Practicing self-discipline in one area of your life will automatically impact all the other areas of your life. If you want to save more money you need self-discipline. If you want to start a business you need self-discipline. If you want to be a better parent you need self-discipline (and patience!)
Practicing self-discipline is the key to molding your life into what you want it to be. But this is an area where many people struggle.
So how exactly do you create the life you want? Try the following.
Just Do It
Procrastination is the arch enemy of self-discipline. By procrastinating we are putting off what we could and should get done today. This creates a lot of unnecessary stress.
The key to fighting procrastination is by just doing it.
Don’t give yourself the time to think about why you don’t want to get something done. When you’re supposed to do something simply get started. By diving right in you’ll avoid the mental pull. And once you get started momentum builds. You’ll get a rush from getting something done and the effect will spread.
Goals are simply a map of what you would like to accomplish. Habits are what will help you reach those goals.
Make a list of the goals that are most important to you and then pick one habit you can work on that will help you reach your goal.
For example, if you want to save more money out of each paycheck make a habit of transferring money into your savings account at a certain time each week. If you want to start your own side business block out certain days and times that you can work on it.
Don’t make excuses just do it. Be consistent. Work on one habit for 1-2 months and then move on to the next.
Track Your Progress
To make sure you’re staying on target track your progress each and every day. Create a spreadsheet or use a smartphone app to track the progress you’re making on your goals and habits. (Here’s how you can track your spending.)
This is an easy way of practicing self-discipline and you can use this as motivation to keep on going.
There are times when I get really lazy when it comes to my goals and I just don’t want to work on them. When I feel this laziness coming on I pick up one of my favorite books and dive in.
I keep a copy of Brian Tracy’s No Excuses on my living room table for easy access. I also have a copy of the Habit Factor on my Kindle. By reading a couple pages of one of these books I get fired up to work on what I have to.
If you don’t like books consider making a list of your favorite motivational quotes to reference when you feel like giving up.
Know That It’s All Up to You
You are the only one in control of your life.
If you don’t like the way things are currently going for you it’s your responsibility to fix them. Nobody is going to come in and save you.
If you want a better life, you’re the ticket. Period.
If You Fail, Try Again
We all have our weak moments. We’re human after all.
Nobody is going to be perfect all of the time so don’t beat yourself up if you slip and fall, just pick yourself back up.
You can have any life you want if you’re willing to put in the work. Decide what’s important to you and go for it.
What tips would you add to the list?