Keys to Building Self-Discipline

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November 18, 2013 — 2,229 views  
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Self-discipline is the best solution to stay away from the dangers and repercussions that are associated with laziness, procrastination and lethargy. Self-discipline is the key to unlocking your true potential and one of the most important aspects of retaining momentum. It is easy to start a productive routine, but very difficult to keep it going with this momentum that self-discipline can provide. As a working individual, building your self-discipline is vital in progressing and attaining professionalism.

Even though self-discipline holds such importance and benefits, it is not something that is easily achieved. Self-discipline helps you remain focused on what is important and become more efficient, effective and productive. It helps you to perform at your maximum potential and cultivate a stronger mindset. Certain strategies and tips that can help you build your self-discipline to extract its benefits are:


Understanding yourself is one of the most important aspects to build self-discipline. Accepting your limitations, realizing the excuses you generally make, identifying negative thoughts, emotions, and impulses and understanding how you can sabotage your progress are the first steps while starting to build self-discipline. After realizing them, it is important to identify when such thoughts enter your mind and to do away with them.

Making a Plan and Setting Goals

Making a realistic and achievable plan to path out your self-discipline building process can help you through the procedure. Keeping plans and goals in sight help to serve as a constant reminder or as something to work towards. They also help to make-up for low willpower and serve for feedback and a review on your progress. It is important to keep goals realistic to match your specific capabilities so you avoid feeling disheartened.

Being Accountable

One of the best ways to make sure that you stick to your self-discipline building plans and achieve necessary goals is to create an accountability system. A system that provides a means to hold you responsible for your results can really help you follow a routine. The best system is one with social interaction, where you are accountable to and kept in check by other people who are supportive of your goals.

Being Consistent

Consistency is very important when it comes to building self-discipline. The whole idea of self-discipline revolves around consistency. By being consistent with performed routines you are in a way practicing self-discipline. While creating goals and routines for yourself, it is important that you select those that can be done consistently. You should be able to achieve this on a regular basis over an extended period of time. Making resolutions that can be achieved consistently is more important than setting an attractive resolution. They help you to harness the power that is associated with a habit.

Avoiding Triggers and Enablers

Enablers are people that function in a way that is opposite to what accountability partners can help you with. They lead you back into bad routines or stop you from achieving set goals. It is best to avoid such people to successfully develop your self-discipline. Triggers are stimuli that can cause instinct reactions from a lack of awareness which deter self-discipline building. It is best to consciously try and stay away from such negative effects to the self-disciplining process.

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