The ability to self-regulate and to exercise control over your thoughts, actions, and reactions. It’s having the strength and the courage to face weaknesses and fears and to turn them into accomplishments and successes. Simply put, self-discipline is staying the course regardless of any temptation to quit and to accomplish whatever you set off to do.
Unfortunately, most of us lack this skill. And when I say “most of us” I’m talking about the overwhelming majority. Less than 1% of people exercise and are consistent with self-discipline. So you are not alone if you’re struggling to set and to achieve your goals.
The good news is you could develop self-discipline. You don’t have to be born with it. If you have the willingness and the determination, I have a few tools and some tricks you could use to start building self-discipline right now. Read on.
So! Are you interested in developing self-discipline?
Then let’s get started with the first step. But before that, I want to share a little vignette that will help make the point.
Back in the spring of 2016, I decided to start running. At first, I could barely run five yards without huffing and buffing. But I was determined. My goal was to run two miles and to shed a few pounds that I had put on over the previous winter. Like clockwork, every day I would wake up, brew a cup of coffee, sip on a glass of lemon water. Stretch and be on the road running by seven o’clock. Week after week, mile after mile, the fat melted away. And It didn’t take long to get addicted to running. Forget about developing a lean body from running there’s a euphoric feeling you get from it and a sense of freedom that can’t be duplicated by any other means. Now that’s what I call rewarding. All I thought about was running. Nothing else just running. So I rode the momentum to the next goal, which was to run the Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon. It took me a total of two years to train for it.
Here’s what I know about self-discipline:
There are three factors that makeup self-discipline and commitment.
1. A Reward. The euphoric feeling and the sense of freedom I get from running that are unmatched by any other means. That’s what keeps me going back for more. What drives you? What reward makes you jump up without thinking?
2. Momentum. Ride the wave. Once you get into a task and are consistent with it, it will soon feel natural. Just like it was tough for me to run 5 yards when I first started running eventually, 13.1 miles was easy to run compared to my first two miles. If you are CONSISTENT with a task and do it every day regardless of any obstacle momentum will be on your side.
3. The Most CRITICAL Factor in Developing Self-Discipline is CHOICE. Or the lack thereof. Meaning, there are no choices. I didn’t wake up every morning wondering if I should go to the gym or If I should go running. There was no choice. Running was the only choice.
The first step if you want to build self-discipline is to eliminate all the choices impeding your potential. When you have one goal in sight focus on it every day. Wake up thinking about it. Daydream about it. Talk about it whenever you can. Go to sleep thinking about it. And let yourself dream about it. It should be the only thing on your mind.
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