Self discipline is normally heard in the frame or sentence related to diet, exercise, or in areas where we want to make a change. But for the gain we have to be strong, stay away from the bad stuff, learn through pain and possibly feel a bit miserable. Well it’s not all that bad really.
Discipline is something we all have available to us, but the effects of our success are more complicated that just a little willpower. Self discipline is determined by our beliefs, our commitment to a task, our motivations and our habits.
Our beliefs are driven by our trust, faith and confidence that we will achieve something. If we start up a project or want to target a personal goal but do not have any faith that we will achieve it, there is a high chance of self sabotage along the way. If we say we are going to do something but our commitment is swayed towards the more pleasurable alternatives then the likelihood is we fail. If we have detrimental habits that hinder our outcome, then we need to address those before committing to a task because just like an elastic band, our subconscious mind will always win!
Here are 6 useful steps to help you be more resourceful and self-disciplined for personal transformation:
1. Detrimental habits that have been formed deep in the archives of our unconscious mind will always override our intentions to change something because they are like hardware programs running in the back of a computer. So before making a commitment to something and setting yourself up for a fail, tune in and be realistic about how achievable your end goal is and if any habits need to change first. This is very common with weight loss. People have a desperate intention to lose weight, they make big life changing promises to themselves, follow a painful diet plan, but then either fall off track half way through or put the weight back on again. This is because food habits are emotional and habitual. It’s a long painful struggle to try and change these subconscious programs without professional help, which most weight loss participants know by now!
2. Question your motivation. Is your outcome something you want or are you doing it for someone else? It has to be an intention that comes from you, agreed by you and done at a pace that suits you. If this is the case then work on small manageable goals and you can be more self-disciplined by adding structure to your day.
3. As Stephen Covey says: “always begin with the end in mind”. Know your outcome and plan the best route to take. Decide any small adjustments that need to be made and prepare accordingly.
4. Visualising your outcome will help you to be more focussed and less distracted. If you have a relatively active social life and can’t turn down an invitation, think about how you will feel if you can’t get up the next day to get to the gym or finish that project off!
5. Be aware of any fear. Procrastination is related to pain and with pain comes fear. So what are you fearing about getting the task done? Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of being exposed? Tune in and work through it; ask yourself the question: “what is the worst that can happen”? And then create a solution around it.
Good luck! <3
Caroline Rushforth typically works with professional women who consistently “yo yo” diet and sabotage their personal health goals. Caroline has been on her own transformational journey and empathises with the disappointment and frustration in this area. Since shedding pounds of weight and keeping it off for 6 years , Caroline now helps women to stay strong in their mind so they can make peace with their body, lose weight and have freedom to do more of what they love.
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