The secret to becoming more disciplined is simple: You must practice. There’s no magic pill that can make you more focused. Still, some methods can help you get to where you want to go. Here are seven ways to help you become a better person and reach your goals. Whether it is eating healthier or being more productive at work.
Set up rewards
To get started, create a reward system. Make sure the reward is meaningful to you and attainable. Don’t set yourself up for failure by promising yourself a luxury car if you lose 10 pounds. Also, ensure that once you’ve achieved your goal, give yourself some time off without feeling bad about it. Reward yourself with something relaxing. Like going out to dinner or reading a book in bed as soon as possible after achieving your goal. But don’t use food as a reward!
Find the right environment
Your environment can have a significant impact on your ability to be disciplined. If you’re in a bad mood, it’s much harder to stick to your goals and routines.
If you want to be productive and reach your goals, ensure that everything around you is aligned with the person you want to become. This includes the people that surround you but also the music and entertainment choices that are available.
Train your willpower
If you’re serious about improving your self-control, it’s essential to improve your willpower. Many people don’t know their weaknesses in self-control and discipline, so they often aren’t aware of the things that sap their energy or motivation until it causes problems in their lives (or work).
If you want to develop better willpower, the first step is to be aware of the places where discipline matters most for you. Look at any areas where progress has been difficult or stalled recently. These may be areas with low levels of willpower at play. Next, create a plan for how you can consciously improve this area over time.
If working out regularly is an area where progress has stalled lately, then consider creating a plan to improve one aspect of exercise each week. Such as walking for 10 minutes every day after work instead of driving home immediately. After following through on each part consistently through repetition over time (and maybe even celebrating small milestones), move on to another aspect until all aspects have been covered and added to one complete workout routine!
Focus on what matters
Try to stay in the present moment when you can, but if you’re not sure how to do that, here are some tips:
Focus on your breathing
When stressed or anxious, we tend to breathe shallowly and quickly. If you feel stressed while working toward your goals, take a few deep breaths and slow down your breathing as best you can.
Focus on the task at hand—and nothing else!
If certain things get under your skin or pop up in day-to-day life that distracts you from focusing on the task (like social media), try setting aside an hour or so during which only those distractions are banned. This could be called “Social Media Free Time.” You’ll be amazed by how much more productive and focused it will make you feel once that hour is over!
Practice positive self-talk
Positive self-talk is a powerful tool for reaching your goals. It helps you stay motivated, overcome obstacles, and stay on track.
Trying to be more disciplined can feel like there are infinite reasons not to do what you know needs to be done. You might tell yourself that you don’t have time for the workout or that it isn’t worth doing (even though you know better). Or maybe there’s another reason why today won’t work out as far as getting things done.
If they want something badly, you’ve probably seen this in action with children. And if they’re told “no” often enough—it doesn’t take long before they start questioning whether or not their goal is even attainable. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. Just like with kids who want something badly enough but aren’t able quite yet to achieve their goals, we, too, need practice before becoming truly disciplined in our own lives.
If you’re looking to get more disciplined and reach your goals, there are a few things that you can do. The first step is finding an environment where it will be easier for your brain to focus on the task. This could mean turning off all other distractions or taking a walk outside, which helps reset your mindset. Then set up rewards for yourself when you complete certain milestones along the way (like celebrating with some chocolate!). Finally, focus on what matters most by writing down goals and creating plans for each one so they fit into your daily routine!