5 Steps to Self-Discipline

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Have you ever thought about doing something and never got back to it? Have you ever gone shopping and couldn’t control your expenses? Would you refer to yourself as an unruly and inconsistent person and would you like to change it now? Then you are at the right place!

Self Discipline is a complicated subject as many people find trouble in being able to control their impulses. Common goals as simple as waking up early, eating healthy, avoiding procrastination, being able to save some money and giving up some habits may look easily achievable but are quite hard on the contrary. Portraying discipline is often the step that lacks when people are trying to achieve their goals. If you want to get into a college, impress your boss, start living healthy, for all such goals, even the simplest ones, having some control over ourselves is the important factor.

Let’s take a look at the steps you can take to build your self-discipline/self-control

  1. Know your weak zones and work on them

You must be pretty aware of how things go when you plan on something. Be self-aware the next time you want to achieve something and check where it is that you are faltering. Once you spot your weak zones, make a plan and work on them. If you notice that whenever you are stressed you tend to procrastinate, start with trying to de-stress and schedule your work into parts so that you don’t procrastinate in the future.

  • Practise, Fail, Start-over

When you have some goals in mind, we don’t always find it easy to achieve them. Life is full of hurdles that we have to overcome and in this process, we may fail many times. It is thus important to have a never give up attitude. Starting over gives you a possibility to be more prepared than you were before.

  • Visualise what you want your outcome to look like

Having an image of the outcome excites us to work us faster. For instance, if you are trying to be healthy, imagine you would be eating a cake at your favourite restaurant on Saturday. Now, throughout the week whenever you crave for skipping your diet you can remember that you would be eating your favourite cake on Saturday. This may be a small and simple example, but it could be used for many such instances like completing an examination or getting a job or any such activity.

  • Forgive yourself

Now if you have planned anything, tried practising and failed, it is important to be able to forgive yourself and not be so hard on yourself. Sometimes when you fail, it may affect your self-esteem or state of mind, but it is important to remember that failure is also a part of the success and a life lesson. Don’t be so critical of yourself and find someone who could act as a mentor if you think that would help.

  • Treat yourself

When you could finally achieve what you have wanted, then don’t forget to pat yourself on the back and appreciate the hard work that you have done to come so far.

Self-control is a difficult thing to have, one may take a holistic approach or a completely different path, it is up to you. But, start now! Make a schedule, print a chart, do whatever you think is suitable, but do it now!

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