yourself are you really tired or are you just making excuses. Thinking about where you will be if you get your work done helps!
Remember to not involve any feelings or excuses. Another tip is to stop yourself midway procrastinating and just start doing it.
Physically force yourself to get up. Trust me when you spend more than 20 seconds doing it, you will want to continue!
5. Make Sacrifices
In almost all the interviews of self disciplined people, the common factor is they were willing to make sacrifices.
I have said it once before but I’ll say it again. Self discipline is a journey. You won’t magically wake up one day and be self disciplined forever.
This requires you to make sacrifices again and again. The most important sacrifice you make is getting rid of laziness and showing up everyday.
You will enjoy this once you show up everyday. And to start enjoying, you need to show up everyday. So, show up everyday 🙂
Remember to keep pushing because you have a long way to go. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. You can make it 🙂 The key to building self discipline is to enjoy the process!
These were some of my suggestions to build self discipline organically overtime. If you have any tips or suggestions please feel free to write them down below! Let me know which tip you will be following??
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