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Strengthen Your Self-Discipline

STRENGTHEN YOUR SELF-DISCIPLINE
with these 6 simple daily tasks

Self-Discipline: 
Doing what needs to be done even when you don't feel like it.
If you want to achieve anything in life, you have to have a certain level of self-discipline. Without this essential skill, you will easily become prey to laziness, apathy, and procrastination. Are you frustrated with the progress of your goals? It's time to take a hard look at your self-discipline. 
Here are a few tangible ways you can increase your self-discipline. Just like any muscle, you must practice for it to grow in strength. The stronger your self-discipline, the easier it will be for you to reach the goals and dreams you have.

WAKE UP EARLY
Waking up early is one of the best ways to develop your self-discipline. Do you try to sleep in as late as possible before you get up out of bed? Jumpstart your day instead. Wake up an hour before you usually do, take this time to plan the day ahead. 

Self-Discipline is created when you push through an unpleasant task that you know will help you in the long run.

I have a five-month-old daughter, she wakes up on average twice a night to eat. The amount and quality of sleep I now get pails in comparison to what I got before she arrived. However, I still wake up an hour before she wakes up so I can shower, plan my day, and prepare a healthy breakfast.  

Even though it's painful at times, strengthen that self-discipline muscle!

MEAL PREP
Meal planning and eating the meals that you have planned also helps strengthen that discipline muscle. When you meal-plan you are mentally prepping yourself for the week ahead. 

It isn't always fun taking a couple of hours on your weekend to prep food, but if you are looking to lose weight, spend less, and save time throughout your week, meal-prepping is the way to go. 

EXERCISE

Give yourself an exercise goal. For example, I will exercise 5 days a week for an hour each day. Make this happen. Even if you are sore, even if you are tired, even if it is late. Don't make excuses, count to five and get up and go. 

Not only will this build your self-discipline, but you are also creating a healthy body and mind. 

PROBLEM SOLVE

Practice problem-solving. If you are unsure how to do something, think of three options for how to fix the problem, then ask someone if they think one of the solutions will work. 

This helps you to keep more of your progress within your control. When your progress is in the hands of those around you, you are giving away that personal power. You are also making room to make excuses. 

REJECT TEMPTATION

Saying "No" is another huge skill that will build your self-discipline. Say no to the doughnut, say no to going out drinking with your friends for the 4th time this week and save money instead or get that much-needed sleep you need. Say no to binge-watching Netflix on your day off. 

Often these temptations are just ways to escape your reality. Practice uncovering the root causes. Are you stressed at work? Is your marriage having issues? It is time to address those stressors rather than pushing them aside. 

FOLLOW THROUGH

If you say something, do it. If you commit to an event, and the day of feel too tired to go, go anyway. Promise a friend something, but you realize the task is more arduous than you expected? Get it done when you said you would, even though you aren't getting paid. 

Be the person you want in your life. Do you want flaky friends? No. When you learn to say yes to things you usually would say no to, you are building up your tolerance for the moments that are difficult and annoying but are required for your dream to become a reality.