As we continue to share ideas on the topic of disciplined life today, we have some ideas to help you learn why self-discipline empowers you for your best life. This has been the most important lesson we have learned for ourselves over the past year.
As you know 2020 and now into the early months of 2021 have been challenging. My self-discipline practices have made this year less stressful. Here is why.
Now, you may think that developing discipline is about limitations. This thought has probably been reinforced by previous attempts at changing any bad habits. In my opinion, it can be very empowering to develop a disciplined mindset.
Think back to when you managed to make a change in behaviour that was successful, how did you feel? When you overcome obstacles in your path and accomplish something with consistent work, you feel like you can do anything.
We like to call this getting the WIN. Winning is awesome and when it helps us grow and become a better human that takes like to a new level of success.
Conversely, when you are not self-disciplined, you often do not accomplish your goals and feel like you are not worthwhile. You tend to put yourself down more and in general, have a more negative outlook on life.
This may set you up for health issues, in particular those related to obesity, or have trouble in your relationships with friends and family.
Successful people do not get there just because of luck. They make goals, plan how to achieve them, and then develop the discipline to accomplish those goals and plans. They do fail, they do have obstacles, they may even modify the goals or go in a different direction based on working on those original plans.
If you want to grow in life, you must develop the practice of self-discipline. You may want to get rid of bad habits like smoking, not eating well, or maybe overeating and not exercising.
You may want to form good habits such as exercising, reducing clutter, reading more books, watching less television, or saving money. You can accomplish these habit changes if you focus on one or two at a time and consistently act on those goals over time.
One is best, though if you are trying to get healthier, move better, lose weight for example. Now many people think that if they combine eating and exercise this will help them move forward and it is my experience that this doesn’t work for most people. I suggest that you simply start with an exercise plan that you know you can do consistently and will enjoy it.
Stick with this for 3 months at least 3 times a week. Don’t even change how you eat. Just enjoy getting moving more and you will be surprised by the WINS you will begin to see. At the 3-month mark of your exercise practice, then begin to eat more real organic food cooked in your own kitchen.
Always remember that the biggest obstacle to discipline is not a lack of willpower, but a desire for instant gratification. Especially in modern society, everything seems to be focused on having things done quickly. People eat instant oatmeal or cold cereal instead of having a cooked breakfast. You grab a burger at a fast-food restaurant instead of bringing a healthy lunch to work. Television commercials tell you that you can have this or that right now if you pay by credit card. The problem with that of course is the interest you later have to pay on those purchases.
You can improve things where you are not in debt, are healthy and fit, and have stable relationships, however, it will require giving up instant gratification, and adopting a self-discipline mindset. It will not always be easy, but you will find it quite empowering to achieve your goals for your best life.
We shared ideas on 7 Simple Ways To Master Self-Discipline For Your Best Healthy Life if you are looking for a roadmap to help you begin. https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/7-simple-ways-to-master-self-discipline-for-your-best-healthy-life
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