We all have the power to be self-disciplined, and maintaining can be somewhat tough.
You probably strive to become your best self every day but it isn’t easy. Trying to kick a bad habit, eat healthier, or exercise can be a struggle. But it is possible to achieve your goals, it just takes a lot of self-discipline. If you want to avoid temptation and reach success, then self-discipline is vital.
There are things you can do to make your goals more achievable, despite the amount of willpower you need.
In order to improve your self-discipline, you need to think about what you hope to achieve and where you see yourself. Visualisation can be a powerful tactic for reaching your goal. Temptation will also arise when achieving your goals, but don’t give in. Create a plan beforehand for what you will do when this happens.
Self-discipline is difficult in this social media-obsessed world, so here are 14 ways to improve your self-discipline.
- Start on Monday
According to researchers, setting a date or event to mark the start of a new regime can make you more likely to follow through on your goals. Research in Psychological Science has shown that we might follow through on a goal if we start on a Monday, rather than Friday. Of course, you’ll need more than a #mondaymotivation, to start on your goals, so read on.
- Pen down your reason for self-discipline
Writing down your reason for self-discipline will help you to focus on higher values than on immediate impulses.
- Visualise your success
Visualisation is a powerful tool. Some studies have shown that if you motivate yourself with the positive effects of your self –control your willpower lasts longer. Many top performers such as Muhammed Ali, Jim Carrey, and Michael Jordan have mastered the technique of positive visualisation.
Muhammed Ali used to visualise his victory long before the actual fight, Jim Carrey used to picture himself being the greatest actor in the world and Michael Jordan always took the last shot in his mind before he ever took one.
- Temptations can arise at any time, so have a plan
“If someone offers me dessert, then I’ll ask for fruit” – this is an example of a self-regulating technique. These types of strategies help you to steer away from temptation and put the focus back on your goals. Temptations can deter you away from your goals, really think about whether it’s worth giving into this temptation. Again, you can use the self-regulating technique to help you keep focused.
- Hide temptations like mobile phones in hard to reach places
Put your phone out of reach – LITERALLY. Placing electronic devices out of sight makes you more likely to resist indulging. If your business requires social media updates, then consider using an app like Buffer, that way you can schedule tweets without distracting yourself.
- Set an alarm for bedtime
Sleep is a very important factor in our productivity. The amount of sleep you need to have will differ to someone else, sleep deprivation can impair the way your prefrontal context works. If you struggle to sleep at night, then consider creating a night time routine, that will allow you to unwind.
- Use visual reminders
Visual reminders can be a great way to remind yourself of your goals. For example, leaving a sticky note in front of your bathroom mirror can help remind you of your goal. Better yet, vision boards is a good way of visualising your goals and they make great visual reminders.