How to Improve Your Personal Self-Discipline
By Genevieve Cunningham
One of the hardest personal skills to develop is self-discipline. It's so hard to get ourselves up and moving. It's so hard to keep the motivation alive. But overall, self-discipline is also one of the most important skills to develop in your life. It's the key to long-term wellness and happiness. If you struggle with maintaining self-discipline in your life, take a look at these tips for improving this skill now and long into the future.
Practice With Small Things
If you're trying to maintain self-discipline, you probably don't want to start with something big and difficult. If you have a major addiction or you're trying to completely revamp your schedule, you may want to start with something a little easier first. Maybe you should start with a bedtime or a wake up time. Maybe you should start by being strict with your food. Practice with things that are small -- things that aren't super high priority or important. As you gain confidence in your ability to stick with it, you can add other tasks to the routine to further your self-discipline skill.
Make a List of Your Reasons
We need self-discipline to keep ourselves well. To keep ourselves healthy. To help us be successful. And we want to do these things for certain reasons. It might be your family that keeps you moving forward. It might be personal satisfaction. Whatever the reasons you have for being disciplined, you need to know them. Write them down and keep them somewhere close by. When you're feeling weak, refer to your list of reasons why it's important to keep going so that you can find the motivation to keep pushing through.
Get Some Outside Help
Sometimes we really do need some outside help to make things happen. When it comes to self-discipline, you can ask a parent, a friend, or a trusted advisor to help you develop the skill. Or if it's really severe, you can get help through a therapist. It doesn't really matter how or where you get the help you need -- as long as you get it! If you can't seem to get it together to stay on track, find someone who can help you find your way.
Self-discipline is hard. It requires a lot of thought and effort. It requires restraint. If you need help developing this important skill, use these tips to get started. Over time, you can practice your self-discipline, carry it with you into important tasks, and improve your health and life like never before.
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