How to Develop Discipline

by Ron Haynes

The Practice of Discipline

One of the best definitions of self-discipline is: “Self-discipline is making yourself do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

It is easy to do something when you feel like it. It’s when you don’t feel like it and you force yourself to do it anyway that you move your life, career, relationships, or business towards being the absolute best.

What decisions do you need to make today in order to start moving that direction? Whatever it is, either to get in or get out, make a decision today and then get started. This single act alone can change the whole direction of your life.
goalsetting
Five Steps to Success
Here is a powerful 5 step formula to use to set and achieve your goals for the rest of your life. Successful people have used this formula (or some variation) to achieve much more than the average person. You can use this formula just like other successful people. Here it is:

1. Decide What You Want
Decide precisely what you want in each part of your life. Be very specific and leave the generalities to those who aren’t sure where they are going in life.

2. Put it in Writing
Write what you want on paper using clear using highly detailed language. Thinking on paper will help you clarify your ideas. Make sure you read it every day (preferably several times). Remember: a goal that is not written is not a goal. It’s just a wish and wishes are for fairy tales.

3. Set Up a Timeline with a Deadline
A deadline acts as a target for your energies. If you needed to go to Chicago for a busiess meeting, you would need to know when to be there. Setting a deadline motivates you to do the things necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal, set sub-deadlines as well.

4. Make A List
List everything you are going to have and everything you are going to need to do to achieve your goal. When you think of new items, tasks, or activities, put them on your list. Then arrange your list into priorities, and organize your list into a plan. To create this plan, try putting each idea onto a 3×5 index card and laying them out on a table. Many times, the proper sequence will jump out at you. Then you can decide what you will have to do first and what you will have to do second, what is more important and what isn’t. Finally write out your completed plan on paper, the same way you would develop a blueprint to build a house.

5. Get Going
The fifth step is for you to take action on your plan. Get going and make some progress every day on your goal. Do something 365 days each year. Create a chain of action and NEVER break the chain. You will be absolutely astounded at how much you accomplish when you use this formula in your life every single day. Even if you do just one little thing, every single day you will be making progress, moving you in the direction you have decided to go. You will achieve more than you would ever expect and may achieve your goals faster if you work on some part of your goal every single day without fail.

Overview

Five Steps to Success
• Decide what you want.
• Write it down and look at it every day.
• Set a deadline for achieving this goal.
• Make a list of everything you’ll need to accomplish your goal.
• Get going and do something EVERY DAY that advances you toward your goal. Without fail. Without fail. Do not break your chain!

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[tags]discipline, self discipline, goals, deadline, make a list, success, career, relationships[/tags]

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 997 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.


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{ 4 comments }

Mark B.

Good post. I really need to work on developing more self discipline on myself concerning my time commitments and my personal finances.

Emily

This is a typical list. Nothing new here but it is a good reminder. I did like your idea to work on your goals every single day. That is what I’ll take away from this article.

LP

When our children were young, little did they know that they were being “taught” discipline.
Whether it was who got the largest piece of candy or how much time it took to clean their rooms. And how to take care of their pets.
And to top that off………music lessons. What a great disciplinary tool.
Plus the benefit of what they learned, gave them a sense of accomplishment.

Thanks for the reminder. You have some good and life long suggestions.
I need to remember this myself, now that I’m not teaching it. ;-)

Ron

@ Mark
Thanks for commenting. We ALL probably need to work on those areas. If you have any tips or interesting ideas, pass them along here!

@Emily
You’re right, there is nothing new under the sun, but like you said, it always helps to be reminded. Regarding working on goals every single day, my goal is to make this blog the best in the world and I am diligently working every single day to make that happen.

Let me know what you think!

Ron

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