There was once a great champion of a wrestler who would stand on the top of the ropes and say, “Do you smelllllllllllllllll what’ the ROCK is cooking?!!”
SO YOU WANT TO LIVE LIKE A CHAMPION?
After saying this, the crowd would go wild. They would go bananas, they’d go crazy!
But the ROCK is no more, and this isn’t wrestling.
Now, there is a great champion of motivation who says, “Do you smellllllllllllllll what The STRIVE is cooking?!!”
But I don’t want you to go crazy, I want you to go great!
So do you? Do you smell it? Do you smell what we’re cooking? It’s smells like…like VICTORY!
Oh, and it’s a great aroma let me you tell you. It’s a smell that both haunts and invigorates.
It is truly a glorious smell my friend.
THE SMELL OF SUCCESS
Want to know why the smell of Victory lingers in this air that surrounds me?
Short answer…. It’s because I am a champion.
Long answer, well, do me this favor first, and then I will fill you in.
Imagine if every morning, before you got started on your day, you also had this powerful sense the day was going to be a great one. You sensed in your bones, excitement and high energy. You felt great expectancy for what the day held for you.
Imagine, if you always had this feeling, that whatever happened in this day, you would inevitably be better off for it.
A sense that no matter what happened, you could not lose.
A knowing, that whatever you do is going to lead to something great.
Now let me ask you this….
Would having such a sense be appealing to you? The sense that VICTORY is imminent?
If so, then you must know, it is easier to come by than you think.
And you can have it!
You see, victory is in the air this morning my friend, because of one simple reason.
Because there is work to be done, and I KNOW that I will do what it takes to get it done.
So what’s this work I speak of?
It is the completion of the tasks that will bring me closer to my goals.
Yes! Victory is in the air this morning, and will be here surrounding me tomorrow as well. Why? Because there is always work to be done.
When I hit one goal, I move on to the next. Goals are like Pringles to me. Once you pop….you can’t stop!
But it is not just because there is always work to be done that I feel this way.
THE SECRET TO SUCCESS
I feel this way daily, because of this simple little thing I’ve learned to harness.
It’s sort of a secret. But really, anyone can harness this if they really wanted to.
It’s a secret that can provide you with the feeling of guaranteed long-term success.
It’s the one little thing can make every day seem as if it has the potential for heightened victory.
But, it is only available for those who have learned how to harness it.
When this secret has been harnessed, every day will appear to contain within it a new opportunity to not only feel like a champion or a success, but to be one.
Are you ready to learn how you too can harness this powerful secret?
My friend, every day I feel victory in my veins, in my bones… I smell it all around me!
This victorious experience is had, because I know what the secret to success is.
Everyday I know victory is one day closer, because I am willing to discipline myself every single day to do something that will one day make victory a reality. And this my friend, is the secret.
This my friend is something we all have the power to do!
Let me say it again, but in a different way. The secret is self-discipline.
THE POWER OF SELF-DISCIPLINE
Don’t get me wrong. It is not just the thought of being self-disciplined that works. It is knowing in your gut, that you can execute and apply self-discipline at will.
I have learned how to force myself to do what I must, to strive to achieve that which I wish to achieve.
Oh, and it’s a beautiful feeling!
And you can do it to.
Once you understand the power of self-discipline, you will realize how everything can change for you.
But it is only when you know how to harness the power of self-discipline, that everything will change for you.
You’re probably wondering…
“So then what does it take to harness the power of self-discipline?”
Well, I am about to tell you.
I am going to tell you, because I want you to experience the energy, the vitality, and the feelings of greatness that come with knowing you have what it takes to succeed. I want you to know that feeling that your success is guaranteed.
In fact, I wish everyone felt this way, all day, every day! Imagine the world we’d live in!
SOME SIMPLE STEPS
So, my friend, here are the simple steps you must take to zero-in on your self-discipline. To harness it, so that you may feel, experience, and be victorious…daily!
Before you get started know that for these steps to work, you must be willing to forge for yourself the right mindset. Because when all is said and done, your self-discipline is 100% related to your mindset.
If you have a bad attitude about this, it won’t work. In fact, if you go into anything in life with a bad attitude, you’re usually screwed. Any who, I digress.
You ready? Let’s Go!
HARNESSING THE POWER OF SELF-DISCIPLINE
1. Know What You Want
You got to know what you want!
Knowing exactly what you want, in detail, is the most important thing for concocting the self-discipline required to obtain what you seek. The more you know about why you want what you want, and the more convinced you become that you must have it, the more likely you’ll be to go after it.
“When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.” – Jim RohnTweet Quote
The more likely you are to go after what you want, the more self-discipline you’ll be willing to wield to obtain it.
So, find out exactly what you want. Go deep if you must. Because once you know, you’ll never want to stop reaching for it. By doing this, you will set the stage for perpetual self-discipline.
2. Make A Goal to Get What You Want
Alright, so you know what you want. But wanting is not enough. Dreaming is not enough.
You must make up your mind to get what you want. And the best way to do this, is to simply ensure that what you want is set up as a goal.
Many of the gurus often say, “Goals are nothing more than dreams with a deadline.”
So give your dreams, your desires, or that thing you desperately want a deadline. And ensure your deadline is one that motivates you to take action.
Now, please, pretty please, don’t give yourself a deadline that is 50 years from now.
“But why not? What If my goal takes that long to accomplish?”
Because if you do, you will trick yourself into thinking you can coast. And if you coast, your dreams are toast.
So be sure to give yourself a tight deadline, a time frame that will push you to act, move, hustle.
Do this, and you will add fuel to your fire. You will effectively be creating the conditions for action.
3. Understand This Simple Truth About Success.
It is vital that you understand this simple truth about success.
By holding to this truth about success you will be fortifying your mindset.
When you have the right mindset about what success is, you’ll be more eager to chase it. The more eager you are to chase it, the more likely you’ll be to apply the disciplines to capture it.
So here is the simple truth about success that you must know.
“Success is the gradual realization of a worthy goal.”
Understand this, believe in this, and take consistent action to realize it. I promise you, you’ll be better off for it.
When you understand that success is both the pursuit and the arrival of an accomplishment, you’ll improve your chances of doing what it takes to make success a reality.
4. Be Willing to Suffer and Sacrifice More for Your Goals
Let’s be honest here. Easy street is for lazy people. And lazy people never get the prize.
You must be willing to embrace some suffering, sacrifice, and a struggle.
Make these S-words your best-friends. Suffering, Sacrifice, Struggle.
When you know you are willing to out suffer others to realize your goal, you will realize you are on the right-track to success.
So how will you know if you are willing to do this?
You must become willing. You must make up your mind to be one tough son-of-a-bitch. That’s it!
Strength, toughness, extra effort should be lauded.
Swinish ease, laziness, and extravagance should be looked down upon.
Aim to have a high mental threshold for pain, suffering, and sacrifice.
“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as a punishment. And that’s the difference.” – Lou HoltzTweet Quote
Force yourself to love labor. Not just the thought of it, but the actual labor itself. The harder the labor, the better. Look forward to the struggle. Because when you do, the struggle becomes easy. And when the struggle becomes easy, the doing becomes easy too.
When you are willing to suffer, and when you know you are willing to sacrifice more than others to reach your ends, you give yourself an advantage!
And having this simple mental advantage, is like high-octane gasoline for self-discipline.
Supercharge your fuel for self-discipline, and you supercharge your chances for victory!
5. Become Friends with Time and Embrace Patience
Self-discipline is easy to have when you know that no matter what you do, you’ll eventually arrive. Such knowing is called patience. When you play the long-game, and realize that all you need to do is outlast the competition, you will find the energy to do what it takes to do so.
I wish I knew this when I was a college athlete. I didn’t though, which is why I didn’t go pro. Had I played the long game, had I made friends with time, I would have had a fighting shot.
“Long time perspective” is the key to upward social and economic mobility.” – Dr. Edward W. BanfieldTweet Quote
So embrace the long-game. Play for keeps, play until you win. Knowing that you will play until you win, will keep you wanting to play.
Isn’t this a mind trick? Yes, it is.
So be patient, play the game, and get to work!
And that’s that. You now have the means to harness your self-discipline.
Here is a quick recap:
The Smell of Victory Every Morning is a GREAT thing! It’s a Champion Thing….
To Be Graced by the Feelings of Victory Every Morning Like a Champ. You Must….
Know That You Will Do What It Takes to Succeed
To know That You Will Do What It Takes to Succeed, You Must….
Know the Secret to Success, and be Able and Willing to Harness it.
The Secret of Success is Self Discipline, And The Steps Below Will Allow You to Harness It:
The 5 Easy Ways to Harness the Power of Self-Discipline Are….
- Know What You Want
- Make it a Goal
- Embrace This Definition of Success
- Be Willing to Sacrifice and Out Suffer Others
- Embrace Time, Become Patient
Alright, there is your recap. You’re welcome.
You now have some serious secrets to success, but it’s up to you to decide what you’ll do with them.
If you apply the 5 steps, your self-discipline will grow.
The stronger you embrace these steps, the more you’ll know and trust in your ability to put your self-discipline to work for you.
Before you know it, you’ll be waking up every morning to be greeted by more than just the smell of great coffee. You’ll be greeted by the smell victory and the power that comes with it too.
Do all this, and you will realize that your victory is imminent! Do all this and you will become the victor and the champion of your life!
Go forth and embrace the power of self-discipline and live like the champion you are.
PS – If you enjoyed this post on the power of self-discipline, then you’ll also enjoy these other supporting self-discipline resources:
15 BEST BOOKS TO BUILD SELF-DISCIPLINE AND MASTER SELF-CONTROL (2022)
Ahhh, self-discipline, that pain-in-the-a** success attribute that most of us wish were easier to wield. If I told you there was a pill you could take to increase your self-discipline, would you want one?
Hahaha, so would I.
Unfortunately, there is no pill.
But, I do have something for you that is far better than some easy peasy pill. In fact, I have 14 of them for you.
And I am confident you could benefit from them.
How can I be so sure?
Statistics. Statistically speaking, 92% of people who set goals at the beginning of each year, don’t achieve them (University of Scranton.) That stat alone, says so much about the state of our collective self-discipline.
“92 % of people who set goals at the beginning of each year, don’t achieve them.” – University of ScrantonTweet Quote
It reveals that most people can’t stick to a simple goal they set out to achieve.
How is it that so many people fail to achieve what they really want?
I mean, nobody sets a goal they don’t think they can achieve.
Nobody sets a goal around something they don’t sincerely want either.
Yet, so many still fail to reach the simple goals they set for themselves, year after year.
And what about the big goals? Let’s not even go there.
Here’s the most likely culprit. When the results we go after don’t come fast enough, and we realize what we’re chasing seems like more of a hassle than we first imagined, we second-guess ourselves. And as we continue to pursue our goals, we slowly begin making up our minds that the pain of consistent self-discipline is a cost we aren’t willing to pay. The pain bests us.
So, what do we do?
We stop striving for our goal.
If that scenario sounds familiar, then you’ve had your own struggles with self-discipline. In short, self-discipline is likely hard for you.
But, you don’t have to feel too bad about it (just a little bad), because you are not alone. Self-discipline is painful for just about everyone. But just because it’s painful, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to find more of it.
Truth is, self-discipline is a pain that is good for you. It’s so good for you that it really shouldn’t be seen as pain at all.
Like Euripides said…. “Do not consider painful what is good for you.”
NO PAIN NO GAIN
My friend, self-discipline is a worthy characteristic to improve. It’s worthy because it has the power to lead you from where you are now, to where you want to be, faster than any other human quality.
Self-discipline is a force to be reckoned with. When it is strong, it will keep you moving forward, progressing towards your goals till you hit them.
On the flip side, self-discipline is also something everyone struggles with at some point in their lives. And when it’s weak your achievements will be meek.
So go big, keep going for those big goals, but make sure your self-discipline is strong before you do so.
Why? Because trying to achieve a goal without self-discipline, is like trying to ride a bicycle across a hilly countryside and expecting to get up the harder, steeper hills without peddling.
It’s just not going to happen. Which is why goal achievement without self-discipline is impossible.
Fortunately, you can build and craft your self-discipline to your liking. And you can do it in a short amount of time.
The more you build it, the more and more achievements you’re likely to see in your life.
And I have just the thing to help you begin building your self-discipline.
Here are 14 self-discipline books you should read to help you fortify your self-discipline.
You’ll strengthen your discipline just by reading them, because it takes discipline to read books.
But, you’ll also gain powerful self-discipline mindset insights, insights that will help you become the master over your very own.
So here you go my friends, 15 stepping stones to higher and better levels of self-discipline.
15 BEST BOOKS ON DISCIPLINE
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1. The Compound Effect
‘The Compound Effect’ is like a manifesto for self-discipline. The author of this book is Darren Hardy, who is the former publisher of SUCCESS Magazine, a serial entrepreneur, mutli-millionaire, and the author of a few other books. And you know what? This guy knows a thing or two about success and self-discipline.
Darren sums it up well in his book when he gives the formula for how to create radical change in our lives. The formula is this: “Small smart choices + Consistency + Time = RADICAL DIFFERENCE”
Small smart choices come down to small daily self-disciplines.
This book is worth the read because it will help you realize that it is the small everyday choices you make, not the big disciplines, that determine the size of your achievements.
After reading this, self-discipline will seem less daunting, more manageable, and perhaps even a bit attractive. Get this book, and let Darren sell you on the power of self-discipline and it can do to transform the outcome of your life.
‘Mastery’ is a masterpiece. This book was authored by Robert Greene, and it covers a wide spectrum of ideas that coalesces around what it takes to become a master. A master of your craft, your profession, a master of your life.
