Self-discipline is a habit we can all learn.
As with any discipline, self-discipline involves sacrifice.
Self-disciple is the master key to wisdom and to a great life.
Self-discipline guarantees success because it strengthens our character to overcome obstacles.
1. Thinking. Take time daily to think, think clearly. Solitude is a powerful thinking tool. Take time to reflect on your experiences and perspectives from mentors. We are the products of our own thinking. Proper thinking is a learned skill.
2. Courage. It takes courage to change. It takes courage to force ourselves to do what we don’t want to do. Have the courage to face your fears and your fears will wither in the presence of courage. Courage is the key component of character. Practice courage whenever courage is needed. Have the courage to begin, to endure, and to finish what you start.
3. Goal setting. Discipline yourself to set daily goals or others will do it for you. It takes focus and concentration to set realistic and achievable goals. Write down goals that are specific and dated. We CAN live a life by design when we set long term goals.
4. Money Management. Save and invest. Set a goal for your financial independence. Get out of debt and stay out of debt forever. Have compound interest working for you and not against you. If you can’t save money then success is not for you. Reframe your thinking and views about money. Stop associating money with pleasures and entertainment. Avoid making money mistakes like buying financing new cars.
5. Time management. Spend more time planning. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Make a daily list of what needs to be done, preferably the day before, and prioritize it. Do what is important first. Tackle the big task first thing in the morning.
6. Continuously learn. Work harder on yourself and you do at your work. Read the right books, listen to the right audios, and attend seminars to associate with the right people. Self-discipline is a lifetime assignment. Take it seriously and you will acquire valuable skills.
7. Work hard and persist. Nothing takes place of hard work and persistence. Eliminate time wasters. When you are working, do work. Work is not fun time, fun is for later. Fun ought to be the reward for hard work. We can only do smart work after we have done the hard work. Persist in the face of adversity. Persistence is the measure of self-discipline.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy