As Jocko Willink says, discipline is the root, of all good qualities, but discipline can be difficult to develop, it’s a muscle, and once you keep working it the stronger it get’s but starting out and taking to to new levels as well can be a little tricky, so here’s a few ways that you can master self discipline
DON’T WAIT DO IT NOW
There are so many people, that just wait for the ‘right moment’ to do something, but the right moment isn't coming, if you want to develop discipline you need to do it now, no matter how you feel. Once you can get up and push yourself you’ll be able to get the ball rolling, so don’t wait for the right moment to start your new diet, or to go to the gym, do it right now to build up the discipline instead of blowing things off
As we’ve already talked about a few times, our environment plays a huge role in our productivity and our decisions, if it’s in our environment, it’s on your mind, and what you think about, will eventually be what you act out: A study done by Cornell University found that Women who kept soft drinks on their counter weighed 24 to 26 pounds more than those who didn’t.
So if you want to control yourself more, and discipline yourself more, remove things that could pull you away from work, don’t have your phone on your desk while working, block every website you can that could distract, remove any temptation that could pull you away from what you’re doing, and you’ll have a lot more self control and disciplined focus
DON’T WAIT FOR IT TO FEEL RIGHT
Our emotions are processed in part of the brain called the basal ganglia, and our decisions are processed in the prefrontal cortex, When a behavior becomes a habit, we stop using the prefrontal cortex and we go to autopilot, we stop having to make decisions about it, it becomes a habit for us. So it’s never going to feel right, it’s never going to be automatic until you start to actually do it
And when you do it enough times, then it becomes a habit, so you have to just get up and do it no matter how you feel - because it will become easier, the discipline will slowly become easier