If you were to measure your self-discipline, where would you place yourself on a scale of 1 to 10? Think about it, and be honest with yourself.
How can you measure it honestly? Ask yourself the following questions:
- When you make a promise, trivial or important, do you keep it?
- How often do you change your mind when you decide about something?
- Do you get up in the morning intending to do something, only to postpone it for later, and when the day is over, it is still not done?
- When a certain action, task or chore is difficult and takes time to accomplish, do you go through with it, or quit after a while?
Self-discipline is one of the cornerstones of achievement, not just the achievement of big goals, but also the achievement, and carrying out of simple daily tasks and chores.
Without a certain degree of self-discipline you act like a jelly fish. You get carried away by external forces, the environment, the media, family or colleagues. Possessing self-discipline means to hold the steering wheel of your life and to become a doer, instead of a drifter.
Don’t feel too bad if you stand at zero, 1 or 2, on the scale of self-discipline. This can be changed.
Do you make a lot of promises to yourself and to others, but never follow through with them? This will ultimately, lead people to stop believing and trusting you. If you want people to respect you and to trust you, you need to show that you are a person, who does what he says.
If you want to get promoted at your job, if you want to make progress in your life, or if you wish to be regarded as a person who keeps his or her word, you need to develop a certain degree of self-discipline.
It’s so easy to be distracted and being pulled here and there. People might tell you things, persuade you to do what they want, and you soon change directions. You might let laziness and procrastination rule your life. You might also not make the right priorities in your life. These are a few of the obstacles that destroy the ability to follow what you promise to do, but these obstacles can be surmounted.
I suggest you begin, by reading this article, and practicing the exercises it offers. This would be a good start. The article offers a few simple exercises for developing inner strength, which equals discipline. It is a skill which you can develop and improve, like any other skill, and is worth your time and effort.