Discipline gave my life purpose; it gave me purpose. 2017 was the worst and craziest year of my life. My boyfriend and I had broken up after 2 years of dating, I hated that three years after graduating college I was still living at home with my parents, my self-esteem was at an all time low, I was in a car accident and I got arrested that year as well. So as you can see, 2017 was pretty terrible. My drinking (my alcohol career) was also taking a turn for the worst. In 2018, I decided that I was going to take back control of my life and quit drinking. I would achieve a few days or weeks of sobriety in the beginning and then would start drinking again but when I made an earnest effort, I managed to stay sober for 7 months. That didn't last long and it wouldn't be until September 24, 2019 when I got help and stayed sober for 1 year and 9 months. I share this because my motivation to be disciplined came from not wanting to drink anymore and it opened up a realm of possibilities I never could have imagined. And it has been a journey but one I don't regret.
Let's go to January 2020 when I signed up to run a marathon because I was trying to find meaning in life and decided that running this marathon would give me that. Little did I know the world would shut down due to COVID-19, postponing the race for a year and a half. I trained on and off for the marathon during that year and a half and this is what really set me on fire for discipline. During this time, I learned A LOT about myself and what I was capable of achieving. The sense of confidence, self-esteem, self-love, and belief in myself was like nothing I had ever felt before. My whole self-concept was changing for the better and I felt like I had finally "arrived." It was a great feeling!
I was running if not everyday, every other day for a year and a half. Also during this time, I would meet an amazing, influential guy who changed my whole outlook on life. He helped me to unlock capabilities I never even thought were possible for myself:
Workout for 200 consecutive days
Run 200 miles in 2 weeks
Run 40 miles in 1 day
Train at all hours of the day and night
A mindset shift that would change my life for the better
If someone would have told me, I was going to do this before I did it...I would have told them: no way, not me, you got the wrong women beause ain't no way lol. But I did it!
So what exactly is discipline? Discipline is a multifaceted concept that encompasses a range of behaviors and attributes associated with self-control, order, and the pursuit of goals. At its core, discipline is learning and applying intentional standards to achieve meaningful objectives, goals or outcomes. Many people associate discipline with the physical discipline (working out, lifting, running, eating healthy, etc). However discipline is more mental than anything. After 5 years of cultivting discipline, there are three keys that helped me cultivte discipline: self-motivation, self-control, and self-determination. Let's talk about it.
Discipline is the cornerstone of personal growth and goal achievement, requiring a combination of self-motivation, self-control, and self-determination. Self-motivation serves as the engine that propels you toward your objectives, igniting the inner drive to pursue your aspirations. It's the force that keeps you focused and committed, even in the face of challenges. Self-control acts as the link, guiding actions and decisions in alignment with long-term goals, allowing you to resist distractions and temptations. Self-determination, the unwavering resolve to make choices and set goals, reinforces discipline, ensuring that you persist through setbacks, adapt to change, and keep moving forward. Together, these elements empower you to cultivte discipline and navigate the journey toward success and self-improvement with purpose and resolve.
When people think or hear of discipline, they think of waking up at 5am, working out 5-6x a week to get fit and I'm here to tell you, discipline is more than that. Yes those are great ways to cultivte discipline but those are NOT the only ways to cultivte discipline. Discipline is the key to achieving success in all areas of life. It requires commitment, consistency, and a strong mindset. Below are 8 practical steps and strategies to help you cultivte discipline and harness its power to accomplish your goals.
Set Clear and Specific Goals: Define your objectives with clarity. Establish SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals that align with your long-term vision.
Develop a Routine: Create a structured daily routine that supports your goals. Set aside dedicated time for essential activities such as work, study, exercise, and personal development. Stick to your schedule as closely as possible, avoiding distractions and temptations.
Prioritize and Focus: Identify your most important tasks and prioritize them accordingly. Eliminate non-essential activities and distractions that hinder your progress. Practice single- tasking, giving your full attention and energy to one task at a time, increasing efficiency and effectiveness.
Practice Self-Discipline: Train yourself to overcome impulses and distractions. Build self-control by gradually increasing the duration of focused work or resisting temptations. Practice delayed gratification, rewarding yourself only after completing important milestones or tasks.
Maintain a Positive Mindset: Believe in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. Surround yourself with positivity and inspirational resources. Replace negative self-talk with affirmations and visualize your success. Embrace failures as learning opportunities and stay resilient in the face of challenges.
Create Accountability: Find an accountability partner or join a supportive community to hold you responsible for your actions. Share your goals, progress, and challenges with them regularly. Their encouragement and feedback will help you stay on track and motivated.
Learn from Mistakes: Embrace failures as stepping stones to success. Analyze your mistakes objectively, identify areas for improvement, and adjust your approach. Use setbacks as opportunities for growth and course correction, ultimately strengthening your discipline.
Celebrate Milestones: Acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments along the way. Reward yourself for reaching significant milestones, reinforcing positive behavior and motivating continued discipline.
We can definitely dig deeper into all those strategies and flesh them out but these are 8 practicial strategies, you can start doing today. Remember, discipline is a habit that can be cultivated, and with perseverance, it will become an integral part of your journey towards personal growth and achievement.
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Food for Thought: It's within you to succeed! Start making room for what you prayed for...it's on the way. Discipline is the strongest form of self-love.
Scribbles Pooh <3