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How to Be Self-Disciplined

Updated on March 8, 2016


There are many moments that make up one's lifetime. Becoming more self-disciplined is about learning to make the most of those moments and feeling good within them.

Working toward this goal can greatly enhance your opportunities in life and help you to live a happier, healthier, more productive life.

So, what are some good ways to help get yourself on track?

Some people find that they can successfully become more self-disciplined only with the help of a friend or coach, while others do well on their own when setting their mind to the task.

If you are going to improve your life by accomplishing more of your goals and developing new goals, you will absolutely need a certain level of self discipline to accomplish this.

In the beginning, it may require that you create scenarios and behave in ways that you are not most comfortable behaving, however, lots of lifestyle behaviors are just like habits that can be broken or changed.

First, sit down and force yourself to write out what it is that you are planning to do in a day and why. Then evaluate whether those items on your to-do list are productive to reaching any of your small or large goals.

Perhaps you want to become more self disciplined in order to better your financial situation. In this case, make a list of what you spend your money on, even the smaller items.

Think about how many times you eat out at restaurants, verses cooking at home and whether or not the items you purchase at the grocery store are all items that you actually use and if they are very expensive and whether or not the expense of these items is worth it. If you are spending more in order to live a healthier lifestyle, then this may be a very valid expense.

Maybe you want to lose weight or get in better shape for health reasons?

In this case, you will need to pay attention to your eating and drinking habits and monitor yourself throughout each day. Force yourself to drink more water and to go for walks. Perhaps even do some push-ups and sit-ups at home, or other forms of exercise.

Getting into a regular routine of this can help you increase your level of discipline tremendously.

Maybe you find yourself saying things to people on a regular basis that you regret saying or that you have been told is rude or offensive.

In this case, try to practice saying positive things as often as possible and whenever you have an opportunity to respond to someone, think before you open your mouth!

Some people have struggled with overcoming past issues of addiction and often find they behave in inappropriate ways without realizing it that hurt other people or themselves. The damage the drugs may have done to their minds could create a more difficult time for them when they want to stop acting on impulse so much.

This will require extreme self-discipline in order to fight the damage that has physiologically occurred. It is important in this case to perhaps sit down with someone and create a do and do not do list of things and then to force oneself to review the list before any potential activity that they might get involved with.

Creating an internal "no-no" rule deep within their psyche may be absolutely necessary in this case in order to become a more positive, less destructive member of society, even long after the alcohol or drug abuse has stopped.

Self-discipline often requires the creation of internal rules and abiding by the concept that these rules must be followed.

It is also very important to remember, however, that some flexibility in life is required in order to live a healthy life with healthy boundaries in place and good experiences for all involved.

Remembering that self-discipline is your choice, not someone else's and you cannot and should not try to control what other people do. You have to either adapt yourself to your situation or remove yourself from an unsatisfactory situation, but either way, your best bet will be to focus more on your own behavior than that of others.


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      Williamjordan 8 years ago from Houston TX

      Thank discipline is necessary to have a life of value.