Recent studies have shown that people with self-discipline tend to be happier. This is because people who have self-control spend less time debating whether they should indulge in behaviours that are detrimental or are better able to make confident decisions more efficiently. Rather than letting their feelings or impulses dictate their choices, they can make reasonable decisions, resulting in feeling more satisfied with their lives. If you want to take control of your habits and master self-discipline, here are six things you can start to do today.
1. Know Your Weaknesses
Everyone has weaknesses. To improve your self-discipline, you have to acknowledge your shortcomings, whatever they might be. Too often people will either pretend that they don't have any vulnerabilities, or they will try to cover up their weaknesses. You can overcome your flaws until you can own up to them.
2. Reason to be discipline
If you are a student and have to study with discipline, clearly list out the benefits of the study, for example, the study will give you knowledge that can help you in your future career. If you are an adult who needs to wake up early to work, tell yourself that work is essential to support your living. With all these benefits in your mind, you can keep reminding yourself that why you have to be disciplined and give you a sense of motivation to be disciplined.
3. Set a timetable and have a Plan of Execution
Set a timetable for your daily routines. You have to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish daily, for example, you may set the number of tasks to be completed or chapters of a book to be read. If you don’t know where you are going, it is easy to become sidetracked and lose your way. A clear plan will outline each of the steps that you must take to reach your daily target. Use a great planner to help you plan!
4. Create New Habits
Instilling a new habit and acquiring self-discipline in the process can feel daunting, especially if you focus entirely on the task at hand. Break your goal into small, doable steps to keep from feeling intimidated. Rather than trying to change everything at once, focus on doing one thing consistently.
5. Build Your Self-Discipline
Self-discipline is a learned behaviour. Just like any other skill, if you want to master self-discipline, you have to practice it daily. The effort and focus it takes to become self-disciplined can be incredibly draining. So, you need to work on your self-control through daily diligence.
6. Change Your Perception about Willpower
According to a recent study conducted by Stanford University, the amount of willpower someone has is predetermined by their beliefs. If you believe that you have a limited amount of willpower, chances are you will never surpass those limits. If you can remove this mental obstacle and think that you can do it, you will gain an extra boost of motivation for reaching your goals.
Remember this: Self-discipline is the foundation for lots of things, including career or study. So, please train yourself to be disciplined to accomplish a better life!
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