How are you doing with your goals for 2020? You can keep yourself moving toward your goals with self-discipline. Here is how:
Know Why You Want that Goal
The first thing you need to do to ensure you can reach a goal is to understand your “why” for wanting it. If it isn’t a good enough reason, you may fall short. You need to have a specific reason that emotionally propels your forward. For example, if you are trying to lose weight because you want to look good, but your belief system deep down says that is vain, you might not be able to follow through or may find yourself procrastinating. But if your reason for wanting to lose weight is more significant, such as boosting your self-confidence or your health so you can achieve greater goals with your innate talents and gifts, then you may have found the driving force that will push you up hill when it gets hard to stick to your goals.
Visualize the End
Know exactly where you are going with this goal? What will it look like or feel like when you accomplish what you have set out to? If you live as-if you are already there, it can stimulate your thought and energy toward taking action because of how you feel. Many times this is also a way to put you into the mindset of being prepared to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves that will be instrumental in completing tasks to achieve your desired outcome. Another method that works for building self-discipline is visualizing the steps you’ll take to achieve your goals.
Picture yourself waking up right when your alarm goes off, getting ready for the day and doing what you need to from start to finish to feel accomplished! And that leads us to the 3rd way to ensure self-discipline…
Outline Your Plan
It is much easier to wake up and do what you need to do to reach your goals if you know the details. The baby steps needed to get to where you are going are much easier if you have them outlined. A lot of people will call these bite size chunks of a big project. It is also helpful if you designate the amount of time you will work on it and schedule it on your calendar. If it is a project for your job, break it down and decide what to do when as on a process flow chart. Even if it is a personal goal such as exercising, put an alarm on your phone to remind you to go to the gym or go out for a walk. Build the process into your daily schedule and you will find it will be easier to create self-disciplined.
You’ve Got This!
Self-discipline is a combination of identifying your goals and prioritizing the choices that move you toward attaining them. However, self-control isn’t something you can master overnight. Just like any muscle in your body, self-discipline takes time to build. With practice and effort, you can improve, grow, and become the best version of yourself possible.
Hearts & Hugs,
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