For most of us the word “discipline” itself is intimidating and sounds like a lot of work and when you put the word “self” before it then it appears even more scary.
Developing self-discipline does not have to be difficult if you know how to approach it properly. Instead of trying to swallow the whole picture organize your strategy into bite-sized pieces that you break off and tackle one at a time.
Your Mind Can Be a Hazardous Neighborhood
Your mind is a powerful tool and if it is working against you it can be a hazard to your success. Every time you try to achieve something it seems like something is standing in your way however it is not visible. This is your subconscious trying to stop you from achieving something positive. The voice of your subconscious can be quite persuasive so you need to be aware so you can prepare to battle it.
What kinds of things does your mind tell you that prevent you from moving forward? Your subconscious mind will do everything in its power to stop you by saying things like, “Why are you doing this?” Why be bothered? Remember last time you failed!” “You do not have the capabilities to do this.” “Why not wait until the ideal time?” and on…and on….and on.
The key to overcoming these thoughts and carrying on with your goals is to recognize your subconscious voices when they are talking to you. If you can recognize them as soon as they occur you can begin to fight back.
Your subconscious is the biggest hurdle you must overcome to learn self discipline.
Break Out of the “All or Nothing” Syndrome
If you look at the entire picture you will never get started because the tasks appear too overwhelming. Remember if you start something you do not have to finish it all in one session. The important thing is to start and then set small milestones that will take you to the finish line.
It Does Not Have to Be Perfect
If you are a perfectionist you are standing in your own way. While it is okay to set high standards, if you think it has to be perfect the first time you will never be able to discipline yourself to get started. Instead jump off the cliff and then build your wings on the way down. Once you have something to evaluate then you can worry about perfecting it. The main thing is to get going.
Envision the Worst
Sometimes if you imagine the worst that can happen you will find that the worst is not so bad. It is the things you imagine in your mind that make the worst seem monumental. Envision the worst and then provide a backup strategy that helps you feel more confident about getting started.
If you are surrounded by people who do not believe in what you are trying to achieve then inspire yourself. Leave inspirational sayings in locations where you can see them repeatedly throughout the day. Think carefully about what they mean and stay focused on the steps you will take each day to achieve self discipline.