3 Tips On Discipline – Ensuring Goal Achievement & Success

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Discipline is all about developing habits over time.

It is the ability to work at a goal even when you don’t feel like it. The following 3 points will train your mind to do this.

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For me personally, I believe there is a positive and a negative way to go about discipline & motivation. It’s almost a carrot and stick analogy. Use the carrot until the carrot stops working, then don’t be afraid to use the stick.

But in terms of how to develop discipline, you have to develop a daily routine. We all know that physical and mental health are improved due to healthy daily routines, and routines are therefore crucial for life success and happiness. So with that in mind, here are my top tips for developing a disciplined mind:

  • Develop a morning routine – The most important thing is to wake up at the same time every morning, preferably before 10am. Preferably much earlier. The only reason I wake up at 8am instead of earlier is because it’s unrealistic to expect that to last consistently, throughout the winter and still get 8 hours of sleep every night. For most of you young guys, there are too many external distractions at uni. It’s a pain but oh well. You then need to review your long term goals, and crucially, your goals for the day. Implementing small rewards for yourself as motivation for achieving daily goals is also very useful. This means in relation to diet, this could be to stick to your required calories. Finally, cold showers are awesome. Admittedly, this sounds extreme especially in the winter, but they are a useful tool for developing grit/strength of character.
  • Develop an evening routine – This is arguably just as important. You need to recover in order to be prepared for the next day. In order for this to happen, ideally you need to be going to sleep at roughly the same time every night. Unfortunately, this is really difficult if you are at uni, especially if I want to maintain a decent social life. There’s always a trade-off! :/ So there are some days where productivity falls. Reading a book and/or meditating are great ways to calm you down and prepare you to sleep.
  • Use the stick – Fear, failure and negativity are all generally undesirable in life. But they can be very powerful stimuli for change when used appropriately. Learning from failures is a huge component of success. If you have multiple ambitious goals, get used to failing!! Failing isn’t the issue. How you deal with it is. In regards to developing discipline and strength of character, think of past failures and how they emotionally affected you. Do you want to feel this pain again? No? Get to work then. Also, what potential pain could you experience if you don’t achieve your goals? Think about it and feel it. Then go & get to work.

 

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2 thoughts on “3 Tips On Discipline – Ensuring Goal Achievement & Success”

  1. What would be the best balance so that you are incorporating social life into your weekly routine given that most students don’t know what they are doing from day-to-day and are usually quite spontaneous?

    1. Yeah if you’re going out as a student then your evening routine goes out of the window for that given night. As long as you get back on with it the following evening you will be fine. The main thing is: don’t get really drunk. It’s definitely negative returns after a certain amount of drinking, yet so many people still seem to push on regardless and are too hungover to do anything the next day!

      You can have a good night and not be bed ridden the following day. But if you do have a slight hangover, then cold showers and coffee are the best things – try them.

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