Whether it is losing weight, focusing better at work, making more friends, or something else, most people want to improve their lives. Unfortunately, sometimes our own self-discipline is holding us back from self-improvement. Yet, there are several things you can do to improve your self-discipline.
Write Down the Reason
Whether you make a list or write out a paragraph, writing down the reason or reasons why you want to achieve a specific goal can be helpful. When you struggle to achieve your goal, refer back to that list.
Ask Friends and Family to Help
Let your friends and family know you about your plan. Tell them to remind you when you are falling back into your bad habit. Repeated reminders are more likely to help you achieve self-discipline. When appropriate, you may even want to have a friend or family member join in your goal of greater self-discipline. Then you can remind each other.
Have Visual Reminders
Post-it notes on your bathroom mirror, papers stuck to your fridge, and other visual reminders throughout your home or office may also help you to remember your goal. You may even want to set an alarm on your phone, reminding you of your goal.
Prepare a Plan
It is important to know what you are going to do when temptation arises. If your plan is to be friendlier to people, and someone is rude to you, how are you going to respond? If you want to lose weight and eat healthier, what are you going to do when someone at work brings in your favorite sugary treat to share? If you already know how you want to respond, you are more likely to be able to handle the temptation.
Make Sure Your Goal is For You
You are more likely to achieve your goal if it is something you want to achieve rather than just something you are doing to make someone else happy.
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