How I Self-Disciplined myself, and you can too!

Achieving Success is a painful process. The mastery of Self-Discipline, would smoothen half the journey. In fact, Self-Discipline is one of the important keys to success.

People who practice self-discipline tend to be happier than people who don’t. Why, you ask?

Because they restrict from indulging themselves in guilty pleasures. Involving in short-term pleasuring activities can sometimes give us a long-term guilt.

So, here’s a 4-step guide to Self-Discipline.

1) Find your Career/Passion

You need to have an ambition or a goal to maintain long-term self-discipline. I know that’s obvious but some people try to practice self-discipline without having any passion. Which, in my opinion, doesn’t make any sense.

Figuring out your passion is not an easy task. As I am only 18 years old, figuring out my passion meant choosing a career for me. Here’s how I did it. Modify these steps according to your situation.

Step 1: List out all the options available on your plate (mention around 20 of them)

Step 2: Now, based on your interest level, strike out the one’s that you are least interested in. ( around 10 of them)

Step 3: Based on interest level, yet again, strike out 5 more unappealing options. (around 5)

Step 4: When you are left with around 5 options, make a table somewhat like this.

Passion

Step 5: If you are still able to short-list your options further, then go for it. If you can’t then start considering important factors like – average study cost, availability of the course (at your place), future Career options, Average Salary, your interest level etc.

I’d advice you to keep your factors as practical as possible.

After completing the 5th step, if you still find yourself getting confused between two options, then try learning both the core skills.

For example, if you are struggling between choosing Computer Science and Animation, Learn the basic core skills required for these two careers – Programming and Animation. You can take up some courses on Udemy.

2) Avoid Distractions

The more decision your brain has to make, more likely you are to get distracted. Living in the 21st century, distractions are just a click away. Here’s how you can avoid distractions:

  • One thing at a time. Avoid cluttering your schedule with work. Instead, sprinkle in some breaks, spare times etc.
  • Avoid doing every task at once, specially if it’s a difficult task. Break the difficult tasks into small pieces and often take short breaks.
  • Do not keep phone anywhere near your working table. It just takes one ping to get distracted and feel guilty all day long.
  • Limit the use of internet. Internet is necessary but let’s not forget that it can also be a source of great distraction.

3) Execute (Take action)

The gap between dream and reality is execution (Taking action). Sometimes, the only thing we lack is the motivation to start doing a work. Once we get into the flow, it gets easy to maintain that flow. Here’s how you can trick your mind into taking action, even when you don’t feel like it.

Related post: Mistakes to avoid while forming new habits

  • Avoid focusing on only easy or difficult tasks

If you prioritize all the easy tasks first, then you would get bored and start day-dreaming. If your prioritize all the difficult tasks first, then you would get overwhelmed and your brain will find a way to get distracted.

So, work on both difficult and easy tasks instead of focusing on only either one of them. This would keep our brain engaged. Making it more likely to complete the task.

  • Break down the difficult tasks into smaller pieces

Difficult tasks can be overwhelming and daunting, indeed. The best way to finish those difficult tasks is by breaking them down to easy-to-manage pieces.

This trick has two advantages. Firstly, you’ll complete the task more efficiently and secondly, your satisfaction level would increase as you strike off challenging yet doable tasks off your list.

And as we all know, an increase in the satisfaction level would increases the confidence level with time.

4) Stay Consistent

The 4th and the most difficult step is to mainatain consistency. Most of us are all quite pumped up in the beginning but as the days pass, we find ourselves procrastinating on important things and avoid them intentionally, without realizing.

You can stay consistent with your work by these tips.

  • Have a consistent routine. Our body has a biological clock which periodically repeats some metabolisms in our body. Disrupting your routine, disrupts your metabolism. Thus, leading to a disrupted mind and body.
  • Focus on only one task at a time. Multi-tasking slows down the processing capacity of our brain.
  • Never compare yourself with other, but you and only you. Every one has their own story, and their own shares of advantages & disadvantages in life. Focus on utilizing your resources.
  • Avoid procrastination. You would never know when a day would snowball into weeks. Of course, You are not always gonna have the motivation and that’s where half of the people lose the game. Stay consistent till the very end.

Although self-discipline plays an important role in our life, do not get caught up the toxic hustle and productivity culture. We’re all humans and there are gonna be days when we just don’t feel like working (Forget what I just said if you are a regular procrastinator).

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