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Developing Your Discipline

Having full control over your life starts with having full control over yourself. When you want to create a future that is defined by you, and you alone, the ability to discipline yourself is crucial. Without self-discipline, all the routines and healthy habits required to create success will be that much harder to maintain. If you think maintaining those habits is hard without restraint, just wait until something tempts or distracts you! Then you’ll be thrown completely off course, and it’ll be hard to return to your previous path. 

Start designing a future by you and for you, by developing your level of personal discipline. When you’re able to turn away from distraction and temptation, and really power forward toward your goals, you’ll become unstoppable.

Turn Away from Distractions

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We all have elements of our lives that distract us. Being able to ignore those distractions and maintain focus is often difficult, but it’s a big part of exercising self-discipline. You can either eliminate your distractions, minimize them, or allow them to stay in your life and really test the limits of your self-control. But it’s okay to remove them until you’ve increased your willpower.  

To get rid of distractions, start by pinning down exactly what your biggest distractions are. Here is a list of common distractions that slow down or stop people’s productivity and progress:

  • Cell phones (texts, calls, emails, notifications, social media scrolling, etc.) 
  • “Multitasking” (it’s not as efficient as you think.)
  • Meetings that could be shortened 
  • People (those who “don’t have anything to do” so they come to you) 
  • Monotonous work (like answering e-mails)

Although this is a short list, we’re sure that the first bullet point alone resonates with you to some extent. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to minimize the distractions that come from your cell phone, and most of them involve changing your notification preferences. But, if you’ve gotten into the habit of checking your phone, even when you haven’t received a notification, it may be time to try something besides silencing the buzzes and beeps. Put your phone away. Lock it in your car, leave it in your bag, or stow it away in your desk drawer. 

As for the other distractions, consider how you want to get rid of them. Multitasking can simply be stopped. Focus on one task at a time. You can cut down on meeting times by making sure that you’ve come prepared and encouraging others to do the same. When it comes to people who distract you, don’t be afraid to tell them that you’re too busy to chat. Be nice about it and make sure they understand that you have goals and deadlines. Finally, look for ways to make your monotonous work … not. Turn it into something interesting or delegate it to someone else.

Think Big, Start Small

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After you’ve minimized your distractions, you can start planning for what you want to accomplish. We highly encourage you to look at the big picture when setting your goals. This doesn’t mean that you need to set massive goals, but it does mean that even your smallest goals should be relevant to the big picture you’re envisioning. 

If your end goal is to obtain more clients, then your small goals may include:

  • Meeting new people 
  • Creating a marketing strategy 
  • Setting a specific number of clients to gain per month 
  • Developing your communication skills

These small goals will not only help you establish relationships with new clients, but they’ll help you solidify your relationships with current ones, too! 

No matter what you envision for your future, setting realistic and achievable goals will help you make the vision a reality. In addition to bringing your future to fruition, sticking to your goals also increases your ability to self-discipline over time. Set yourself some goals and deadlines and go for it!

Rewards and Regrets

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Another principle to keep in mind while boosting your self-discipline is incentives. When you accomplish something that you set out to complete, reward yourself for the hard work and dedication. Incentives reinforce the good behavior and habits that lead to your accomplishments. Although sometimes the accomplishment is reward enough!  

It’s also good to remind yourself that if you don’t complete the tasks or goals that you set out to complete, you may end up regretting it. Instead of living with regret, give every task your full effort, and you will find satisfaction, even if you don’t succeed every time. Your fulfillment will ultimately come from the feeling of finishing a hard day’s work.

That’s Not All!

Whether these steps seem too simple or too difficult, we highly encourage you to take them and start gaining control over your life by gaining control over yourself. If you’re looking for more ways to develop discipline in your life, check out this article. Whatever you decide to do to increase your self-discipline, we wish you the best of luck in taking control of your future!