You Need More Focus! Here’s how to stay self-disciplined
The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.
Not everyone is inherently self-disciplined.
In fact, it can be very challenging to learn discipline on your own as an adult if you weren’t taught it as a child. You have to tell yourself what to do and then carry it out; in a sense, you’re playing the parent and the child.
But without self-control, you’ll be too preoccupied to succeed in your chosen line of work.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is one of my favorite books. Its universal message — that a professional does what they are required to do even when they don’t feel like it — is why I always suggest it to folks.
Artists paint. An author writes. Salespeople make sales. There are no justifications.
According to Pressfield, “going pro” entails exercising self-control and completing the necessary tasks.
It’s not something you undertake for a short period of time and then stop doing after achieving a few objectives. You must constantly look for methods to get better if you want to keep getting better at what you do.
Here’s how to go about it:
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY PRACTICE SELF-DISCIPLINE
Success and discipline go hand in hand.
You’ll probably be surrounded by people who are more successful than you if you look for people who are disciplined.
You’ll see why someone is so good at what they do after you learn about their daily schedule or method of operation. They only succeed because of their concentrated, patient approach, whether they are playing the piano or managing a business.
When I was younger, I first experienced true self-discipline through martial arts training. And I’ve kept looking for folks that approach their work with the same level of control throughout my whole career. I get a boost of energy from being around people like that, and it inspires me to work harder myself.
You’ll naturally want to step it up when you understand there’s another level of self-discipline you may strive for.
FOCUS ON PLANNING AND SETTING GOALS
To be disciplined, one must plan.
People frequently establish lofty objectives for themselves without developing a strategy for how they will really reach those objectives. However, it’s challenging to hold yourself responsible if there are no benchmarks in place to gauge your development.
Therefore, you should divide that overarching aim into several smaller steps rather than creating a large goal and trying to achieve it somehow. Prepare a list of the tasks you must complete each month to reach your broader objective. Then, further, divide it into what you must accomplish each week in order to meet your monthly objectives.
To get in the finest form of your life this year, for instance, can be your major objective. Your strategy should be broken down into smaller goals, such as going to the gym every other day or preparing nutritious meals on Sunday.
It’s lot simpler to concentrate on completing one item on your to-do list than it is to simply consider the bigger picture and how far you still have to go.
FIND WHAT MOTIVATES YOU, AND USE IT TO STAY ON TRACK
There would be no need to discuss self-discipline if we were all flawless at keeping our resolution. Because we are only human, we occasionally struggle to maintain discipline and attention.
You need to identify your motivators if you want to stay on course.
As an illustration, my nephew recently struggled in his math lesson. Nothing unusual for a middle school student. He simply found it tedious, not because he couldn’t do it. But he informed me he wants to produce video games when he grows up because he enjoys playing Fortnite. I told him that he would have to know math in order to do it.
And then we got to talking about all the different ways he applies math to video games. How many times can a character be hit before having to flee, for instance, if he has 1000 health and only loses 150 every time an attacker hits him? His approach to math problems changed, and the topic suddenly seemed less dull.
Self-discipline can be challenging, but it becomes simpler if you identify your motivators and use them to keep yourself on track. Because you must accept a task if it advances your progress toward your main objective. even if it is awful.
Having the self-discipline to produce your best work even when you’re not feeling it is the key to becoming a successful professional.