What is Self-Discipline?
According to Samuel Thomas Davies,
“Self-discipline is about Learning into resistance. Taking action in spite of how you feel. Living a life by design, not by default. But most importantly, it is acting in accordance with your thoughts – not your feelings.”
1. Focus On Identity
When you’re trying to change your behavior, forget about the goal you’re trying to achieve the external outcomes and instead focus on the change in identity you want to happen.
This concept is taken from Atomic Habits Book written by James Clear’s.
This is a highly recommended book that everyone reads.
There is a passage near the beginning of the book that really encapsulates it well.
So just let me tell you if you did not read this book yet.
Imagine two people resisting a cigarette,
When offered smoke,
The first person says,
“No thanks, I’m trying to quit.”
It sounds like a reasonable response,
But this person still believes they are a smoker who’s trying to be something else.
They are hoping that their behavior will change while carrying around the same beliefs.
The second person declines by saying,
No thanks, I’m not a smoker.”
It’s a small difference, but the statement is signals a shift in identity.
Smoking was their part of their formal life, not their current one.
They no longer identify someone who smokes.
So the general idea here is that once you embraced a change in your identity,
You’re going to find yourself acting in alignment with that change.
Self-discipline is only possible if you have a powerful mindset that you have created to accomplish
If you want to become an actor then you have to start thinking as an actor yourself.
This will really help you to live your life what you wanted to live like.
2. Create Reminder
This strategy helps many people to achieve their goals.
Always frequently remind yourself of why you’re being disciplined in the first place.
At the end of the day, we have to have strong why for our actions if we want to do them consistently.
I have read a story about Jim Carrey and it goes like this,
“After he had arrived in Hollywood and he was still kind of an impoverished actor.
One day he took out a napkin and he drew himself check made out to himself for $10 million,
And postdated for 10 years in the future and then he put that check in his wallet, so that when every time he’d bring out this wallet.
He could see it and remind himself of why he was working so hard,
What he was working towards.”
And this is something that you might find very helpful to do as well.
Try writing down your goal or identity you wanna assume and put it may be on a sticky note next to your desk or by your computer.
So you can see it every single day and know that this is why I’m building my self-discipline,
this is the reason for all the work I’m putting in.
3. Embrace The Suck
Find the way to embrace discomfort and embrace the resistance you feel towards doing something
That takes hard work or that’s unpleasant.
If you are still in the comfort zone, then this is the right time to feel the embrace of something that keeps you in the comfort zone.
No one will help you to get out of the comfort zone, only self-discipline is one that can help to step out of the comfort zone.
Because self-discipline skill that can be learned, it is a muscle that can be built over time.
That makes you better at doing so in the future regardless of the task is.
So, as you go through your daily life, find ways to embrace discomfort.
4. Target The Fundamental
Fundamental means the biological necessities of life, your sleep, your nutrition, and your exercise habits.
This is all crucial to pay attention because part of your brain that handles executive functioning, the part that regulates your desires and your impulses, requires a lot of energy and regular rest to function at peak levels.
Remember one thing if your input is high then ultimately your output will also high.
That why you need to target all the fundamental elements that help to work efficiently.
Like if you haven’t gotten enough exercise regularly, or your diet is crap, that is where you should focus your discipline first.
5. Practice ZAZEN Meditation
Most people hate doing meditation including me but there is a proven reason that has been shown scientifically to help people improve their levels of self-discipline.
In fact, a 2013 study at Stanford University showed that people who went through compassion training, which was a specific meditation program, they were better able to regulate their emotions afterward.
And this is crucial for remaining disciplined and being able to make rational decisions.
ZAZEN meditation is the most powerful meditation in which we simply sit and focus on the breathing In and Out with closing your eyes.
This is one of the self-development practices used by successful people.
6. Build Some Habits
Building new habits is a kind of a separate discipline in the overall pursuit of changing your behavioral.
But, the initial stages of building a new habit often require self-discipline because the behavior isn’t automatic yet.
So this can be a great way to, not only established new habits but become more disciplined in the process.
7. Start Small
There are many great ideas and goals all we have and Key to working towards them is to start small.
We always go for a big one but we don’t fully accomplish it.
Sometimes you procrastinate yourself and get easily distracted from the task.
If you start with a small task, you will finish it within the deadline and you won’t be getting bored.
For example, if we want to lose your fat, you cannot reduce it by doing the exercise once instead you have to divide your work and exercise regularly.
For that, you should eliminate sugary drinks and only drinks water with meals.
Once you have mastered that, eliminate the habit of eating dessert after dinner every night, maybe substitute a serving of fruit instead.
By starting out with smaller steps and celebrating these small victories, you build momentum and confidence to continue moving forward.
8. Practice Daily
By starting small, you should not have a problem practicing your discipline daily.
In doing so you’re building good habits.
Give no excuses, and make it happen!
9. Ramp Up
After you’ve mastered the smaller tasks and built your confidence in your own self-discipline,
It’s time to slowly ramp it up.
Most of the people we have seen struggle with procrastination problem and that’s the major reason for self-discipline.
If you don’t want to go through procrastination situation, you should follow these 9 techniques to come up with self-discipline.
If you have any queries, comment below, it will be my pleasure to hear from you.