“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments”- Jim Rohn
You promised yourself, everything will change.
You will get up early in the morning for a two-mile run 3 times a week.
Today like every other day since you made that decision, the best you could do is stretch to hit the snooze button.
You have read all the books on goal setting. You have even spent time online watching video clips on the subject.
However your reality is that every year the same goals seem to top your list.
You may have mastered how to set goals, but setting goals is one thing, accomplishing them is another.
“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through”- Zig Ziglar
Discipline is an attribute anyone can develop and is key to accomplishing goals.
If you are wondering how to develop discipline, then you are reading the right article.
The tips below describes how to develop discipline.
- Have a clear vision:
You want to develop discipline but discipline for what?
You need clarity on what you want to develop discipline for. Discipline to accomplish a specific goal, discipline to turn your life around.
For instance, you may be tired of how you look and desire to lose some weight. Create a vision of your desired weight before you.
This simple step creates the energy you need to get started. List the steps needed to achieve your desired weight.
Looking through the steps you have, you know what you need to be disciplined about. Now that you are motivated to get started how do you stay motivated?
- Keep Why You Want To Accomplish The Goal in Mind:
Ask yourself why you want to accomplish the goal, make a list. This will keep you motivated enough to stay with your routine even when it is very difficult.
Someone trying to lose weight, may think about the health issues that can be avoided by losing weight. Also, the effects of losing weight on lifestyle, energy levels and activities that can be engaged in can be motivating.
- Never Allow Your Feelings To Rule:
Be determined to be in charge no matter what. If you go by how you feel you will never get anything done. So don’t allow your feelings to rule.
On mornings that you do not feel like getting up for your morning workout.
Let your body know who is in charge and get up to get things done anyway.
Initially this may be tough but you will find out it gets easier with every passing day
- Change What You Give Attention To:
What you feed your mind with matters.
Carefully look through what you read or watch and remove items that does not add value to your goals.
If you are trying to stay away from certain foods, don’t spend most of your day watching video clips describing different ways to prepare such foods.
Stay informed and learn different ways to accomplish what you desire in a shorter time.
- Develop a new habit:
It is often said that if you can commit to doing something for 21 days you can develop a new habit.
Look to develop habits that add value to you, in the process you are developing discipline as well. Developing a habit takes consistently doing a particular activity day after day.
Simple habits such as planning your day ahead and staying with the plan can be done by anyone who can commit to it.
- Stay Focused:
No matter what you are trying to accomplish there will be difficult days.
It is important to stay focused and committed to your goals. Developing discipline is not an exception. If you are committed to it, you can accomplish it. Anytime you feel like giving up, remember why you started the journey in the first place.
Think through your life and decide to step things up by enhancing your productivity in strategic ways.
“Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure”-. Gary Ryan Blair
This post was originally published on everyday power blog as a guest post