I usually like to start with the definition of a topic that I’m writing about. Today’s topic is Discipline. The definition(s) of discipline are:
3. A field of study
4. Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
5. Control gained by enforcing obedience or order
b : orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
c : self-control
6. A rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity
These are all great definitions. While punishment is a kind of “discipline” we aren’t focusing on the punishment aspect of it for this post. Discipline is a way of being that helps you gain control and use a certain behavior pattern to control an outcome. Sounds a little complicated when put that way doesn’t it?
A simpler way to say it is rules or tasks to follow to get to the result you want. There are dozens of posts about how to do that, what stops people from doing that and how to achieve your goals or as some call it around the beginning of the year, new year’s resolutions.
I believe language is more powerful than we give it credit for. When people hear the words “New Year’s Resolutions.” It brings up a negative connotation for many because as statistics show, 78% of New Year’s Resolutions fail! 63% will keep them for 2 months. How are you doing on your resolutions at this point into the year? We are 6 weeks in now. How many of those resolutions have gone out the window never to be seen again?
Why do so many people fail at successfully keeping their resolutions? Because they don’t have a disciplined approach put into place to make sure they won’t fail.
Here are 7 things to consider to help you be disciplined with your goals, intentions or resolutions.
You should know what distracts you and pulls you off course. I am able to go down the rabbit hole really easily. Let’s see, need to go to YouTube to pull the link to a video, hey look at this one on this topic! Before I know it I’m several steps from where I need to be. In order for that to happen less, I plan my distractions. I take a break and do something like watch some mindless videos or play a game. Planning this keeps me on task and less distracted.
These tips will help you be more disciplined in your day to day life. My suggestion would be to start small and build on that. If you are interested in being mentored in this area, please get in touch for a needs discovery session. It’s complimentary and will get you on track to being more disciplined in your life.
To Your Success,