To develop self-discipline, it requires some work. We are not born with it; we must cultivate it and maintain it. One of the hardest things is maintaining discipline over a lifetime. We all know that person that wakes at 5am every morning to workout, get their kids ready for school, work all day, make dinner, clean house and still find time to spend with family, friends, and somehow read a book a week. Any one of us could do this or a week. But how do these people continue to do this, day in, day out. It sounds exhausting. But, when you learn how to maintain this, it is energizing, not the other way around. Their discipline cultivates even more discipline and it’s an ingrained habit.
Here are the steps to creating bullet-proof self-discipline:
STEP ONE: Know your strengths and weaknesses.
STEP TWO: Remove temptations.
STEP THREE: Set clear goals and have an execution plan.
STEP FOUR: Practice daily diligence.
STEP FIVE: Create new habits and rituals.
STEP SIX: Change your perception about willpower.
STEP SEVEN: Give yourself a backup plan.
STEP EIGHT: Find trusted coaches and mentors.
STEP EIGHT: Forgive yourself and move forward.
Week 1 Challenge
Week 1, Challenge 1: Know your strength and weaknesses. List your top three strengths that may help you with your worst three weaknesses.
E.g., if you are an early riser, and have no problem getting up early, use this time to do the things you avoid doing exercising, reading, cleaning house, studying etc.
Written by Kumar Bandyo