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4 Ways to Develop Self-Discipline

Sometimes discipline scares us, but it shouldn’t. Discipline is merely making a conscious decision applied with consistent effort and action towards the decision made.

Maybe the decision is start exercising or cutting back on TV or going to back to school or starting business.

Whatever the decision is, here 4 simple ways you can develop self-discipline:

Take consistent little steps:

The steps to bringing discipline to one’s life are similar to growing up in life; both require consistent small steps.

One cannot achieve success in being disciplined over night.

A lot of people try this overnight method and fail miserably and out of frustration return back to their undisciplined life.

It takes time to develop discipline and one needs to be determined.

You could begin this with the smallest thing possible like exercising for 15 minutes everyday or getting up 10 minutes prior to the time you do now. It could be reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day, even if it is reducing the number by one every week.

It would eventually mean having a single smoke a day and then no smoke at all.

It is a good idea to start with smaller things to move towards discipline. It can be as small as waking up at 5am to do your study or waking up 15 minutes earlier than usual to perform some exercise.

The basic rule is to take smaller steps and try reaching your goal.

Try not to Procrastinate However

It is a good idea to place things on a list and then decide on taking action on achieving these immediately. Try to set a deadline and promise yourself to stick to the plan of action till you achieve the goal. Try to avoid procrastination.

Procrastination makes the path to discipline take longer.

Once you are successful with little goals, it strengthens inner resolve; helps set more goals and helps in achieving them.

Visualize Your Final Achievement for Motivation

Take time to sit and visualize how it would look the goals are achieved and remember it will only be possible if you take these smaller daily steps. If you know what it would take to achieve a particular thing make an outline and take actions to immediately set out to achieve these things.

The visualization process helps you to focus and maintain the goal even if you get distracted with other things.

Get an Accountability Partner

If you could get someone to support your progress, it would definitely help.

It could be a professional mentor, a family member or a friend.

Having an accountability partner has a lot of positives as it is a reminder of how far you’ve come to not best yourself up and to remember how far or how close you have to go to not let up nor give up.


Discipline is important to have especially with enduring the race to accomplishing anything.

It is not run by the swift but to those who are determined to keep going to remain disciplined.

With these steps in mind, you can master anything you set yourself out to do and when you do, you embrace possibilities!


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