Do you want a Superpower? Something which is better than flying high with a cape or running faster than the train. In fact, a superpower which is even better than predicting your own future. Yes, it exists. And it is called Self-discipline!
What is Self-discipline?
Self-discipline is a superpower that not only predicts your future, but also helps in transforming it into a reality. It is a bridge that’ll take you from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future.
A famous quote from Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility” holds true in the case of self-discipline. It isn’t easy to be disciplined. But it is profitable and healthy. Being self-disciplined requires small sacrifices if you want bigger benefits in the future.
For instance, you have to avoid that one slice of Pizza on your cheat day. You have to resist from hitting “snooze” when the alarm hits at 6:00 a.m. You have to stop yourself from texting that toxic person who broke your heart. All these temptations are stopping you from being a better version of yourself.
I know it sounds tough and boring. You may be thinking there’s no harm in making small exceptions. But, you must have noticed that you often fail to control all these temptations. This is where the self-discipline kicks in to save the day.
Why is Self-discipline Necessary?
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” If you can focus on what you want the most, you’ll understand that most of the daily temptations are nothing but hurdles in your ultimate goal.
I’ve heard people debating on the importance of self-discipline as if it’s just an option or a choice. No, it isn’t an option. Self-discipline is a necessity if you want to make the best out of the limited time you have.
I am sharing below the points explaining why self-discipline is necessary in your life.
1. It will help you focus
The most efficient way to get what you want is by developing a sharp focus that’ll act as a catalyst for your success. In the world full of distractions, self-discipline will help you stay focused on your goal by avoiding distractions.
2. It will teach you how to say No
There are many situations where you want to say NO, but you just couldn’t do it. It might be peer pressure, emotional pressure or social pressure. Fortunately, self-discipline will allow you to stick to your decision and take a stand for yourself.
3. It will help you raise the bar
4. It will create respect
We all admire those who’re willing to make their life better and have long term plans and goals set up in their mind. If you’re disciplined, focused and driven, people will automatically start respecting you.
5. It will increase your confidence
When you are self-disciplined, you’ll develop a respect for yourself. Self-respect will give you confidence when you’ll talk to friends and colleagues. This will highlight your positivity at work as well as among your family and friends.
6. It will get sh*t done
Emotions play a big role in what we do. No matter how much you love to read, write, sing or dance, sometimes you don’t feel like doing it. Self-discipline will develop a habit that’ll help you bypass your emotions to get important things done even when you don’t want to do them.
7. It will make you a valuable asset
We all love to have someone to depend on. If you’re disciplined, people will know that you can be trusted to do a job, or they can rely on you for getting things done. It’ll also improve your chances of getting promoted at the workplace.
8. It will give you freedom
When you’re self-disciplined, you keep everything organized and planned. Due to this, you do not have to worry about pending tasks and you won’t waste time daydreaming about potential plans. Therefore, you’ll get enough free time to do whatever you want to do.
9. It will ensure you make progress
We tend to procrastinate things as much as we can. Self-discipline kicks the procrastination straight out of the window. If you’ll develop a habit to give time and attention to your goal, you’ll start making progress for sure.
10. It will help you become responsible
Once you start planning before taking action, you also start taking responsibility for your actions. Self-discipline will ensure that all your actions would be well-planned.
How to Develop Self-discipline?
Your willpower is the ability that keeps you disciplined. However, it is a finite resource and you can’t simply rely on it. That is why you have to develop the self-discipline so that the lack of willpower won’t invite procrastination or doubt.
Here are the 5 simple yet effective ways to develop self-discipline that’ll make you the best version of yourself.
1. Get out of your comfort zone
Think about all those important things you’ve given up just because of a little discomfort. If you want to be disciplined, you need to practice being uncomfortable.
Take a cold shower, ask your crush out, apply for those leaves you’re planning, bargain for a discount at mart. What would be the worst outcome? A small itch, a temporary rejection, or a little embarrassment. But if you’ll succeed, I don’t need to remind you of the reward which would be much bigger.
2. Learn to make a habit
Start with something small and stick to it. For example, waking up early, meditating for only 15 minutes, or going out for a morning walk. Stick to the schedule and do it daily without any exception.
To make it easier for yourself, choose something you’re confident about. Once your tolerance increases, you’ll be able to set up the big goals like exercising daily and planning your diet chart.
3. Get rid of temptations
You’ll need to understand the triggers that are stopping you from being self-disciplined. For example, you can’t plan a healthy diet if your refrigerator is full of cheesecakes and pints of beer.
Self-control is easy when you don’t have distractions around you. Make a list of things that are moving you away from your goal and get rid of them as soon as possible.
4. Take care of yourself
According to the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, basic needs like food, shelter, warmth and rest comes before your psychological and self-fulfilment needs.
You must take care of your basic needs if you would like to be self-disciplined and achieve big in the future. Eat healthy and stay hydrated, do sufficient exercise and get enough sleep to keep yourself fit and ready.
5. Monitor your progress
It’s important to track your progress and check how far you’ve reached. Make a checklist on an app or keep a calendar to mark your daily routine.
Self-monitoring gives you confidence and makes it easier for you to track down your weaknesses and opportunity areas. Once you find out your weakness, it’ll be much easier to tackle it.
Remember, self-discipline is not a day’s or a month’s process. It will take time to develop. Have faith in yourself and do not compare your progress with others. You’ll definitely achieve your goals at the right time if you’re willing to work hard for them.
As quoted by one of the greatest minds in history, Nikola Tesla, “I could only achieve success in my life through self-discipline, and I applied it until my wish and my will became one.”
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