Much of the material in the book is pulled from the author’s vast knowledge of historical and modern masters to help you realize what it takes to become a master, the likes of Mozart, Leonardo Da Vinci, Goethe, John Coltrane, Marcel Proust, and many others.
He demonstrates that Mastery is a simple process that is accessible to anyone who is willing to put in the time, effort, dedication and sacrifice to create masterful work.
His reference to Leonardo Da Vinci’s motto, Ostinato Rigore, meaning stubborn rigor sums up what kind of self-discipline is required to achieve your life’s task (your purpose).
To strengthen your self-discipline and learn what it takes to become the master of your fate, this is definitely book you should digest.
3. The Willpower Instinct
‘The Willpower Instinct‘ approaches self-discipline and self-control from a more academic stand point. It’s a good self discipline book, but if I am honest, it’s quite boring to read.
If you are true student of self-discipline and self-control though, it will be worth it.
It’s worth your time because it will help you gain clarity on why self-discipline seems so challenging to master for so many people. The clarity gained from this book can lead to better decisions, and better decisions always leads to better results.
4. The Master Key to Riches
This book is a powerful book for building self-discpline. Every chapter provides insight upon insight on the habits and types of efforts that are required for you to achieve more in life.
The most important chapter though, is chapter 12, because it deals solely with self-discipline. Chapter 12 makes a strong case for why you should work on becoming self-disciplined, especially if wealth, success, and riches are things you are striving for.
And let’s be honest, money, success, and power are things we’re all striving for. So give this one a read, and learn why self-discipline is the master key to riches. Then put what you learn to use, and build the rich and abundant life you deserve for yourself.
5. The War of Art
In my opinion, out of all of the best books on discipline, this one is the best. However, this book is listed and #5 because it was primarily written for creative types who know the self-sabotaging challenges that come with trying to create great work consistently.
Even if you are not an artist, author, or entrepreneur, this book will help you realize the struggle to create is real, but that it can be conquered.
I believe this book is for everyone because we are all creators, creators and designers of our own lives.
Now the author doesn’t call out self-discipline directly through the book, rather, he positions it as “Resistance”. But, through his concept of “Resistance” clearly communicates how you must commit to your work, to becoming a pro, and how when you do, you’ll be applying the self-discipline you’ve needed to do what you’ve always wanted.
It’s a good kick in the pants that will help you deal with your self-discipline challenges in an effective way. So give it read.
6. The Practicing Mind
If you are looking for a new perspective on how to build your self-discipline, then this book is for you. Thomas M. Sterner makes a strong case for the importance mindset plays on how self-disciplined we are. He does a good job relating his personal experiences with mastering golf, piano lessons, and book writing, using the practicing mind process.
You’ll learn that with the right awareness and mindset, you can better master just about anything. His biggest urging is to learn to love the process of whatever it is you are seeking to accomplish, to do so, is to develop a practicing mind.
And when you’ve developed a practicing mind, the self-discipline and focus we all struggle with, becomes easier to wield.
A slow read, but it has some gems in it for sure.
7. Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength
Roy Baumeister is highly admired psychologists who teamed up with the renowned New York Times science writer, John Tierney, to create what is in a sense a self-control manifesto. Both authors do a great job of taking their vast knowledge of people and human psychology, to effectively sum up the power of willpower.
They give great examples of how we can refuel our willpower, and create effective habits that can actually make it easier for us to control ourselves. In short, you’ll learn the science behind self-control and many new and unique methods to help you master yours.
All in all, it’s a great book to read and an excellent building block to help you level up your self-discipline.
8. Think and Grow Rich
This book belongs in almost every self-improvement category, but it really shines when it comes to self-discipline.
When you read this book, you’ll gain a new awareness to success, gaining riches, and all that other achievement jazz. But most importantly, it will drill the point home, that no success, no great riches, no high achievements can be made if you have not mastered your thoughts.
And sure enough, the mastery of your thoughts comes down to your ability to discipline your mind on how to think, what to allow into your mind, and what kind of thoughts you should consistently be focusing on to achieve your goals.
This book is a must-read for the true seeker of success and self-discipline.
9. No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline
Brian Tracy has been around for a very long time, but his book on discipline, ‘No Excuses’ is still a great starting place if you are ambitious, just finishing up your schooling, or about to get started in the working world.
He’s a pretty much a ‘self-development guru’, since he’s been at this for so long. He covers many success maxims you’ve probably already heard, but he does a good job of tying them all together around the subject of self-discipline.
Reading this book will help you realize the value self-discipline plays in just about every area of our life.
10. The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg does a great job illuminating the complexity of the science behind our habits and breaking it down into digestible insights.
You’ll learn that the bulk of what we does is governed by our habits, and how with a little bit of disciplined awareness, you can master the art of turning bad habits into good ones.
So, if you are have some bad habits you need to change, or some new habits you need to create, and want to ensure you have the discipline to see them through, get this book, it is the ultimate cheat sheet for mastering your habits.
11. The Warrior Ethos
This book not your typical book on discipline. It’s about an approach to life, it’s about an ethos.
It’s about an ethos that has become less and less apart of modern-day culture, yet, is the exact ethos most fit to help you embrace the struggles and toil of your every aspiration.
The tenets of the Warrior Ethos, directed inward, can inspire you to fight against and conquer the enemies that can be found within our own hearts and minds.
I highly recommend this book. It’s not a book 100% dedicated to self-discipline, so don’t expect a bunch of science and data. But, you can expect to be inspired and fired up to gain the discipline of a Spartan.
Read this book and gain the mental toughness you’ll need, if you want to have the self-discipline of a champion.
Coming in at number 12 on our list of books for building self-discipline is aptly named… ‘Self-Discipline’. This is a newer self-discipline book, but it deserves mentioning as it is jam packed with powerful principles that can help you build the mental toughness and tightened mental focus that lead to achievement. It is truly a simple and easy read, and gets right to the point on what self-discipline is and how anyone can get more of it.
Out of all of our best books on discipline, this book has been listed because it does a phenomenal job helping the reader learn that self-discipline is more than just a skillset, it is a lifestyle. And in my opinion, once you’ve accepted this fact and truly understand it… your ability to become the master of yourself and by extension, your fate will be transformed.
13. Make Your Bed
Make Your Bed is by far one of the more popular books on self-discipline and life improvement in general. It’s has garnered the prestigious title of a NY Times Best Seller, which we believe is a well deserved title. The author of Make Your Bed is Admiral William H. McRaven. And he wrote this book after giving a commencement speech that went viral. The message he conveyed it that commencement speech, and what he lays forth in this book, is about how the little things make a big difference in how our life turns out.
It’s is certainly not an academic book as it contains various short stories and anecdotes for life. However, it is a book that will at the very least inspire you to do the little things a little bit better and a little more consistently. And this will ultimately help you change your life. After all, that’s what self-discipline is all about, isn’t it? Consistently doing the little things.
14. The Science of Self-Discipline
Best-selling author and human psychology researcher Peter Hollins has created a one-of-a-kind resource with his book The Science of Self-Discipline. As someone who has studied high performance individuals for over a decade, Hollins really nails the psychology and science behind behind self-discipline in this book.
