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Dear purpose-driven achiever,
Do you struggle with self-discipline?
In recent research for this post, I came across the following statement:
The key to success in achieving your goals and plans both in your professional and personal life is to become a more self-disciplined person.
(Susan M. Heathfield)
You can read Susan Heathfield’s excellent and practical post giving 8 tips to building self-discipline here.
I have to admit that I often struggle with self-discipline. Below is a summary of some notes I took on this topic and have written up to post here, in the hopes that it might assist someone.
Summary of Self Discipline Notes:
Self-discipline is the process of consistently building daily habits over a period of time in order to achieve my goals or desired outcome.
It requires me to regulate, correct, and adapt my behaviour to changing circumstances within my life, whether hostile or favourable.
It is proactively training myself to act according to the rules and standards of whatever it is I am seeking to pursue.
Self-discipline improves my productivity and increases my self-confidence.
As I continue to build self-discipline in my life
- I will feel a greater sense of control over the projects/tasks I take on,
- my ability to focus increases and
- I will gradually get more done in less time and with seemingly less effort.
Just like a muscle, I have to exercise self-discipline regularly, in order to develop and strengthen it.
Just as an open fire needs logs or coal to keep it burning, so self-discipline needs to be fuelled by either inspiration or motivation. If self-discipline is not constantly fuelled then I cannot maintain my focus.
NB: There is a difference between inspiration (coming from within) and motivation (coming from without). I can know the difference by measuring how long I remain excited or enthusiastic about the dream, goal or project. Inspiration lasts longer. I can motivate myself with affirmations. I inspire myself by considering and knowing what it is that I want.
Self-discipline requires both penalties and rewards for me to maintain long-term!
In order to regulate and correct my behaviour, I need to make certain agreements with myself (e.g. I will not reward myself with 2-3 episodes on Netflix until I have accomplished x, y, or z).
Don’t compare myself to others. Compete only against my best self.
Strive to improve daily, weekly, monthly and yearly.
[End of notes]
I do hope you found the above useful, particularly if, like me, you struggle with maintaining self-discipline. I’d love for this post to motivate you to build healthy habits that takes you forward with your dreams and aspirations.
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
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