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Recently I was asked; “How do I improve my self-discipline?”
It requires time and effort on your part.
It also requires the development of daily habits by reminding yourself often why you need this ability and how it will help you achieve your goals in life.
Remember the little poem…
Stick to your task, till it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders few.
Honour, power, place and praise will come, in time, to the one who stays.
Stick to your task, till it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it, too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories after a while. (Anonymous)
Focus and self-discipline are the foundations for producing truly amazing results and performance.
Plato said: “The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile.”
Consider these ideas…
- Set clear goals.
- Start small.
- Learn how to say no.
- Know where you will struggle and where you succeed.
- Find a way to monitor your progress – create a to do list.
- Encourage yourself to stick to your plan, a partner can help too!
- Get rid of your distractions.
- Forgive yourself when you fail – begin again!
- Keep a journal.
- Practice, repeat, practice, repeat.
The path may be tough, but the results are amazing.
The pain you feel today, will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
It starts with you – begin now!
Why do you think self-discipline is important to your progress and happiness?
“Don’t just do something, sit there!”- is a phrase I have stumbled across several times recently.
It’s extremely difficult NOT to do something these days. In the frenetic pace of life, whether it is a work task, an urgent assignment, homework, something needs fixing, the school run – taking time to “sit there” and think, rarely (if ever) tops the list of things to do.
We think far too seldomly. Conversely, we tell ourselves not to think, by saying “don’t just sit there, do something!” In several coaching sessions and workshops recently, this theme has been a topic of some healthy conversation. Ultimately, our discussion peaks at the realisation that we need to think, before we act. The lesson is that we need to put the thinking in before the doing.
In my own life, there have been many times that I have felt a bit harried, time poor and harassed. Then, some years ago, I decided and chose to change. I realised that I needed to simply “sit there” for a while every day and declutter my noisy mind. As an early riser, the first hour of every day is my precious contemplation time. Those 60 minutes of thought and study are a daily gift to myself.
A little time set aside daily to think about what really matters makes all the difference.
When will you “sit there?”
In my quest to refresh my Dutch language skills for an up and coming assignment in the Netherlands, I hit a significant milestone today on Duolingo…a 💯 day streak!
What we do consistently can and does shape our lives.
What makes the difference in our lives is not the speed or rapidity with which we move, but the steady, deliberate progress we make. Developing the habit of consistency isn’t about obtaining quick results, rather it’s about making incremental progress and improvements over an extended period of time.
As I embark every day, to set aside a few minutes to focus on my specific Dutch language goals, it has really helped me to progress, move forward and build some momentum. I love the Duolingo app too, as it really helps me to monitor and measure my progress towards my goal.
Yard by yard, its hard, yet inch by inch, its a cinch!
Building strong consistent daily actions, creates consistent results. How can you be more #consistent?
Starting on my next 💯 today! 😊
When under 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞, I think I am a little strange, I seem to actually enjoy it! Is there something weird going on in my head?
Everyone has to deal with pressure, personally and professionally. Recently I have witnessed a surge in my workload. New clients bring their hopes, expectations and demands all at the same time! And yet, I actually love it! Maybe I am just downright weird?! Admittedly, as the years are passing by, I do get a little more tired and I am prone to nod off every now and again!
Over the years, I’ve learned a few lessons about dealing with pressure. I’d like to share my top tips.
– Have fun, be creative and take control.
– The imagined catastrophe in your head – never happens!
– Break tasks down and focus on one thing at a time.
– Slow down.
– Simplify, simplify, oh and yes – simplify!
Lastly, look after yourself. Spend time with family and friends, eat fresh healthy food (most of the time!), drink lots of water, sleep, take breaks, set aside time for exercise, go for walks and breathe the fresh air. Be spontaneous!
Like you, I am still learning, the key is to enjoy the journey and find happiness along the way.
Look out for the pressure rising again, just remember who you are and take control!