Eight Steps to Mastering Self-Discipline

Eight Steps to Mastering Self-Discipline

Anyone can master self-discipline if they really want to do it. Even the process of trying to
develop more self-discipline will make a huge difference in your life. You learn to control your
impulses, desires, and wants so that you can stay focused on achieving your long-term goals.
Let’s check out eight steps to mastering self-discipline that you can start using today.

1. Know What Self-Discipline Is
Sometimes it’s hard to become self-disciplined for people because they don’t know what it
means. They think it’ll take away all the fun from their life. On the contrary, all being selfdisciplined means is that you don’t allow distractions or short-term temptations or desires to
get in the way of reaching your long-term goals.

2. Set Clear Goals
To be successful in anything in life, you must have a reason for doing it. Your reasons, in this
case, are your goals. Perhaps you want to start exercising every day? Maybe you need a
process to finish a work project? Whatever it is, create the goal using very specific language.
Read all about SMART goals so that you set goals the best way. Your goals - the results you
are looking for, will be your why and your motivation going forward.

3. Know How to Achieve Your Goals
Once you set a goal, write down exactly how you’re going to achieve it. Write down every
single step it will take for each goal that you’ve set, then put it in your calendar. Schedule it as
if you’re going to do it and schedule it realistically. Keep in mind how long things really take
and give yourself enough time - as well as a cushion.

4. Know Your Weaknesses
If there is something that will distract you, now is the time to admit it. For example, if you
want to get up an hour earlier each morning so that you can go to the gym before work, but
you never can fall asleep before midnight, why not choose to exercise at a different time so
that your goal is achievable and works around your weakness?

5. Learn How to Prioritize
The other thing you really need to practice and learn to be good at when mastering selfdiscipline is how to put things in the right order so that there are no bottlenecks. It’s sort of
like realizing that your toothbrush should be in your bathroom so that you don’t forget to
brush your teeth. Things should fit together simply. This takes practice, as well as trial and

6. Track Everything
To get better at self-discipline you’ll need to track everything. That’s the only way you know if
you’re doing better or not. Get a journal of some kind (the kind you’ll use is the best kind),
and write it in each day to record your progress and feelings about various situations.

7. Get Accountability
One thing about self-discipline is that eventually, you need to be able to provide
accountability to yourself. For now, you might want to find a support group or a friend to talk
to about your self-improvement goals so that you can work together.

8. Improve
As you track and measure your progress and are accountable for your promises (to yourself
and others), you can find areas where you can make improvements. Self-discipline is
something you get better at with practice.

Truly mastering self-discipline is mostly about understanding what it is, what it means, and
the benefits of doing it, and then practicing it – every day. You may not be perfect but the
more you succeed, the stronger you will become and the better you’ll be at being selfdisciplined in the healthiest way.

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Is Self-Discipline Always a Good Thing?

Is Self-Discipline Always a Good Thing?

It doesn’t really matter what you’re talking about, there is always a way to have too much of
something. That includes having too much self-discipline. There is a time when that control is
not even self-discipline anymore but has become self-abuse. If you’ve gone too far, you may
end up having some characteristics about your personality that aren’t beneficial. Let’s look
closer into some signs that things may have gone too far.

You Can’t Make Decisions
You’re overly cautious when you try to make choices. You can’t choose what to eat for dinner,
you can’t pick which movie to go to, and you can’t figure out what to do with your life. You’re
scared of making the wrong decision, so you tend not to make any. Thus, you make no
progress in life.

You Have Become a Perfectionist
Some people think the word "perfectionist" makes them sound smart and important.
However, the truth is a person who has become a perfectionist is usually not full of selfconfidence. Their perfectionism is really an excuse never to do anything or finish anything due
to fear of success or failure.

You Are Too Focused on Rules and Regulations
Following the law is good and it’s great to care about rules and regulations. However, you can
take this too far if you cannot play a game or do anything without pointing out the rules
everyone else is breaking before you can have any fun. Plus, if you nitpick every little thing,
you will never get anything done.

