What comes to mind when you hear the word self-discipline? It can often sound like a negative term where we visualise ourselves chained to a desk for days on end, or forcing ourselves to do 100 push-ups a day (Ouch!). Perhaps we need to change our view about self-discipline?
Self-discipline stretches our will power, work ethic and persistence muscles. Sounds like the muscles we need for success…Interesting.
Self-discipline gives you more control over your day, projects, work situation and family life so that instead of scrabbling to meet ends with all areas of your life, you are able to regulate yourself and achieve excellence. It promotes time management and effective planning so that the goals you need to meet are achieved.
At Global Training Institute we ensure that when you are completing a qualification with us, you are able to plan it into your life in a constructive and effective way.
So how do we strengthen these self-discipline muscles?
- Set aside time to plan and achieve tasks every day. You need to decide what time is most effective for this to happen. Maybe you have a clear mind in the morning while drinking your coffee…or perhaps you like to plan the day ahead before you go to bed at night. As long as you set aside time every day to plan, you will begin to find yourself becoming more productive and disciplined in completing the tasks you outline.
- Don’t allow distractions! Often people try to delegate work to you that isn’t actually your responsibility. Be aware of this and pass it on to the appropriate person. If you continually take on tasks that are not your responsibility, they will distract you from the important things.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you are working on a project or have a situation where you really don’t know the answer or are struggling with a strategy, don’t be afraid to ask someone with the appropriate knowledge for assistance. It is a time waster to continue pondering over possibilities, when someone else will know straight away what to do!
- Delegate, delegate, delegate! If you know what work you are not suited for, or have work piling up that is not your responsibility, find people that are happy to take the work on for themselves.
- Find an accountability partner. No matter what area of your life you are struggling with self-discipline in, find someone who is good in that area and can help you! It’s always a push knowing someone will ask you about your progress.
These five tips will help you be self-disciplined so that you can achieve your goals in any area of your life.