His book provides an 11 chapter road map that will help you understand everything from how your biology, habits, mindset, and environment can and will impact your discipline levels. As such, this discipline book comes highly recommended and should be added to your reading list as well, if you have yet to read it.
15. The Marshmallow Test
Walter Mischel is one of the world’s leading experts on self-control. His groundbreaking work on self-control (a.k.a. the famous marshmallow test) has helped him get cited more than any other psychologist when it comes to self-control, as he’s shown better than anybody else, the direct link that exists between delayed gratification and one’s ability to create a successful life for themselves.
With that said, this is a great book to study if you’re looking to master self-discipline and self-control, as Mischel provides countless antidotes and strategies that just about anyone can implement to gain mastery of both.
Bonus Self-Discipline Book: Discipline Equals Freedom
Sometimes, what we all really need to get the discipline we want is the cold hard truth. And that is exactly what Jocko Willink lays down for us in his book Discipline Equals Freedom. Hands down this is one of the best books on discipline.
This book is a must have for every discipline seeking individual, because Jocko speaks truth. No doubt, you may find what he has to say abrasive, maybe even a bit too straight-forward. But if you are truly seeking discipline, then you should be okay with his methods. Why? Because the ends justify the means.
This is a self-help book we all need to read in this day and age. And at the moment out of all of these books on discipline, this one is currently my favorite. It’s a book that will help you discipline your thoughts, which will then help you discipline your actions. So, if you’re ready to learn the simple truths about self-discipline, truths that will lead to disciplined action, then this book is for you.
GO FORTH AND BUILD YOUR SELF-DISCIPLINE
There you have it friends, the 15 best books on discipline that can help you improve your self-discipline and self-control. But don’t just let your learning lead to knowledge, let your learning lead to action. And for some bonus methods to discipline your thoughts, be sure to check out these highly effective discipline affirmations, and our highly popular discipline quotes.
Remember, all successful people are highly disciplined people. All unsuccessful people are usually undisciplined and unable to control their actions and appetites.
So, read these self discipline books, leverage your resources, and put what you learn into action, so when they talk about the 8% of people who follow through on their goals, they’ll be talking about you.
Till next time,
PS – These are the best books on discipline, no doubt about it! But if you’re looking for something to truly help you BE self-disciplined NOW, self-disciplined enough to actually achieve the big harry audacious goals you’ve set for yourself, then this is for you.
10 HELPFUL TIPS FOR MASTERING SELF-DISCIPLINE
This article is going to show you a few deep insights that you won’t find on any of those “master-self-discipline-quickly” websites.
Are you ready for them?
If so, please do this for me first. Go and stand in front of the mirror and take a good, long, searching look at yourself.
When you looked in the mirror, did you recognize the face staring back at you? Do you know who you are? Sometimes, this can be an unsettling exercise, and that’s a good thing. The truth is, most of us don’t have a clue as to who we are.
But, the good news is, we can discover our true selves. And the even better news, is that when we do, we actually set the stage for improved self-discipline.
Below are some useful tips you should be aware of if mastering self-discipline is what you are after.
10 BEST TIPS FOR MASTERING DISCIPLINE
Tip # 1: Solving The Conundrum of Yourself
To start mastering the art (and it is an art, believe me) of self-discipline, you must know yourself. This means knowing, inside and out. Just mirror-gazing takes a bit of self-discipline believe it or not. That’s a great start, even if it knocks you off-balance. Especially if it knocks you off-balance.
It’s much like boot camp, where they break you down and build you up, except this is a much nicer version, and you’re not being created in someone else’s image, or what others want you to be.
The start of self-discipline can be a real jolt to the system, but go with the ripples and sit passively, breathing in and out rhythmically until your heart has quietened. Everything that’s non-essential fades quietly away, and you begin to find your thoughts more ordered, more pertinent. You have begun!
Tip #2: Baby Steps First
Mastering self-discipline takes baby steps. You will already have discovered what’s wrong with your life, much more than just superficially. On the surface, you know you drink too much, you eat junk food, you never have time to do anything creatively because you’re too busy pursuing the fading dream, you never exercise, and your life is, well, lifeless!
So, are you going to make the dreaded list? You can if you want, but you will have already told yourself what you need to do. You’ve told your mirror too, haven’t you? Now, it’s deeply embedded in your psyche. All that you must do is draw on your thought reserve pool, and it will gladly yield your needs.
If you don’t change from within first, the changes you make will last much like a New Year’s resolution. Mind first, body second is the mantra, so with this in mind (pun intended) get moving.
My advice is not to head straight to the gym or go hurtling round a couple of city blocks but to ease into it. Use stairs at work or home – up and down and increase time bit by bit.
Tip#3: Just Look at Me Walk…
Okay, so the baby steps have morphed into much more. You find yourself wanting to run now, and this would be a good time to get to the gym and have the discipline of full workout sessions every day, or however your instructor sees fit. Get plenty of cardiovascular exercise at first before you morph into Mr Olympia.
Time to look at your eating regimen now. Silly me, I’m telling you these things which you know already, but just in case anyone’s skipped the mirror, here they are again. Chuck the junk and chortle down health shakes and home-made (important) salads. Chicken and fish are the night-time treats. You know the drill. No alcohol! Water is good.
Healthy dieting tips can be found throughout sites online. My advice is to keep it simple, take it slow. If one day you feel like a candy bar, have it. So long as you don’t make it a habit. After all, it’s not what you do some of the time that matters, rather, it’s what you do most of the time.
Tip#4: The Fabulous Free Time
If you’re a student with time (rare, I know, but it does happen) and you’re needing resources, go to online writing services like Best Essays to get those assignments and project reports completed. If you’re a parent, hire some help. If you’re single, also hire some help. Call a landscaping company for that lawn, reach out to a cleaning service for those pile of dishes. The key is to leverage other resources to free up your time.
While you get yourself free time, utilize it for the real and exact purpose that you freed yourself for. Pursue your hobbies, follow your artistic passion, and play your favorite outdoor game.
Self-discipline as far as free time is concerned, is probably the hardest to do because the structure must form in your mind first and then translate to your actions. You don’t have to go rushing off to save the polar bears, although that would be a good thing.
What you do need to do though, as your self-discipline dictates, is something that’s endorphin-releasing yet passive. It would be good to get into meditation. However, you can just as well write or read a good book. That will get the endorphin army hurtling forward.
Tip#5: Halfway, Time To Take Stock
It’s only after you start practicing ‘right mindfulness’ that you realize just how much you were messing up your life. Incidentally, have you wondered why you are reading this in the first place? You were drawn to it, sure, but why? Because you were aching for change, for something new.
Little did you realize what that would do to you! Oh, you will probably lose friends along the way (more of that in Tip #7) but think of what you’ve gained. You have become fit and healthy, and your mind is simply marvelous. You feel there’s nothing you can’t accomplish, and it’s true – there is nothing holding you back.
