by Aimee Wojtowecz

Everyone thinks the trick to getting started is motivation. But what is motivation? Motivation is having the self-discipline to do the things we know are good for us right? 

So how do we get more self-discipline? We all want more. Is there a self-discipline tree out there we can go rip a few leaves off of? Just imagine how much easier life would be if eating right wasn’t such a struggle or a trip to the gym wasn’t a fight with yourself! Thankfully self-discipline is a trait that anyone can master. You don’t have to be born with the ability. In fact, by following a few simple tips, you can start improving your self-discipline skills almost immediately. Here’s how:

  • Understand What’s Particularly Tempting

We all have something we want to improve. Whether we can’t say no to the salty snacks or wind up staying up too late night after night, we’re looking at the same solution: self-discipline. By knowing what our triggers are, we can come up with ideasto overcome them.

  • Change Your Environment

Once you know what tempts you, the simple solution is to remove the trigger from your environment. Easier said than done right? Start with just one thing, “this week I’m not buying that bag of potato chips when I go grocery shopping”. If they never make it to your environment they can’t be there to tempt you. 

  • Set a Goal

Without a goal, how can you plan any changes? Ask what you’re trying to change. What does your new future look like for you? Make an action plan to take you there. Seek extra help if necessary! 

  • Practice

Self-discipline doesn’t happen overnight. The only way you’re going to learn it is to practice it. Look at the plan you just created. What steps does it require? Push yourself to act on those steps, daily. If daily is too much, start with weekly, or monthly. Baby steps at first, and then get better over time.

  • Break Things Down into Smaller Habits

Change is more natural to make when the steps are kept small and very simple. Break things down to their smallest components. What’s something small you can do today to help you build the habit of self-discipline? Start with just 5 minutes. 

  • Pay Attention to Your Body

Your physical health will always affect your willpower, so taking care of the basics, such as getting enough sleep and exercising regularly will help you to have better self-discipline.

  • Gain a New Perspective

The moment you start thinking you have no self-discipline, or that your willpower is a finite resource, you start limiting yourself. By changing your inner dialogue, you’re more likely to have success. Remind yourself often: “I’ve got this.” 

  • What’s Plan B?

When going into a difficult situation where you know self-discipline will be challenged, create a backup plan. Know before you begin just what you’re going to do if things don’t go exactly as you’d like them to. Implement as needed.

  • Use Rewards

When you succeed in your goals, don’t be afraid to allow yourself a small reward! As human beings, we’re wired to work our best when we know we’re going to get something out of the experience we want. 

  • Know How to Move On

Something you wished you’d done differently? Forgive yourself and then keep going. You’re not a robot. Things come up and there are hiccups and setbacks. It’s what you do next that matters most.

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