50 Printable Winner Certificate Templates
50 Printable Winner Certificate Templates to use in business, marketing and sales. See here below.
Self discipline is vitally important to your success. Success doesn’t happen overnight; you cannot work at it for a couple of days and expect it to happen. Success requires sustained action over the course of years. To do that you need to have discipline. Attitude, talent, skill, and even luck will only take you so far; it is discipline that gets you over the hump.
Unfortunately, our society self-discipline has always been a rare trait. It is about learning how to delay gratification, about taking action today for a reward years down the road. It is human nature to have trouble with this, and our society further erodes it. Consumerism, buy now, and easy credit makes it harder and harder to develop the habit of self discipline.
It can be developed though. You can consciously work on yourself to develop it.
Goal setting is a key component of self discipline. Self-discipline is taking action that you don’t want to right that second. If you don’t have a goal, you can’t take appropriate action. Your efforts are unfocused and your results will be varied across the board. You need to know where you want to go.
Break Things Down
A lot of self discipline is beating procrastination. We procrastinate for a lot of reasons. One is intimidation. We are intimidated by many of the things we need to do. We know they need to be done; we know they are good for us. But if they lay just on the other side of our comfort level we avoid it. We work on easier things, because they are comfortable. We seek comfort and avoid pain
If you break things down into smaller, more comfortable steps you will find things much easier. Don’t worry about step 3, 4, or 5. All you need to do is take the next step in front of you. On “The Secret”, one of the experts uses driving at night as an analogy. Your headlights only let you see about 200 feet ahead of you, but you can drive across the country like that because all you need to worry about is driving that next 200 feet, then the next, and then the next
Use Pleasure and Pain
The enemy of self-discipline is procrastination. We avoid things we believe to be unpleasant, pure and simple. Most of us are pain-motivated…meaning we make evaluations based on the amount of pain our options will cause in the near term.
Taxes are the classic example of this. We avoid the paperwork because it is far more unpleasant than not doing it. One day, usually April 14th, our calculation will change…we will associate more pain with NOT doing them so we rush to get them finished and in the mail.
You can use this to your advantage. Learn to associate pleasure with the things you need to do, and pain when you avoid them. Set up a reward system. If you do what you need to do for a given period of time, reward yourself. If you don’t…then there needs to be a punishment. If you are in sales, set a goal for X number of calls a week (say, 50). If you make all your calls, you get to take the weekend off. If you don’t you have to work on Saturday. You could also set up a little time bank for a hobby you enjoy. For every call you make, you get a token worth 10 minutes
Find a Partner or Mentor to keep you accountable
Everyone who is successful hits a period where they are their own boss. It could be obvious, where they are self employed. Or it could be more subtle, such as someone saving money and acting as their own money manager. The point is you will have to make decisions about how to do it, when to do it, and how much…just like a boss
The problem is that we tend to be easy bosses. We know we are a great employee, and we are willing to let ourselves slide from time to time. It’s easy to do, but it’s also a great way to fail. You need to have someone in your life that is willing to step in once in a while and be the boss. Someone who can objectively tell you what you need to do and call you out when you don’t do it.
Is there something that keeps you from doing what you know you need to do? Do your best to eliminate the distraction. If the TV distracts you from doing your bills, turn it off (better yet, take care of your bills in a room with NO TV). If you are on a diet, then do not keep food you shouldn’t eat in your fridge.
In my own life, I used to have all kinds of trouble getting distracted when I should have been writing. So I set up an office that was away from everything else in my house. It was my own little domain (my wife called it my cave); I kept it as spartan as possible. I got a computer for it and only installed the programs I needed for my work (l used to find myself playing computer games). I also had to limit the times I would check e-mail, because I tended to constantly check it and allow myself to be pulled in too many directions
Set Yourself up for Success
It is much easier to be self disciplined when you’re successfully accomplishing something. If you see the small victories, it helps a lot. You should always set yourself up to win. It sure beats losing…
The key is knowing yourself. When do you do your best work? How do you learn best (learning style)? What kind of environment do you work best in? Once you know all of these you can set up your workspace to fit your needs, you can do your most important work in your most productive times and save your less productive tasks for other times, and you can choose the best learning methods for new material.
Be Accountable, but don’t beat yourself up.
If self-discipline wasn’t hard, you wouldn’t be reading about it now. It can be tough, and you are going to slip up sometimes. Admit you made a mistake; listen to your mentor and/or partner when they point it out. Correct the problem and move on do it again and do it right.
What you have to avoid is beating yourself up too bad. If you are too hard on yourself, your setback could easily become a self-esteem issue. You can start to believe you just can’t do it, or that you have no business doing it, or that you aren’t worthy. You can you do and you are. Learn from your mistakes and focus on next time.
The winner isn’t remembered for how many times he failed…but how many times he got back up and succeeded.