It’s important to stop and take stock! Don’t bypass this tip if mastering self-discipline is what you truly desire..
Tip#6: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…
It’s time for all change, as they would say on the subway train. Why would you want to do the same old things that you used to do? With self-discipline, people have discovered a whole new lease on life, and they naturally want to make the most of it. Making up for lost time is a completely natural way to feel on this journey.
It takes time to heal, doesn’t it? Well, what you are essentially doing is healing yourself from a past wound of a life. It just can’t be done overnight, and please don’t even attempt it. This tip is to get you pushing beyond your normal barriers because you’re ready for it. You want to change careers if you have something else lined up, do it.
Anything within reason that comes to mind and it’s something you would never have done in the past, grab it like a bull in a china shop and just do it! As Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz would have remarked: “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Tip#7 Speaking of Friends…
This is a critical step for mastering self-discipline. One of the most difficult things you’ll find in discovering yourself is that you find that you outgrow people. It’s just that you’ve moved beyond the nascent phase and heading on, naturally, to pastures new. This is bound to induce some puzzlement and maybe even nastiness in your circle of friends, but your calling is irresistible.
Self-discipline will teach you that men and women are not meant to be alone, but that boundaries are necessary. Imposing boundaries is one of the most self-disciplined things you will ever have to do.
This can cause a lot of distrust and hurt for others but will save you a lot of angst in times to come. Over time, it will come naturally, and you will approach it in a way that’s normal. This way, you present it far more graciously, and people accept it the same way.
Tip#8 The Bliss of the Beyond
The future suddenly holds exciting new possibilities. Explore them at every turn. Do not miss out on any of the great things that are beckoning you. It may mean the fruition of a dream to be an entrepreneur, ballet dancer, whatever. You must grab with both hands, and eagerly, these callings. It’s not for nothing you have journeyed!
You realize that you have wasted considerable time but don’t try and make up for it in 15 minutes. It takes time, as I’ve mentioned before, as you learned in the baby steps phase, to reach for the top and finally make it. You’ll find yourself unraveling if you try to speed any part of the process up. Relax, go with it.
It will be that perhaps you weren’t ready for your new normal earlier on, and it’s only now that you have the self-discipline, such a destination is possible.
Tip #9 Weakness is a Strength
To be strong in the face of adversity takes all the self-discipline you have. And to be strong in these times does not mean not crying or not feeling faint. As I’ve said, you’re no superhero, and if you’ve gone through the steps, you’ll know you’re not a sniveling wreck when times are tough. You’re still being the new you.
Know this: weakness is the strength. By this I mean by allowing yourself to be weak, and showing yourself as such, takes all the courage in the world. Don’t bottle it up and ‘deal with it later,’ as you are looking for trouble. Show it, claim it, and be courageous by breaking into tears. Hug someone. Hug lots of people.
Tip#10 The New Normal
Okay, so now you are busy negotiating the journey of the new normal. You may not have quite realized what becoming self-disciplined was going to do to you, and for you, and you may be looking back at your beginnings of the path a little wistfully.
Letting go can be hard, but you will find, as I’m sure you have (or will) that it’s something you have no choice in. Whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to go backsliding. Temptations are around every corner, but then so are reminders.
You’ve come a long way. Get encouragement from your new friends and colleagues. In fact, actively seek it. Let your farewell symphony to the past be sweet and sensational.
Concluding Thoughts on Mastering Self-Discipline
As you would have realized, the road to self-discipline is not for the faint-hearted or the lazy. It requires a great deal of action and courage, self-help and doing the unthinkable. Along the way, you will lose friends, jobs, old habits, your old mind. But if the spark of change burns within you, you must fan that flame until it glows gloriously bright and beautiful. You will never look back. Nor should you.
PS – If you enjoyed this post about mastering discipline, then you’ll love these other handful of resources to help you master self-control and discipline:
SELF-DISCIPLINE: THE KEY TO HAPPINESS
If you want to know how discipline leads to happiness, then you’ll enjoy this article. Our research on this topic started after we came across an older, but still very relevant article that suggested the key to happiness was self-discipline.
We were struck by the article; particularly because it had brought to light a different key to happiness than we’ve been accustomed to hearing for most of our lives: The kind of secrets to happiness that we are all pretty much accustomed to hearing, you know; be more grateful, be present, get some supportive friends, have some goals to aspire to, focus on your health, or make more money, etc..
The article we read was published by the Atlantic. It was a synopsis of a study conducted in 2013 by Wilhelm Hoffman at the University of Chicago. If you are interested in digging deeper into the published research, you can do so here: Wiley Online Library.
“A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.” – Dalai LamaTweet Quote
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The article spoke to us not only because it was refreshingly different from what the rest of the world typically says about acquiring happiness, but because it is something that we’ve found to be true in our own lives.
We’ve noticed through our own experiences, that when we’ve let our guard down, when we let our lack of self-control, and lack of discipline drive our life, things always seem to eventually get worse. It’s not something that happens immediately either; whenever we’ve let off the proverbial (self-discipline) pedal; it has always led to a slow process of degradation.
It typically starts with something small, like having a good habit of going to bed early morph into a bad habit of going to bed late. Having this good habit eventually turn into a bad habit, slowly leads to other good habits, like going to the gym consistently, or starting/arriving to work before schedule, in addition to other habits of our turning into bad habits all of their own. Eventually, through inertia, even our once chipper and positive attitude becomes influenced, allowing us to drift into a realm of negativity.
Unfortunately, this degradation process has led us to having less patience with friends and family, in addition to obvious signs of work motivation and productivity being impacted. Eventually, our levels of happiness and feelings of joy would take a very noticeable nose dive.
There’s no better quote to express the discipline to happiness process than the Dalai Lama’s famous quote: “A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”
Needless to say, reading the study was not only like taking a breath of fresh air, but it was also reaffirming of our own experiences and philosophy on the link between self-discipline and happiness (which always feels good).
How Discipline Leads to Happiness
Below is a great way to visualize how discipline leads to happiness. It demonstrates how the end result/happiness levels can be determined by the level of discipline applied.
Get Disciplined About Self-Discipline
We are always aiming to add value to you, our readers, so we did some serious self-reflection and research to come up with the four methods that, you can apply easily, but that will still have the biggest impact on your ability to increase your self-discipline. We intentionally left out any fluff, so you can get moving on your journey towards increased happiness.
This is going to sound like a crazy thought, but it is true. Acquiring discipline requires discipline. None of the steps that we are about to provide to you will take place without you making up your mind to take action on them.
So in essence, to get disciplined, you have to have at least a smidgen of discipline to get you moving forward on those actions. We know everyone has at least enough discipline to at a minimum, get started on these small steps towards improving our discipline.
Related: The Definition of Self-Discipline
1 – Create a Compelling Reason to Be Disciplined
One of the most powerful catalysts we’ve experienced in improving our self-discipline, was in creating a compelling reason to stick to those disciplines. The best way we’ve found to do this, was to take the time to think about and outline our goals for the next 12 months.