You Can’t Take Breaks
While sticking to a schedule is a good thing - especially if you are a manager, a business
owner, or a parent, you can take that too far. It’s imperative to set up your day so that you
have time for breaks and set up your schedule and task list with breaks in mind. A person who
is all work and no play will not end up being successful long term without burning out.

You Feel Lonely
If you’re not taking breaks and you cannot make decisions, you may start to feel lonely and
out of touch with others - even if they’re there with you. You feel detached from others
because you must be regimented in everything you do.

Has your quest to have more self-discipline crossed over to become a serious problem of
being too controlled to the point that you cannot be yourself, feel stressed out all the time,
and cannot make decisions due to being so risk-averse? If this happens, it’s time to get back
to normal self-discipline. The point is to learn to retrain yourself now so that you can meet
long-term goals in work and in life - not to end up miserable.

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How Self-Discipline Benefits You Socially

How Self-Discipline Benefits You Socially

So many people have a misconception about self-disciplined people. They think that they’re
sticks in the mud and aren’t fun to be around. However, nothing could be further from the
truth. People who are self-disciplined tend to be more attractive socially because they’re
usually in a better mood and truly ready to be social.

Here are several reasons why being self-disciplined benefits you socially:

* People Trust You – Because you have a reputation of doing what you say you’ll do,
people tend to trust you more. When people trust you more, they want to be closer to you
and do more things with you. They can be themselves, and that means a lot to people.

* Your Relationships Will Be Stronger – Because you are so accountable, and not
moody or hard to get along with, your relationships will be a lot stronger. People really feel
calmer around those who get things done and stick to what they think is right.

* You’ll Appear More Confident – Mostly you’ll really be more confident. Being self-disciplined rubs off in all aspects of your life and makes you feel better about yourself and
your abilities. Plus, when you’re not making excuses why you didn’t do something, you have
more time to feel good about yourself.

* Your Happiness Makes You More Attractive – Not physically, perhaps, but
when you are calm, happy, and have less drama and stress in your life you tend to look better,
smile more, and people will rate you as more attractive. Look at past family photos, and you
can probably pick out the pictures where you look more relaxed compared to more stressed.

* You’ll Have More Time – Everyone is given the same number of hours in a day, but
a self-disciplined person is better at managing that time. When you do the work you’re
supposed to do on a schedule instead of waiting for motivation to happen, you tend to feel as
if you have a lot more free time.

* You Won’t Fall for Temptation – People who have strong self-discipline tend not
to fall for temptation. Why? Well, they know that on Friday night they get to have that piece
of pie, so why have it on Wednesday? They can wait because they know that the compound
effect of making the right choice more often than making the wrong choice pays off.

* You Can Relax and Enjoy Social Time – If you’re not thinking of work when
you’re off work, you can enjoy your social time more. If you spent your day at work
procrastinating instead, you might even have to miss social time.

When you are self-disciplined, you can enjoy your social time a lot more because you’re not
going to think about everything you’ve left undone. You stick to your calendar and get things
done so that when you do have time to be social, you can be social without worry. Your
friends and family will appreciate that and feel more loved. When people feel more loved,
they are happier, and the relationships will be stronger.

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How Self-Discipline Benefits You at Work and When You Study

How Self-Discipline Benefits You at Work and When You Study

Out of everything you learned as a kid growing up, self-discipline is probably one of the most
vital skills. If you have learned this lesson, you’ll reap the benefits your entire life by reaching
for and meeting your goals more easily. Plus, you will be living your life at full blast because
you won’t have as much stress.

1. You Won’t Be Impulsive – When you are able to control your own impulses, you
tend to make much better decisions because you’re willing to stop and think before doing so.
That means you’ll have fewer things to be sorry about at work or school. You won’t skip
studying to go out and party; you won’t quit working on a project to hang out with friends;
and you will get things done because you won’t create unneeded drama caused by

2. You Know Your Priorities – A self-disciplined person is very aware of the priorities
they have each day. They are prepared and look over everything in plenty of time to arrange
their day to meet those priorities.

3. You Will Meet Your Obligations – Let’s be clear. Meeting obligations feels good.
It’s not a downer or a drag on your life. When you follow through and do something at work
or school (or life) that is important, it feels good, and you want to do it again.

