What is self discipline?
Self discipline is the act of setting a realistic but challenging goal and sticking to it. You probably associate self-discipline with top level athletes and with owners of multi-million dollar businesses. While it is true that these people have tons of self-discipline, they’re not the only ones. Your friend who kept going to the gym after he or she said they would has self-discipline. Your other friend who got in the habit of waking up at 5:30 also has plenty of discipline. By reading this, you can also learn how you can build self-discipline.
Misconceptions when learning how to build self-discipline
As described in this video, one of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to start a new habit is by giving up an old habit cold turkey. This is often a case of putting too much pressure on yourself and not being realistic. After all, the success rate of most diets is very low in the long term because humans are predictably build on habits. If you’re someone who plays video games for 3 hours a day, going straight to zero will almost certainly fail. However, you can bring yourself down to 2 per day for a few months, and then down to 1. You might then use that hour as a reward for yourself, stating for example. For example, you might state that since you went to the gym today, you’ve earned an hour of video games. Just make sure that the reward doesn’t clash with the accomplishment. Saying you’ve earned an entire cake today because you stayed off of sweets yesterday isn’t going to work.
The important thing to remember is that reaching your goals won’t happen over night. You’re not going to wake up one morning 20 pounds lighter than you were yesterday, so remember to take small steps and give yourself a pat on the back when you reach your next step.