The most important aspect of setting these goals was to ensure that they were goals that really brought excitement into our lives. We wanted to ensure they were goals that excited us, goals that if (and when) reached, would add a level of amazingness to our lives. So needless to say, the goals you need to create must be so enticing, so exciting, that you will be compelled to take action on them.
When you do this, you will have effectively set the stage to stick to your disciplines a little bit better. Dare we say, that after you do this, you may experience (as we did) an almost magical-like tug on you, to take action on your ideas and plans (when needed) until that compelling reason/goal you set up for yourself is realized.
Check out these resources to help you create your compelling reason:
- A basic how-to outline for goal setting from Psychology Today.
- 4 steps for setting powerful goals from Success.com.
- An effective goal setting template that spans 10 years.
2 – Sleep Your Way To Stronger Self-Discipline
We pride ourselves on being Spartan-like, and often force ourselves to work late into the night, instead of sleeping.
Of course, facts are facts, and apparently even Spartans have to sleep too. As such, this step should be an easy one to execute.
Without further ado, the next simple way you can get started on improving your self-discipline is through getting enough sleep. It sounds simple, but when we deprive ourselves of sufficient amounts of sleep, it can significantly impact our ability to focus, it can affect our mood, our judgement, and even our general sense of well-being. Not to mention, when we are not well rested, it can make even the simplest of tasks more difficult to accomplish. So in short, getting sufficient levels of sleep is directly linked with our ability to be self-disciplined.
Last we checked, most people crave sleep, so why not allow yourself the luxury of indulging in at least this one thing?
Use these tips to help you get more sleep.
- Start taking naps.
- Stop using a digital device one hour before falling asleep (this one is so hard, but you can do it).
- Sleep no more or no less than 8 hours.
- Have a bed-time routine.
Our next actionable step, like sleep, requires you to keep your eyes shut. However, this step takes quite a bit more effort.
3 – Meditate Your Way to Self-Discipline
Our third tip to strengthen your self-discipline is to meditate. Mediation is a practice of quieting our minds. When done correctly, it can help put our minds at ease, and drown out our hyperactive thoughts. In essence, meditation is actually a practice in disciplining your attention.
Before reading further, if you find that mediation is just too ‘new-age’ a topic for you to even consider, take a look at any of these scientific reviews from the National Institute of Health, webmd.com, and PyschologyToday.com to help you become a believer.
Once done, come on back and I’ll share with you the powerful benefits that mediation can provide to help you improve your self-discipline.
Self-Discipline Benefit 1
The first benefit, is that your mind will gradually become less noisy, allowing for improved focus and clarity. With an improvement in these two areas, you will have a higher tendency to pay attention to the things in your life that really matter. You will have acquired a heightened sense on what is really important and what needs to get done. If you remove your mental distractions, you will set yourself to get more of the right things done. This will in turn, contribute greatly to your ability to become more self-disciplined.
Self-Discipline Benefit 2
The second benefit is that through the practice of meditation itself, you will be simultaneously improving your mental self-discipline. We say this, because meditation is a practice, and it requires you to make and take the time to do it. The great thing is, when you make time to do something as simple as this, on a consistent basis, you are in effect training your ‘self-discipline muscles’.
Self-discipline, like a muscle, can become stronger the more you use it. Similar to how we mentioned early, that being too casual with our self-disciplines can create a downward spiraling effect in our lives (where all other disciplines start to be negatively affected), the same cascading process can occur, but in the opposite direction when the smallest of disciplines (such as mediation) are practiced.
When you start your sessions they don’t have to take up much of your time either. A quality session can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 minutes. Of course, the duration is up to you.
Lastly, if you start this habit, there is a good chance you will also experience other great life enhancing benefits. For instance, people who regularly meditate, have reduced levels of negative emotions, reduced levels of stress, improved immune responses, and an increase in overall mental and physical health. Gaim.com has a terrific beginner’s guide to meditation, so if you are really curious about the ins and outs of this practice, we recommend checking it out.
4 – Read Your Way to Self-Discipline
This last step is simple, but powerful. So don’t let it’s simplicity mislead you. So here it is… reading. That’s right, you can read your way to improved self-discipline. Here’s how.
You see, for almost any area in our lives that we want to improve we must first become students of that subject. And as students we must be open to learning as much about those subjects we wish to master. And in this case, you want to master self-discipline.
As such, you should strive to get your hands on as many self-discipline books as you can. Then become a student of those books. Devour them, pick them apart, and put the self-discipline wisdom you find in each book to work for you.
Like we said, simple….but powerful!
If you’re looking for a good place to start, give this list of popular books on discipline a shot.
Self-discipline can Lead to Happiness
One of our favorite mentor’s once stated that the key to getting all we want in life is through self-discipline. He stressed that for every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards.
We’ve taken this advice to mean, that every discipline affects all other disciplines. When we show discipline, even in the slightest thing, like waking up early, or eating less food, we build our ‘discipline muscles’. These muscles, or rather, habits, start to carry over into other disciplines.
Before we know it, we find ourselves making our bed every morning, making it to meetings on time, actually finishing personal/professional projects we’ve been meaning to wrap up, doing more to help around the house, exercising more, etc., the list will go on and on.
It’s no wonder people who are self-disciplined are happier; they eventually get their lives in order.
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment.” – Jim RohnTweet Quote
The great news is this, you can start working on your increased happiness today. You have a starting point. The four steps we’ve included are not the end-all-be-all of habits to hone to improve your self-discipline. These four steps are simply an ideal place to kick off your new journey towards becoming more self-disciplined.
We’ve given you these bite-sized steps to improve your discipline for a reason. Our hope is that they will increase the likelihood that you will actually start following some of these steps. The goal is that you find it easy to begin your new self-discipline project.
If you get started on these four simple disciplines, the day will come when you’d be effortlessly doing those bigger disciplines. The disciplines that truly lead to significant life change, and consequently, significant happiness.
Thus, our last and final takeaway for you is this, that people with high self-discipline are happier than those without. Self-discipline can be your key to happiness.
So, if you are seeking ways to become happier, and if you are open to improving just about every aspect of your life in the process, it appears that there is no faster way to do both, than through the practice of self-discipline.
Till next time,
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THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-DISCIPLINE FOR SUCCESS
Is there a link between self-discipline and success? Most high-achieving individuals say that although numerous factors contribute to success, there can be no success without self-discipline. While passion, determination, and perseverance are all keys to success, the one thing truly required for success to happen is self-discipline. The importance of self-discipline for success should not be ignored.
Look, setting goals is easy. Anyone can sit down for five minutes and create a list of goals. However, turning those goals into accomplishments doesn’t happen by itself. Bridging that gap between our goals, and the accomplishment of them can only be done with self-discipline.
When you have self-discipline, it’s easier to transform your goals into accomplishments. Understanding the link between success and self-discipline is the first step to becoming self-disciplined and finding success.
We Are the Product of Our Decisions and Choices
And this is why self-discipline is important; because life isn’t a level playing field. Certainly, there are factors that can both ease and inhibit our chances for success, and some people start out in life with more advantages than others. However, in the 21st century, we are largely a product of our personal choices and decisions.
First of all, no matter what cards you were dealt, you have complete control over your attitude. You also have control over how you treat other people and how you treat yourself.
Self-discipline is a choice. Depending on your upbringing and personal struggles, you may have to work harder to become self-disciplined, but the good news is, self-discipline can be learned.
The Unique Qualities of People Who Are Successful
It feels great to be successful, but behind most successful people, there are years of habits, choices, and decisions that most people never suspect of existing.
Almost without exception, successful people:
- Complete tasks high in value first
- Choose to be successful
- Understand the law of attraction
- Commit to lifelong learning
- Have a growth mindset
- Are self-disciplined
The Importance of Self-Discipline
When you learn and master self-discipline, some magical things start to happen. For example:
Self-Discipline Boosts Your Work Ethic
The great thing about success is that it builds on itself. When you experience success, it’s addicting. You automatically want more success. In this way, self-discipline increases your work ethic. The late Jim Rohn, who was a leadership expert and scholar of success, often pointed out that one discipline nearly always leads to another discipline.
You Will Have a Higher Self-Esteem
There is nothing that boosts your self-esteem more than completing a goal or creating an accomplishment. When you’re self-disciplined, you will have far more accomplishments in your life and you will grow to have higher self-esteem.
It Helps You Get Stuff Done
The key to success is getting high-value things done and self-discipline is what helps you get things done. As human beings, we’re biologically engineered to look for shortcuts because shortcuts are efficient. Unfortunately, this means that most of us have to make a concerted effort to get up every day and tackle the hard things.
Self-Discipline Creates Habits
Anytime you can put some areas of your life on autopilot, you’re freeing up time and energy to do the hard things. When you create habits, you’re building self-discipline into your life.
Habits make it easy to stay on track, and self-discipline creates habits.
Being Disciplined Helps You Focus
More than ever, we live in a world that is full of distractions. When you have self-discipline, you are more likely to stay focused on your goals. No one except Mark Zuckerberg ever became successful by being on Facebook all day, and honestly, we doubt he spends all of his time watching kitten videos and posting photos of what he had for lunch.
Self-Discipline Helps You Achieve Mastery
How do you master anything? You have to spend a lot of time practicing and doing. Experts such as Malcolm Gladwell suggest that to master something, you need to spend about 10,000 hours doing it. This can only happen if you’re self-disciplined.
You Realize Your Full Potential
Do human beings have unlimited potential? In a way we do. However, we’re limited by the number of days we have on this earth and the number of hours in the day. Keep this in mind: Uber-successful people like Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk all have the same number of hours in the day as the rest of us.
However, their self-discipline is what sets them apart.
Self-Discipline Can Be Taught (and Learned)
People aren’t born with self-discipline. If we’re fortunate, we were raised in homes where self-discipline was practiced and taught. However, most of us have to find our own paths to self-discipline. The good news is that there is a specific formula for learning to be more self-disciplined.
1. Begin at the Beginning
You can become self-disciplined today by deciding to do the next thing right. However, complete self-discipline and success don’t happen overnight. Start small by setting micro-goals. Once you achieve one goal, you will be motivated to keep going with it.
2. Understand Your Triggers
Are there things that trigger you into distraction or unhealthy habits? Knowing what triggers you is key to becoming self-disciplined.
3. Remove Temptations
Most people have temptations that hold them back from getting things done. In terms of distraction, TV, the internet, social media, and pleasure reading can all be easy temptations that pull us away from what we need to be accomplishing.
Are sweet treats and fad-laden snacks keeping you from achieving your weight and fitness goals? Simply remove them from your home.
4. Explore Your Key Motivators
What motivates you? Have you ever really thought about that? Take a few minutes and write down a list of things that motivate you. It’s seldom the activity itself that is our motivator. For example, few people get excited about exercising. However, the motivator is feeling more energetic and looking better.
Another example is money. You may or may not love your work, but you’re probably motivated by having money in the bank and enjoying the satisfaction of knowing your bills are paid.
5. Create Habits and Routines From Behaviors
Start small by creating some habits that are easy to work into your life. Then, create routines and habits that are in line with your goals. For example, if you want to get more done before noon every day, try going to bed early the night before. Set an early bedtime for yourself and stick to it.
Why Self-Discipline Is Important: It Leads to Success
Are you convinced that the key to success is self-discipline? Hopefully you’ve come to realize the importance of self-discipline through this post, because that was our goal; to empower you with this life-changing insight.
Now, if you don’t have as much self-discipline as you would like, that’s no problem at all. You can start where you are right now and become more self-disciplined. All you have to do is take that first step and keep putting one foot in front of the other. In fact, here are few terrific resources you can use as stepping stones to support you on your journey:
Whatever mistakes and missteps you’ve made in the past, you can always make a different choice right now, today.
Till next time,
PS – If you enjoyed this post on the importance of self-discipline for success, then you’ll love this post on the real ‘secret’ to success.
10 WAYS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS IN 2022
Setting goals is a crucial part of success. No matter what you want to achieve in life, be it in your career, relationships, or in business, identifying what you want to achieve and then making a plan to move toward that destination is one of the most important steps of all.
When you know what you want and the exact outcome you desire, you can then create a plan and take action to get there. This is why setting goals works. Extraordinary people are able to produce amazing results in life because they have a clear goal that they want to achieve in mind. They know what they want, and then they get to work on their goals, every single day.
With that being said, if you want to master yourself, achieve greater results in life, and ultimately make your dreams a reality, you’ll need to learn how to set and achieve your goals. So, here the top 10 ways to achieve your goals in 2022. Enjoy!
Top 10 Ways To Achieve Your Goals This Year
1. Always Keep Your Goals in Your Mind
One of the most common reasons why some people fail at their goals while others succeed at them, is that those who successfully achieved their goals are really adept at keeping their goals top of mind.
Of course, this is easier said than done. But, it is backed up by the one of the most well-known success phrases of all-time…“You become what you think about most of the time”. It’s a phrase that conveys the fact that your life is organized around your thoughts. Hence, your dominant thoughts will determine how you will live your life.
If you always think about having not enough money, guess what, you will not be having enough money. You will find it hard to come up with extra money and there are always more days left at the end of the money.
Your thoughts dictate your life. Tony Robbins once said, “Where you focus goes, energy flows”, thus, if you always think about your goals and focus on them, that’s what you will create in your life. So, always choose to consciously think about your goals.
This is why you need to write down your goals, review them, visualize them, and see yourself achieve them. Make a vision board for your goals if you want to.
2. Make Sure Your Goals Align With Your Inner Values
Next up on the list of top 10 ways to achieve your goals is to ensure they align with your values. Yes, you have to make sure your goals align with your inner values. You don’t want to set a goal that is not in harmony with your values.
