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7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Discipline

Self-Discipline is a skill that can be learned just like any other skill. Below are 7 Ways to Improve Your Self-Discipline.

1. Establish a morning routine – Establishing an early morning and an evening routine is perhaps a habit that pays off by improving yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. Rather than hitting the snooze button, do the most important thing of the day, take care of you. Get up when you say you will, meditate or pray for your spiritual side, eat something healthy, listen to something motivating, and get your body moving with some sort of exercise.

2. Establish an evening routine – Establishing an evening routine is as important as a morning routine. An evening routine prepares you for good sleep by winding your mind down. Some ideas are to review the day by writing in a journal the things that you did well and not so well (include what you will do the next time that happens), ask your partner what was the best thing of their day or the most challenging (no complaining – it’s an opportunity to learn), line up your 3 small goals you’d like to accomplish for the next day, read an inspirational book, avoid the news and social media before bed, maybe enjoy a light massage from your partner. When practiced, all of these prepare your mind to that it’s time to sleep.

3. Set Daily Goals – The best way to achieve long-term goals is to chunk them down into doable, actionable items. Commit to doing 3 small steps each day towards a goal that you’re working on, and do it, no matter how much you don’t like to or if it feels uncomfortable or scary. Just do it, you’ll feel immensely better after.

4. Be Organized – Being self-disciplined requires self-organization. By staying on top of things and keeping your working space and files organized, you’ll create less stress for yourself, feel more energy and enthusiasm for your day and your work, and can be totally focused on the task at hand.

5. Meditate or Pray Daily – This practice does not need to be religious, it’s simply a way to quiet your mind. There are many benefits to a meditative, pray or mindfulness practice, some are improving brain function, support focus and concentration, decreasing stress, and releasing negative thoughts. Start at 5 minutes per day and work your way up to 20 minutes.

6. Practice Gratitude – By developing a practice of being in gratitude, you’re focusing on the good things that you have, not on lack. Simple things like saying thanking those you love and telling them why go a long way to improving relationships and making both you and another feel happy. Starting a gratitude journal is a beautiful way to focus your gratefulness for the things in your life. It takes only a few minutes to do each day, perhaps you can incorporate into your morning or evening routine. When you feel down, you can refer to your journal and realize how rich and abundant you really are.

7. Read – Many years ago, the wealthy all had libraries. Today, all successful people read, it’s a requirement for personal growth. The old adage that leaders are readers are true. Reading provides deeper insight, access to new concepts, help achieve goals and increases your probability of success significantly. Today, you can listen to audiobooks and podcasts as well as read via kindles. Invest in yourself today by reading.

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Terri O'Brien

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