How to improve self-discipline

If you want to know how to improve self-discipline, read on…

All desire, impulses, physical sensations, etc. are driven by your mind

Imagine you are happy now, and you can make yourself happier. It’s not about what you are going through, rather it is what you THINK about your experience that counts – it is your thoughts that lead to feelings and consequent decisions.

Self-discipline is a negative force that must be used in a positive way

It’s the denial of something else that makes it hard to be disciplined. Such as denying yourself that doughnut in pursuit of a leaner body. Make sure that you associate your self-discipline with positive ideas, too. Don’t just think of denying yourself the chocolate cake slice “ think of getting rid of your fat pants. Focus on the positive outcome, not the sacrifice.

There is no discipline without a goal

I can exercise self-discipline to prevent myself from touching a watermelon for the rest of my life -but it makes no sense and it can’t be articulated as a meaningful goal. Without a goal, your self-discipline is a waste of time.

To get self-discipline, zero in on gratitude

Remember that you have been given the opportunity to make your own decisions and that’s something to be exceptionally grateful for.

Apply your mind today to the concept of self-discipline
 Establish a pattern: no carbs after 6 pm, no more trading stocks without studying financials, no more credit card debt, whatever you are attempting to achieve. It is as simple as flipping a switch in your mind. People may tell you that is not true, but let me give you a final example: do NOT imagine a blue elephant. Do NOT picture it in your mind.

When you can read that and not imagine a blue elephant, you get a picture of what real self-discipline can be

Just focus your mind on goals, not the problem itself. I think visualizing your condition once you’ve completed the goal is as important “ or even more important “ than trying to avoid negative behavior. That is what self-discipline is all about.

M xx

Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

Mandy Kloppers
Author: Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

You may also like...