For example, if you are someone who values security more than adventure, setting a goal like traveling alone around the world may not work for you. Even if you force yourself to do it, you will not enjoy the progress and the experience.
Here’s another example, many people set income goals. And if money isn’t their main purpose, their goals will never work. They will find it hard to come up with the drive to put themselves into action and they will find ways to sabotage their own success.
This is what happens when your goals conflict with your values. Instead, learn to set goals that align with your inner values. Set goals that make your heart sing.
Related: Goal Setting Mistakes to Avoid
3. Make Your Goals Measurable
Are your goals measurable? Most people set very general and vague goals like, “I want to become rich”, or “I want to be happy”, etc., but these goals are vague, and they are not measurable.
Let me ask you, if your goal is to live a happy life, how do you know when you have achieved it? That’s the problem. When your goal isn’t measurable, you will never know when you have reached it.
So, make your goals quantifiable. Make them measurable so that you can tell when you have reached them. Plus, when something is measurable, you can then come up with a specific action plan to achieve it.
If your goals are not measurable, you will work day and night without knowing if you have reached them.
4. Identify the Lead Measures
Lead measure is an important measure of your goals. Most people focus on their main target or the results they want, but they don’t focus on their lead measures, and this is why they fail.
Your lead measures are the measures that directly impact the results of your goals.
For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, the two main lead measures are exercise and diet. How much time do you spend to exercise each week? And do you track your diet and calorie intake?
You see, these two measures will directly impact your goal of losing weight. If you want to achieve your goal, then all you need to do is to focus on the two lead measures: exercise and diet.
And you hit your exercise and diet target, you will automatically reach your weight loss goal.
Here’s another classic example. If you want to increase your sales, what should you do? You focus on prospecting and presentation. The more prospects you present to, the higher your number of sales. Therefore, the number of prospects you approach, and sales presentation you deliver are the two lead measures you must work on.
When you achieved your lead measure goals, you will achieve your main goal, which is to increase your sales. So, focus and work on the lead measures.
5. Focus on Making Progress
Next, don’t always think about your goals and the results, when it comes to maintaining your momentum, you need to focus on making progress.
As a blogger, one of my goals is to build a huge responsive subscribers list from my blog. But if I focus on the result, the number of subscribers I get each day, I’m going to fail. Why? When I first started, my blog is new and there are no visitors and subscribers.
So, if I think about my goal of having a ton of subscribers, I will feel dejected, lose my motivation, and eventually give up on my blog. Instead, I choose to focus on making progress.
I know that if I want to grow my subscribers, I will need to publish new articles consistently. Hence, I focus on publishing content. Every time I published a new article, I celebrate and reward myself. I feel good about it and it drives me to continue publishing new content.
And so, day after day, I make progress. And slowly, the number of visitors to my blog increases, and the same goes for my number of subscribers.
Can you notice the difference? Having a goal is important, but to achieve your goal, you need to make progress. Hence, it is more important to focus on the progress than to only think about your goals and do nothing.
Let your progress motivate you and get you to your goals.
6. Work on Improving Yourself Every Day
There is no way you can achieve your goals if you don’t improve yourself. You are where you are because of what you know and what you do. If you want to get to a new place, you need to do something different, and that requires you to improve yourself.
I love to give an example of playing games. If the character in your game is at level 3 and you need to fight a level 5 enemy, you will find the enemy difficult to beat. But as you play the game, gain better experience, and level up your character, say to level 8, the same level 5 enemy will be easy to beat.
Therefore, work on improving your level. When the size of you increase, the problem will become a small problem.
It is the size of you that matters, not the size of the problem. If you think you are having a big problem right now, it is because the size of you is small. You must learn to improve yourself so that the problems become no problem for you.
7. Set Goals That Are Fun and Exciting
Think about it, if something isn’t fun or exciting, will you have the motivation to achieve it? Obviously, the answer is no. But unfortunately, that’s what most people do. They set goals that are not fun or exciting to them.
You have to understand that if you want to achieve your goals, your goals must be fun and exciting so that you will want to wake up each morning and work on them. If your goals are boring and uninspiring, you will choose to continue to sleep than to wake up and chase them.
Set a goal that makes your heart sing. Be passionate about your goals and make sure you are excited when you think, talk, and work on your goals.
8. Make Your Goals Challenging
Besides making your goals fun and exciting, you must also make them challenging. Why? Because that’s the only way you can grow.
You see, Albert Einstein once said, “A ship is safe at the harbor, but that’s not why it is built for.” Your life is meant to be fun, exciting, and challenging. You want to live a remarkable life, isn’t it? Hence, make your goals challenging.
Think about it, if you are currently earning $5,000 a month, making an additional $100 isn’t going to make you jump out of your bed in the morning. What you want is to have a goal that is challenging and inspiring.
You want your goals to force you out of your comfort zone so that you can grow and become someone better, and worthy of the goals.
9. Take Baby Steps Each Day
It doesn’t matter how big your goals or how difficult they are, as long as you take baby steps and make progress each day, you will eventually get to your goals.
The key is in making progress every day. You can’t achieve your goals by thinking about them, you need to do something.
There is a saying, “If you swing the ax five times, every day, eventually the tree will fall.” Yes, no matter how big the tree, if you just swing an ax at it just five times a day, it will eventually fall.
The same principle applies to your life and your goals. As long as you take action and persist in working on your goals every day, you will eventually arrive at your destination.
Therefore, be consistent. Commit to taking at least 5 baby steps each day, and trust me, you will achieve your goals faster than you thought possible.
10. Believe in Your Goals and Trust Yourself That You Can Do It
Last up on this list of the 10 ways to achieve your goals is related to belief. You need to believe in your goals and trust yourself that you can do it. First, you must believe that your goals are possible. And second, you must trust that you can achieve them.
When you truly believe you can achieve your goals, you will do whatever it takes to reach them. Think about why people buy lottery tickets. Well, it is because they believe that they stand a chance to win, right? If you don’t believe you stand a chance to win, you will never bother buying the lottery ticket.
The same goes for your goals. When you believe that you can achieve them, you will do it with a 100% commitment rather than a half-hearted attempt.
Therefore, believe that your goals are possible and trust that you can achieve them.
There is no way you are going to achieve your goals if you all you do is sit there and do nothing. Reading this article is good because it helps you understand what you need to do to achieve the results you want, but until you implement the knowledge and take action, nothing is going to happen.
Hence, don’t just think and daydream about your goals and the success you want. Make this year your best year ever by using these 10 ways to achieve your goals. If you need a little reminder, you can always print out or save the summarized tips for achieving your goals below:
It is true that this year has been challenging and tough, but if you keep a positive attitude, focus on your goals, and do what is necessary, you can make 2022 a life-transforming year. Use these goal achieving tips to help you.
Till next time,
PS – We hope you enjoyed these top 10 ways to achieve your goals, but never lose sight of this important fact: Achieving goals doesn’t just magically happen. Goal achievement requires a plan. So, if you truly want to make 2022 a life-transforming year, you’ll want to use this to make it happen.
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