5 Simple Ways To Get More Self-Disciplined

Self-discipline is nothing more than a HABIT.  It is your ability to self manage your own thoughts and actions, regardless of your emotional state.  And it is something that EVERY successful person on this planet has had to develop at some point.

Just imagine for a second that your mind is like an untrained dog on a leash.  Even though you may be holding the leash and you ‘feel’ like you have control, you will quickly realize how wild and unruly an untrained dog is… He will end up dragging YOU along, going wherever he’d like to go without any regard or concern for anyone else around him.  The dog will just impulsively go where he WANTS…

The untrained mind acts the exact same way.  Our minds will habitually seek out pleasurable experiences, avoid uncomfortable situations, and continually ‘trick’ us into giving it what it wants.  If we don’t learn to train the mind, the mind will always have control over us… We will fall into the trap of living life on a leash.

A trained mind is essential for anyone who is looking to grow and become a more effective, more powerful human being.  And I’ll be the first to admit… I wasn’t born with a whole lot of self discipline.  It’s something that I’ve had to consciously develop and work on for quite some time now.  But my lack of self-discipline really became apparent when I entered into the world of entrepreneurship.

As as an entrepreneur, I had no one telling me what to do, when to do it, or how to structure my workday.  I was completely on my own, I had no one looking over my shoulder, and I was accountable to no one but myself.  This was a major challenge for me because I didn’t have much prior experience with self created discipline.  I was quite the procrastinator, I loved to sleep in, and I was used to doing whatever I wanted!

Over time, I had to learn this skill of self discipline… It’s not always an easy one, but it is absolutely necessary.  Without self discipline, there is no structure, no routine, no habits… And success is ultimately a HABIT.

So I’d like to share with you today some ideas for becoming more self-disciplined…

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Become The Observer Of Your Thoughts:

First and foremost, you have to learn the skill of mind observation.  Most people are so consumed by the thoughts in their head, that they don’t even question them!  They take everything to be true and let the ‘untrained dog’ blindly lead them.  So it’s critical that you create some space between your thoughts and the observation of your thoughts.  Spend some time observing your mind. You can take mental notes or even keep record with a journal, but just make it a point to start observing your thoughts throughout the day.

What you will most likely find is that your mind is quite unruly!  It is constantly jumping around from one thought to the next, and most of the thoughts that go through the mind are not even based in reality.  The mind will seek to ‘get what it wants’ at any cost.  When you learn to observe your thoughts, you will learn to take a bit of space before you automatically and unconsciously go along with the whims of your mind.  You begin to become the observer of your mind.  And from this place, you can start the practice of self discipline.

Create A Routine:

Having a daily routine is a fundamental part of self discipline.  This will lay the groundwork and create the infrastructure for massive productivity.  When I get up in the morning, I meditate for about 30 minutes, I make my green breakfast smoothie, and then sit down to read for about 20 minutes.  After that, I feel energized and ready to start my work day.  This morning routine definitely helps me to start my day on the right track… And the days where this doesn’t happen, I feel a lot less organized and less productive.  Having a daily routine is like driving with GPS… You know exactly where to go!

Create A To-Do List:

Being an internet entrepreneur can get quite distracting sometimes… With all of the information and entertainment out there on the web, it can be easy to get distracted and completely off track.  This has happened to me numerous times… I’ll sit down to get some work done and before I know it, I’ve just spent hours watching YouTube videos and web surfing!  So a great idea for cultivating more discipline throughout your work day is creating a to-do list.  Start with the most important or most difficult activities first and check them off as you go.  This will give you some clear direction and keep your level of productivity high.

Delayed Gratification:

One of the best practices for self discipline is delayed gratification.  As children, we are taught to finish our chores and homework BEFORE we can go out and play.  This same practice is incredibly effective for adults, too.  Make it a point to reward yourself after a productive work day.  You can take a bubble bath, sit down with your favorite book, go out for a night on the town, or any other pleasurable activity that you enjoy.  Just make sure you reward yourself AFTER you get your work done!

Set Clearly Defined Goals:

Your goals should always be SMART:

S- Specific
M- Measurable
A- Attainable
R- Risk (Involves an investment of time or money)
T- Time specific

I would suggest starting out by creating a SMART goal for the next 90 days.  After that’s clearly defined, create a goal for the next 7 days… And then you can start setting very small, daily goals that go along with your to-do list.  Review your goals everyday and this will keep you on the right track.

Persistance and Consistency:

It’s not enough to practice self discipline one day and then forget about it the next.  You have to stay consistent and make it a daily priority.  Stay consistent for 30-60 days and your perseverance will transform into a habit.  Once you consciously create an engrained habit, it will become so much easier for you to practice self-discipline…. It’ll just feel natural.

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These are just a few ideas to get you started on the path towards true effectiveness, productivity, and success.  When you train your mind and train your actions, you can then honestly say that you are ‘your own boss’!  No one else can be your internal manager but you… So it’s your responsibility to step up to the plate and train yourself to become the empowered and successful person you wish to be!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and personal strategies for cultivating more self-discipline… So leave me a comment down below and share it with the community!

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Melanie Phillibert April 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Katie,

I have been watching the videos and they are well put together.
Thank you. I have definately found that the above holds true in my life.
If people can get this and apply it they will see the results.

Melanie Phillibert

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Phil April 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Hey Katie! Great info! I’ve been learning about the same stuff through a friend of mine Eben Pagan and it’s definitely true! Although, I personally am just starting getting into a daily routine (sometimes I find it hard sticking to a routine when you’re an entrepreneur and working remotely for someone else at the same time).

It’s great to get that encouragement over again :) Thanks Katie!

