Self discipline is the ability to take action regardless of your emotional situation. It’s about doing what you know you should do, whether you feel like it or not.
Imagine an impulse hits you. You resist it by making a conscious decision to say no…
Just like wanting that piece of pie in the refrigerator!
You know you aren’t hungry, you know you don’t need it, but………. you either lock up the fridge or you eat it!
You could accomplish so many things if you could follow through.
You always want to, but you just don’t always have the stamina to make it happen.
1. Imagine Being In Control
Imagine being able to control and solve problems in your life. If you have the persistence, or willpower, you don’t have to be a slave to your emotions and reactions.
We all have stamina, but it’s different for each of us. But not all of us have developed self control to the same level.
It’s important to know where you stand in self discipline before you can start a building plan.
Check the list of questions below. These pertain to different areas of your life, such as work, eating habits, and things you experience every day.
What Challenges You?
- – Are you over weight?
- – Is your home neat?
- – When you make a promise, do you keep it?
- – Do you say something even though it’s not important?
- – Do you have goals established?
- – When you come home from work and need a shower, do you take it then?
- – Do you have a planned exercise program?
- – Do you give up your seat to someone elderly or disabled?
- – Are you organized at work?
- – Do you smoke? Could you give up smoking for a day, or a week?
2. Building Self Discipline
What areas do you seem the weakest in? Assess where you stand, pick your weakest area to start. Accept that point to start at. Accept where you are right now. Build on that.
Example: You walk for exercise. You try to walk 4 days a week, but only manage to walk 2 days a week. Challenge yourself to start walking the third day. Once you’re disciplined and doing that, challenge yourself to walk the fourth day.
Be persistent, keep training yourself to meet the next challenge. Set goals, for the small things first. Work your way up to the larger problem areas.
Each time you accomplish a challenge, you gain strength and confidence. You’ll meet the challenges of the short term goals and problems. Then you’ll be able to start setting long term goals.
3. Using Willpower and Persistence
Self discipline takes time, hard work, energy and willpower to accomplish. Willpower is the ability to control and overcome immediate obstacles.
It’s an energy that builds within you and gives you the ability to persist in a challenge or goal.
Persistence is the capability to act regardless of how you feel, even if you feel like quitting.
When you have a goal you really, really want, persistence will take over. It can become its own motivation.
It Didn’t Work
When you’re setting goals, you have to be realistic. The goal also has to fit in with your original focus. Have things changed?
As you grow, you change. What might be right today might not be six months or a year from now. For various reasons your goals can change before they come to fruition.
When you’ve outgrown a goal, or the goal just isn’t what you thought it would be, don’t be afraid to drop it and move on.
As you learn and practice self discipline and willpower, the outer situations become easier to control.
This also affects your inner being. You start enjoying inner peace, happiness and success.
4. Developing “Mind Power”
Our mind power is an important function contributing to situations in our daily life.
We have to choose if positive or negative thoughts will be the power of our thinking.
To change outer conditions, we have to first change our inner conditions.
Our thoughts and beliefs must change, and our conscious mind has to be trained to do this.
We don’t consider this is done every day in simple techniques. We use meditation, imagery and visualization to relieve stress and tension.
Our conscious feeds our subconscious. By planting only positive thoughts in our subconscious, we’ll project positive emotions. Our most often thoughts become stronger and affect our expectations.
5. Negative Thinking – Eliminate It!
Thoughts have real strength. How we think can impact what happens around us. Negative thinking causes failure and leaves us frustrated and unsure of our self.
Counteract the Thought
When you recognize you’re thinking a negative thought, immediately stop it. Replace that thought with a complete positive thought.
Affirmations are simply thoughts or statements that you repeat to yourself. Repeat the thought over and over…as much as it takes to make it a permanent positive thought.
Acknowledge That Thought
When you recognize a negative thought you are thinking, acknowledge it. This makes you aware the thought is negative and helps you reinforce the positive thought.
“Nothing has power over you unless you react to it.”
6. Achieving Mind Power
You know what your goal is and what you want to accomplish. Let’s put the techniques to work.
Get a mental image of your goal using imagery. Use your imagination to see it clearly.
If this is hard to do, get a picture that gives you the image of your goal.
Example: If you’re wanting to buy a home, take a picture of that home. Focus on that image. Visualize your goal.
Talk to people about your goal. Be positive and enthusiastic. Transmit your positive thoughts to others.
Speak to yourself, affirm your goal with positive thoughts. Plant the positive seeds into your subconscious.
Think often about your goal, how it will change your life. Affirm the advantages and benefits of your goal.
Believe in your goal, your dreams and changes you want to make in your life. Practice and practice … it develops your skill to perform mind power.