4. Reduces Procrastination – Procrastination is really a symptom of a larger problem
- usually a lack of confidence in skills, imposter syndrome, or fear of success. When you have
self-discipline, you tend to make a schedule that doesn’t consider your mood or anything but
getting it done and done right.

5. You Don’t Need Passion to Finish Projects – One of the biggest myths of life
is that you should work or do things when you feel like it. When the passion strikes is the time
to work according to many. However, this is not a good plan. You’re not going to feel passion
every single day. When you have self-discipline, you tend to get it done regardless of your
thoughts and feelings.

6. You’ll Be Much Healthier – Due to not eating everything you see, not avoiding
exercise, and working hard instead of avoiding work (which is actually stressful), you’re going
to be much healthier. You’ll feel better physically and mentally because you’re making better

7. You Have Better Relationships – When you are not just saying whatever comes
to your mind, and when you’re not selfish but are there for your friends and family, you’re
going to have better relationships. People know they can count on you.

8. You’ll Sleep Better – When you get up at a normal time each day, go to bed at a
normal time each night, and eat right most days - as well as do what you say you’ll do - you’ll
probably sleep a lot better every night.

9. You’ll Feel Less Guilt – When you follow through in life - whether it’s something you
promised to yourself or someone else, you feel less guilt. You won’t have any reason to feel
guilty due to your good choices.

When you have self-discipline, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t a fun person or that you can't
be spontaneous. It simply means that you are reliant on yourself, trust yourself, and show this
by doing what you promise yourself and others that you will do.

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Eight Examples of Good Self-Discipline

Eight Examples of Good Self-Discipline

To be self-disciplined, you need to be able to motivate yourself to meet the goals that you set
for yourself. You don’t need anyone’s outside help to get done what needs to get done. You
do what you said you would - whether that was said to yourself or someone else, and even if
you don’t feel like it. To get a bigger understanding of what self-discipline is, let’s look at some

1. Wake Up on Time – The ability to get yourself up before work, get properly dressed,
fed, exercised and out the door on time to get to work is a trait of self-discipline. Sure, if
you’re late enough, you may get fired, so there is some outside push there. However, for
most people, it’s simply self-discipline that gets them going each day.

2. Act Respectfully Toward Others – Everyone has thoughts in their head about
people they meet during the day. That person who cut you off? That person who is walking
too slowly in the store when you’re in a hurry? With good self-discipline you will still be
respectful toward everyone regardless of your feelings, hunger, or mood at the time.

3. Eat Healthily – There are so many things out there to eat that aren’t good. A person
who chooses to eat healthily 80 to 90 percent of the time is demonstrating excellent selfdiscipline by saying no today to short-term pleasure in exchange for being healthier long

4. Daily Exercise – Some people really do love exercise and get a true "high" or addiction
off it. But most of us don’t. A person who goes ahead and does their exercise anyway each
day because they have goals is showing how self-disciplined they are.4
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5. Meet Deadlines – Sometimes you’ll see the words "self-starter" in a job description,
but what they really want is a person who is self-disciplined enough to make and meet
deadlines without a lot of outside influence.

6. Avoid Temptation – A truly self-disciplined person doesn’t allow temptation to be a
factor in their lives because they work to avoid it. If they're tempted by donuts, they don’t
walk into a donut shop. If they want to save money, they get it taken out of their paycheck;
they’re never tempted to spend it since they don’t see it.

7. Follow Through – A self-disciplined person tends to do what they say they’ll do. They
have follow-through. If they say they’ll get done on Friday, they will do what they can to get
done on Friday without anyone reminding them.

8. Create Good Habits – A person with self-discipline knows that the best way to stick
to any goal is to create good habits surrounding that goal. For example, a person who has the
goal to get up an hour earlier to go to the gym knows that it’s going to be only willpower the
first month, then after that, a habit will be created.

Self-discipline doesn’t mean that a person never has fun. The ability to let go of weakness and
do what you know is right is the best example of self-discipline. It doesn’t matter if you’re at
work or at home; being able to control yourself is essential to your happiness and success

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