There are many important qualities that can contribute to a person’s overall happiness, but there is one that pays invaluable dividends. Whether you’re setting new goals or trying to live your best life, self-discipline is critical to success in every aspect of your life. Despite what you may think, self-discipline is a learned behavior that requires cultivation and maintenance. Through simple, everyday actions you can strengthen good habits, break bad ones, and focus on things that are most important to you.
1. Acknowledge Your Temptation
Take a good look at how you spend your time and the things that distract you. Think of these distractions as chains that are restricting you from engaging in the things you want. We’ll never come to a place where we completely remove the temptations from our lives, but we must remain committed to maintaining control of our lives. Choosing to not acknowledge the power and hold they have on you will never release you from their bondage.
2. Change Your Perception
When you change your perception, you change your reality. Reflect on your personal narrative and disrupt negative thoughts that you have about yourself. We’ve spent our entire lives becoming the person we are today so it’s unreasonable to think that you’ve gotten everything perfect. Practice the art of self-forgiveness, change your perceptions, and get started on the self-work that will move you towards becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be.
3. Start a Ripple Effect
Decide right now, in this moment, to take the next first step. One small step can lead to bigger steps, which lead to changed behaviors. It’s taken you this long to build the habits you currently have so give yourself grace when you misstep and choose to get back up and try again. Take chances on yourself by trying new strategies and leaning into your discomforts.