“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” – Maxwell Maltz”
One of the most important attributes to becoming successful is self-discipline.
It helps you stay focused on reaching your goals, gives you the resourcefulness to stick with difficult tasks that you don’t want to do, and allows you to overcome obstacles and discomfort as you push yourself to new heights.
Self-discipline will help you push forward to create new habits, and once formed, those habits become natural and you learn to find the passion in those new habits, and self-discipline will then fade and be replaced by enjoyment.
What exactly is self-discipline?
It’s the ability to control your impulses, emotions, reactions and behaviours; it allows you to forego short-term gratification in favour of long-term satisfaction and gain.
It’s saying “no” when you really want to say “yes.” It’s saying “yes” when you really want to say “no”.
It’s difficult to be self-disciplined in all areas of your life, so rather than attempting to be disciplined in all you do, use your limited daily energy supply to focus on what’s most important.
This is why we stick to changing two things at a time.
Want to be more disciplined?
You can’t achieve your goals without discipline, so complement your daily action steps with self-discipline tasks; it will keep you focused on the behaviours needed to achieve what you want and build up consistency.
For example, one of your goals might be to become more visible to your customers. Your discipline task could include things like “call three customers per week” and “send five thank you cards per month.”
Do these things without fail and you build up the mental muscles needed be resilient and mentally strong.
Don’t wait for tomorrow; do it now.
Fall off the wagon? Start over immediately.
Quit telling yourself something is too hard or that you can’t change. Don’t blame other people for your circumstances. Excuse-making is the killer of self-discipline. Achieve more by adopting an “I can do this” mindset.
Back it up by changing your physiology and state when you need to make important decisions.
Decisions and thoughts change depending on your mood.
If you put yourself into a peak state, and by changing your posture and breathing, you are more likely to make the right choices.
You are the master of your destiny, the creator of your life.
If you want your destiny to look and feel a certain way, then you must develop the discipline to get there.
While it seems counter intuitive, you will find yourself happier, healthier and create more freedom in your life, the more self-disciplined you become.