In this blog, I will be discussing 4 ways you can improve your self-discipline when completing any project to make sure you get your desired outcome. Sounds good? Well, here goes:
What is self-discipline?
Self-discipline is the ability to do what you should be doing. Self-discipline often involves controlling your impulses and overcoming your emotional mind by moving forward with physical action.
Developing self-discipline can help you achieve your long-term goals, reduce stress, improve physical health, have a positive effect on relationships, become a more resilient person and yes, even feel happier.
Many times when starting out on a new project, you may feel fearful or overwhelmed, which often leads to procrastination, pushing the deadline and making the feelings worse by dragging them on. To fight that, here are 4 ways you can improve your self-discipline and ensure you maintain your focus to finish any project:
1. Set Goals
Setting goals is the first thing. Even though it feels like a pain, it’s a necessary step. The key is to start with the smaller goals, ones you know you can achieve. This breaks down the daunting project into smaller, more manageable ones that are less intimidating. These goals must be:
- Specific (i.e. do sit-ups instead of simply working out)
- Measurable (i.e. do a specific number of sit-ups)
- Attainable (i.e. choose something possible)
- Realistic (i.e. 10 instead of 100 to get started)
- Timebound (i.e. each week instead of “at all”)
You must also write them down. If not written down, they are just an idea, not a goal. When one goal is achieved, go to the next and keep going.
2. Find Motivation
How motivated are you? How important is this project to you? How will your life be improved when you’re done and how great will that feel? Imagine yourself feeling that way. Motivation matters and keeping that motivation alive is an essential part. Try using mantras and affirmations, visualizing positive outcomes. Find inspirational quotes of self-discipline and post them everywhere, so you can be reminded of your goals.
3. Forgive Yourself
Being more disciplined also requires that you forgive your own shortcomings. Even with the best intentions, you will sometimes fall short or even fail, but the idea is to be resilient and keep moving forward. Learn from your mistakes and continue your work with more knowledge. Persistence is the key!
4. Celebrate Progress
Any progress is good progress. A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, and it’s important to recognize how far you’ve come at each step of the way, and to reward yourself when you do, saving the best for last when you’re finally completed it.
So you want your good habits to stick? Studies show rewarding yourself is key. Upon finishing a project, reward yourself. Give yourself a treat to celebrate a job well done: whether a nice dinner or a new pair of shoes — you will feel energized, restored, and proud.
Well there you have it. 4 ways to help you improve your self-discipline when it comes to completing any project successfully. Are there projects you have been putting off for one reason or another? Try incorporating these mindsets into your routine and let us know in the comments how they worked for you! Explore our YouTube Video on Self Discipline!
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