Tag Archive for: habits
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?
Change one Thing
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! 😊
Small steps everyday
Stuck in a rut? Feeling a bit flat? Every day just feels the same? Not getting anywhere? Is it Thursday or Friday? Life feels dull & boring?
I’m certain many of us are feeling like that right now. I know, because its been confirmed in many recent coaching conversations!
Yesterday, whilst out on a walk with my daughter, trudging laboriously through the snow to Tesco (a highlight of the day), the underfoot conditions made it very difficult just to even put one foot in front of another at times. Yes, it can be tough! Yet, small steps helped.
So, what can we do about it?
I know there is a great power in establishing good 𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 and 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬. However, right now lets change things around a bit!
There is great power in the old phrase “𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.”
Start by looking for ways to add different experiences to your day and take that first small step and then a few more.
Make some new plans, have some fun, help others, try something new, be spontaneous, call friends, take that walk, volunteer, exercise, journal! Above all – take action! Go and do!
What variety of ideas have you tried recently?
Take a few small steps today!
Its time to polish the car again!
I don’t know about you, but cleaning, hoovering and polishing the car is important to me. There’s nothing worse than a dirty car.
In fact this Saturday morning, will be like many before, I’ll be out polishing soon!
It is not hard to notice when a car needs some tlc. This week I have put a few miles on the clock, however after a little bit of effort and polishing, the car will be shining again, just like new.
In a like manner, it got me thinking about how we are all in need of some tlc. However, I realised too that we are all being polished and refined through our experiences in life.
For example, this week through various coaching sessions, workshops I have facilitated, books I am reading and conversations I’ve had, I am acutely aware of the polishing I have received. I am feeling as if some personal rough edges have been polished, smoothed and perhaps, even in some respects (I hope) starting to shine. Like all of us, I’m a work in progress – and the polishing is very helpful! ”
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials” – Chinese Proverb
How are you being polished?