@philmacnevin

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Robert April 23, 2009 at 1:15 am

Katie,
I am constantly working on my own self-discipline. I will Jump from project to project without really getting anything accomplished. The 90 day Smart goal sounds like a great idea. I’m going to give it a go and see if it helps me stay focused. Another thing I will do to solidify it is to create a morning workout routine, Couple that with a to do list and I’ll have a very structured and productive day. The trick for anyone is to apply it.

Thank for the helpful info

Robert Ramos

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Rafael Friedan April 23, 2009 at 2:10 am

Wooo!! Green smoothies for life!!!

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Caleb Jennings April 23, 2009 at 6:22 am

Well put Katie! This has to be one of the best and most concise writings on the topics above ;-) Keep being amazing and sharing such great (and applicable) content with the world!

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Angela Bettess April 23, 2009 at 6:46 am

Hi Katie

Totally agree. I am also an observer of my thoughts and of those around me – total awareness.

My daily routine consists of warm hot water drink, dry massage to stimulate my circulation and also a warm sesame oil massage, then off to the shower I go and then time for meditation, affirmations and gratitude to the universe before I start my day. Mid morning I go for a 30 min walk and mid afternoon journalling or reading.

When writing my goals, I make sure my outcomes meet the C.R.E.A.T.E criteria:

C – Clear and concise
R – Realistic
E – Ecological
A – As if now
T – Timed and toward what you want
E – End step/evidence procedure

It is now ……. (future date)
I am/I have …………………
……………………………
…… (end step/evidence procedure)

Then I strategic vision my goal to the date that I said it would happen doing what I said I would be doing (end step/evidence procedure).

You always have valuable information and I am learning so much from you Katie.

Angela

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Silvia April 23, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Thanks

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Doug Cox April 24, 2009 at 12:36 am

Great read with some real information . Stay focused.Rock-on!The new videos are great and were very helpful in setting up my blog.Thanks

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Doug Cox April 24, 2009 at 12:38 am

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Seth Badu April 24, 2009 at 5:11 am

Hey Katie,

I couldn’t agree more….Excelent post!!

Keep’em coming!!

To your success and nothing less,

Seth B.

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Jordan Krizman April 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Katie,

those tactics are all exactly what we need.
And the ONE thing that comes is ACCOUNTABILITY.
We must make our actions accountable to someone else.
Whether it be our spouses, friends, whomever.
A great idea I had is to find a “MARKETING PARTNER” in a similar position as you. Then, set your goals together (they can be individual goals).
Each person has to answer to the other to make sure they are on track.
It can be a FUN competition.

all the best,
Jordan

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Linda G. Cox May 5, 2009 at 5:59 am

I am so grateful! Thank you, Katie, for freely giving me the information of everything I need to learn and do! I will be able to help so many! You share information with me in a way that I can duplicate! Like you, I believe in the Power of Now! And the fact that you are in my life is evidence of the Law of Attraction!

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wfred May 15, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Excellent advice, you are doing a lot of good keep it up Wfred

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Gina Koinski June 18, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Awesome! Thanks! Was what I needed to read today! Great posts!

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Esther Braden June 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm

From time to time i loose my daily routine. Especially when i took some days of or an unforeseen event “distracts” my routine (my daughter gets sick for ex.). Then it´s still hard work for me to come back in the flow with full power.

I underestimated the function of goalsetting and making a vision statement until know…

Big THX for sharing, Katie!

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Paul June 22, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Hi Katie, I have been reading and listening to some of you info and find it very timely and just what I need…I have been a self-employed, self motivated person in a hands on brick & mortar business for many years, but the biggest challenge I face is …making the change from hard manual labor where the mind was disciplined to get the work done to the more mental work that is involved in the internet marketing field, and developing a whole new set of skills.

So Have really enjoyed your comments and encouragement..an am committed to making this change..

Keep it coming..

Paul

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Genevieve June 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Well I’m Happy to hear that you had self disciplinarian challenges, you have definitely come a long way! That gives me hope that I can train myself to be disciplined. I’ve done Eben’s wake-up productive, love the content but having a hard time really sticking to productive days, with little people to take care of, they have a flair for reorganizing a schedule!! But I have faith that I will succeed I really WANT to create income from home so I will keep developing and disciplining myself!

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Jamie Simko July 20, 2009 at 7:06 am

I was asking myself just the other day, “How in the HECK can I become more disciplined?”

And ask and you shall recieve. :)

Thanks so much Katie, way good stuff!

- Jamie
.-= Jamie Simko´s last blog ..LOVE =-.

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Katie Freiling July 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Hey Jamie, you’re very welcome! It’s crazy how much life works in our favor :) Looking forward to getting to know you better!

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Fonz van der Linden October 4, 2009 at 7:17 am

Thank you so much Katie, This Self-Disciplined tips were very usefull to me….!

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Jason Kerchner October 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

I love how you have your routine for starting your day. Sports teams often have a routine that they go through before beginning a game. Public speakers have a routine that they go through before they go on stage. The “routine” is probably better called a “ritual” that gets you ready for action. I think the most important thing is that this ritual be natural for the individual, whatever it may be. It shouldn’t be a struggle to do it. Habits can be difficult to form, rituals should not be, otherwise they will be draining rather than energizing!
.-= Jason Kerchner´s last blog ..Choosing to be Helpless =-.

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Riseandshine Show March 8, 2013 at 1:50 am

Will use the 5 steps from now on and will tell u the result. Thank you!

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Build Discipline June 13, 2013 at 8:37 am

Hey there Katie,

I really like what you did in this article, you got the most important parts of self-discipline definitely down.
My blog is about self-discipline as well, I think you are going to like the information you'll find there. (http://www.builddiscipline.com/category/how-to-get-self-discipline/)

Maybe we can even put some content or ideas together sometime?

Cheers,
Seph

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