Discipline is Empowering
You may think that developing discipline is about limitations. This thought has probably been reinforced by previous attempts at changing your bad habits. Actually, it can be very empowering to develop discipline.
Think back to when you managed to make a change in behavior that was successful – how did you feel? When you overcome obstacles in your path, and accomplished something with consistent work, did you feel like you can do anything?
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. You may set yourself 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 succeed, you need self-discipline. You may want to get rid of bad habits like procrastinating, comparing yourself to others, or allowing your past to affect you.
You may want to form good habits, such as getting to bed and waking up at the same time, 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 to start so that it doesn’t activate your fear center, which can prevent you from moving forward. Starting small stays the course so that you can add others and continue on.
The biggest obstacle to discipline is not lack of willpower, but a desire for instant gratification. We live in a society of having everything bigger, better, faster, NOW.
People eat instant oatmeal or cold cereal instead of having a cooked breakfast, or grab a burger through the drive-through 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. And the list can go on.
In business, you hear promotions of ‘just do this…and you can make this much money.’ The internet has made it so easy to promote and grow a business which may turn out to no be as easy as it is made out to be.
Nothing comes without work – consistent work, which means developing discipline to do the work daily. You can improve things but it will require giving up instant gratification, and adopting self- discipline. It will not always be easy, but you will find it quite empowering to achieve your goals for a better business and life. The end-result will be worth it.