The number one quality that separates successful men and women from unsuccessful ones is Self-discipline, which will guarantee you greater success, accomplishment, and happiness in life… But this is also one of the skills which are very hard to master. In fact, when I asked my friends and followers how they rate this skill than turns out everyone is struggling with it and I hardly got an average number greater than 5.
Self-Discipline – It’s the ability to do what you know you should do even when you don’t feel like doing it.
So, do a quick review – on scale 1-10 how good you are with this skill?
Long years I was trying to increase my productivity but at the same time my self-discipline score was not higher 4 or 5.. As soon as I got it back, my results showed up as well. Of course, an important role in the game plays our daily routines, but there are some more disciplines we can master that supports self-discipline that I learned from Brian Tracy, an international author and speaker, and by experimenting.
Disciplines I started to master that supports and train my self-discipline.
Get clear on your purpose
I used to struggle with discipline until I got clear on my “why” and purpose: teaching others how to grow and master their activities. Once I started to act according to my mission, I started to set clearer goals to make it happen.
Know your weaknesses and your strength.
Know your weaknesses and your strength. I was surprised when someone asked me what is that you really enjoy doing and I was confused. I had no answer to this. So, I started to test several different activities while I got that. I like to be in front of people, I like to teach, I like to give. I’m good at starting and inspiring but have issues with routines and details. For those, I seek for help today.
Every morning, I take 3 to 5 minutes to write out my top daily goals in the present tense. By writing out 10 goals at the beginning of each day, I will program them deep into my subconscious mind and make me more alert. Throughout the day, it will show me more opportunities and possibilities to move more rapidly toward my goals. In the beginning,
Planning and Organizing
I take a few minutes, preferably the night before, to plan out activities of the coming day. This is one of the most powerful and important disciplines of all for high performance. Always work from a list. Always think on paper. In the beginning, I was worried that not every goal, activity planned for the day are finished, but in the long term – there is a major improvement if you finish at least one goal a day. So, a small step forward is a step forward anyway.
Each night, answer these three questions in a journal. One: what went well today? Two: what could I improve? Three: what am I grateful for?
Priorities, priorities, priorities…
The essence of all time management, personal management, and life management is contained in our ability to set proper priorities in the use of our time. This is essential for high performance. The night before plan your day and also do not forget to prioritize your activities.
Concentration on your Highest-Value Activities
The ability to work single-mindedly on the most important task will contribute as much to the success as any other discipline you can develop. Avoid multitasking at any price.
Exercise and Proper Nutrition
Your health is more important than anything else. By disciplining yourself to exercise regularly and to eat carefully, you will promote the highest possible levels of health and fitness throughout your life.
I had a blog post recently where I talk more about the importance of a healthy mind and body – 15 Principles to Ensure a Healthy Mind and Body
Learning and Growth
Your mind is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.
Time for Important People in your Life
Relationships are everything. Be sure that in climbing the ladder of success, you do not find it leaning against the wrong building. Make time for your relationships every day, no matter how busy you get. I started to block time slots in my calendar for relationships. Again, relationships are everything. No matter how busy you get.
Relationships are everything. Be sure that in climbing the ladder of success, you do not find it leaning against the wrong building.
I hope this list will inspire you to take an inventory of your daily disciplines and, yes, share in the comment below on scale 1-10 how good you are with self-discipline?
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