What Are Some Of The Best Ways To Develop Self-Discipline?

Are you looking for ways to develop self discipline in your professional and/or personal lives? The first thing that you need to understand is that in order for a person to garner any type of success in life, they must have a certain mindset. However, it can be extremely difficult for many to develop the skills and shift their mindset to one that is conducive to improved self-discipline.


In other words, it doesn’t matter what your goal is. Whether you are trying to lose a few pounds, become more efficient on the job, learn to play an instrument or even start your own business, understand that there will always be an obstacle that crosses your path. Learning to ‘roll with the punches’ and overcoming those obstacles is what defines a person of having self-discipline.


There are a few tactics that you can use so you are more self-disciplined in your everyday life. Some of these tactics are:


Creating priorities

Having strict rules in place

Having outside motivators


Keep in mind, that when we are discussing self-discipline, there is no cookie-cutter option that will work for everyone. You will need to implement the tips and strategies that work best for you. 


So, exactly what are the ways to develop self-discipline when it comes to your career and your relationships? Usually, self-discipline is derived from a combination of traits including grit, willpower and motivation. You must also make sure you are mentally ready to make this shift in your life.


Motivation And Triggers to Self Discipline


If you wanted to lose weight, what would be your first step? Maybe you start by watching a few online videos, follow someone on Instagram that you get inspiration from,  or read a few health and fitness magazines.


Simply put, when a person is ready to become more disciplined, they typically seek out the things that motivate them. Although there is nothing wrong with doing that, it does become a problem when they believe that just by being motivated, they are disciplined. It is this type of action that can actually block a person from achieving the initial goal. First up, you’ve got to have vision. A vision about what your truly want. And a vision/goal that really works has to be exciting. It’s got to be something that pulls you, not something that you have to push yourself into doing.


In even simpler terms, having positive and motivational thoughts may actually make it more difficult for a person to reach their goals. This occurs because visualization tricks your mind into thinking the goal has already been achieved when it hasn’t. As a result, you may feel as though nothing else needs to be done.


So, if you want to have true self-discipline, this is what you need to do instead. Do not focus on the motivation, focus on the process. Think about the routines and habits that you will need to do on a daily basis in order to reach your goal. Concrete on that you need to do and create a system to help you get there.


The discipline battle between the logical brain and emotional brain


Each human has two brains. They are often referred to as the right brain and the left brain, but they may also be referred to as the logical(cool) brain and the emotional (hot) brain.


The emotional brain encourages you to act based on how you feel about a certain situation. At times, this brain can make you feel very good, and other times not so good.


The logical brain is the objective brain. It helps you think clearly before making a decision so you can move in the right direction.


Which one of these brains should be when you are looking for ways to develop self-discipline? Of course, it is the logical brain. However, it is common for the emotions to interfere and make us excited when there is something we want to accomplish. Unfortunately, this does not work. The better option is to move the hot emotions over to the side of calm and cool logic.


Make It Difficult, Not Easy


When something is ‘optimized’, it is upgraded to help tasks and projects get done faster and more efficiently without extra effort. Just think about all of the items in our lives that are now optimized:


Self-driving vehicles

Smart homes

Life hacks


Although this type of optimization has no doubt made life easier for many people, it is important that you do not become over-optimized when becoming self-disciplined. You may begin to focus on the small things that do not make much of a difference to your larger goal.


The goal of making the process easier does not mean that you should do less. It means that you should not focus on the nonessential details and only work on the things that matter.


If you study people with tremendous self-discipline, you will find that they all have one common trait. They tend to prefer simplicity in many areas of their lives, but when they are working on a goal, they optimize that one part. They intentionally make the process of accomplishing their goal much more difficult.


For example, if an author has a deadline, they may not take a break or answer their phone until they have written a certain number of words for the day.


Or, if a musician is working on a new song, they may not leave out of the recording studio until they have created the perfect melody.


You can get into this mindset when you are trying to improve your self-discipline. Take a moment and think about what you want to do. Then, imagine that you are doing that task or job at double the speed.


What do you think of the original plan? It must certainly seem a lot easier now, and you should not have a problem being consistent until you reach your goal.


Are you a runner? If you decide to push yourself and run eight miles once a week, then running two miles on a regular day will feel a lot easier.


So, in conclusion, you can create a schedule, you can create rules and you can even make an announcement on social media about your plans hoping your friends, followers and subscribers will motivate you. In reality, no one really cares. These tactics will only be successful once you have the right mindset. Having a healthy mindset is one of the best ways to develop self-discipline.