“Discipline is remembering what you want.”
– David Campbell
I’m trying to stay strong. For the past four days I’ve had 10 lbs. of Halloween candy practically taunt me! How is it some people have amazing self-discipline while others have none at all?
I admit that I struggle. I’m much better than my younger self but still have a long way to go. And I believe when it comes to creating positive habits and setting goals – in life, health and relationships – self-discipline is a top trait for success.
As we enter the holiday season – knowing they are filled with temptations and stress (and let’s hope some fun, too!), I keep asking myself, how does one become more disciplined – and (studies show) happier because of it? Here are a few facts I discovered:
Some people just seem to be born with it – but the truth is self-discipline is actually a learned behavior and requires practice and day-to-day repetition.
When you develop a strong sense of what’s important to you it’s easier to make the right decisions re. your health, work ethic, relationships, etc. You spend less time debating whether to indulge in behaviors that counter your goals and ultimately have an easier time making the right decision.
Disciplined individuals remove the impulse quotient from their day-to-day behaviors and stick to habits and rational decisions. By doing so it lessens daily stress (not allowing yourself to engage in that internal struggle justifying why you should do this or eat that.)
TIPS TO INCREASE SELF-DISCIPLINE:
1. Remove the temptations. Obvious enough but it needs to be said. If you struggle with food, remove the bad and replace with good. If you can’t manage your time well, get a productivity app and/or turn off the distractions – cell phone, facebook, email, etc. so you can focus on the task at hand.
2. Stop with the excuses. “I have no willpower!” just doesn’t cut it. In fact, like so many things in life, sometimes you just need to make the decision to change your thoughts and behaviors will follow. There’s NEVER a perfect time, just do it now.
3. Nurture yourself. We all know healthy habits – eating well, getting enough sleep, etc. are vital to staying both physically and mentally strong. Studies show that low blood sugar often weakens resolve so make sure you’re eating healthy options regularly throughout the day. This practice alone should do wonders when it comes to strengthening self-discipline.
It’s important to remember that improving oneself is a journey – it’s okay to stumble (we all will!) but the key thing is you just need to keep moving forward. And considering the holidays are around the corner, make sure to celebrate your progress and schedule in your moments of bliss… you’ll succeed because of it!
Thanks so much for your business. Wishing you a month of bliss!
– Jennifer (& Mark) McNamara, Bliss & Vinegar Owners