6 core elements of self discipline
- Showing Up
- You have to show up and do the work every day. It’s the first step in self-discipline because it’s where you choose long-term goals over immediate comforts or distractions.
- Showing up means engaging in your goals with full presence and commitment. This principle underscores the importance of consistently engaging in your goals, both physically and mentally.
- Energy and Time Management
- Spend time prioritizing what matters and when you work best. Schedule your priorities. Self-discipline thrives when you efficiently use your efficiently using time and energy.
- This means prioritizing tasks, setting achievable goals, and steering clear of procrastination. Focus on what you have defined as important.
- When you connect with your purpose, you feel more motivated and you always remember your WHY.
- Having purpose and connection makes your goals more meaningful. It becomes the driving force that keeps you on track, especially when faced with challenges.
- Willpower is integral to self-discipline because it involves resisting short-term temptations for long-term gains. Self-control regulates your thoughts, emotions, and actions.
- Willpower also means accountability to yourself and others. It helps you build that daily discipline through choice and focus.
- You can’t be disciplined and choose to grow if you aren’t honest with yourself. This helps with increasing your willpower, being consistent, and knowing your true purpose.
- Take time to reflect. Understand your strengths, weaknesses, and emotional triggers through reflection. This helps in adjusting your strategies to ensure they align with your goals and creating personal growth.
- Resilience is about being able to overcome the unexpected. It means knowing that there will be challenges and preparing to overcome those challenges.
- Resilience is exemplified by the Marshmallow Test’s lesson in delayed gratification. They highlight the importance of focusing on long-term goals and the fulfilling rewards of discipline that often come after a period of waiting.
“Through self-discipline comes freedom.” – Aristotle
With thanks to Coach AJ