“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”
Self-Discipline means correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement; the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses (READ- Mental Toughness).
That’s great, we all know we need this to accomplish our goals, but the real question is HOW to we activate self-discipline on a daily basis? There is no secret, it’s about creating a habit of being self-disciplined. Before long, it’ll become part of your nature, and after a few years, it’ll become who you are.
Here’s a tactic that helped me build the habit of self-discipline, I looked at the flip side. The opposite of self-discipline includes: being careless, inattentive, easily distracted (stop looking at your phone when you’re driving….ooops! Sorry), negligent, slack, apathetic, half-hearted (YIKES!! this might be why diets don’t work, they actually do work, we are just half-hearted in working the diet), lukewarm, and without purpose or commitment.
Yup! Self-Control or Self-Discipline all hinges on your commitment to whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. To illustrate commitment, I look at my breakfast plate of eggs and bacon. The chicken is involved, the pig is committed.
If you just listen to the language you use about something, you will locate yourself very quickly. For example, someone invites you to workout with them on Saturday morning at 6 AM. (In this type situation, I use the “trying is lying” rule.) If you tell them, “I’ll try to make it,” you are lying. There is zero commitment, the alarm will most likely not even be set, and if it is, the snooze button will be worn out.
If you hear yourself use language like “level of commitment” or “commitment level”, you also locate yourself. Commitment is like pregnancy, you are or you are not.