One of the master skills that all successful people have in common is the ability to practice self discipline. The skill of getting yourself to do what you need to do whether you feel like it or not.
We have all had the experience of wanting to put off until tomorrow what should be done today. Paying bills, making bookings, doing assignments or in my case writing articles… We all get effected by that deadly habit called procrastination. So what do we do about this and how to fix it? The keys to mastering procrastination are found in the word habit.
Practicing Self Discipline Is A Habit
Procrastination is a habit and self discipline is a habit. Successful people have learned to act now and do the tasks that need to be done regardless of how they feel. This is because they have what is called a long-term perspective. They have the ability to see the bigger picture and the connection between current actions and future achievement.
Unsuccessful people or procrastinators have cultivated the habit of seeking out immediate gratification by rather doing what is fun and easy now as opposed to what actually matters for their future. They have what is called a short-term perspective. They only know how to focus on what feels good now…
I ask myself, what will the future be like if I don’t do what I need to do today? What are the repercussions of putting off all the tasks that I need to do today in order to create the future I desire. As I begin to feel the pain of failure of not achieving my goals, I immediately gain the motivation to take action. All of a sudden the tasks at hand are a welcomed addition on my to do list as I see their effect.
I also focus on the pleasure of living a life I desire, a life that I built out of careful planning and self disciplined action.
Practicing Self Discipline Through Focus Becomes a Habit
As previously stated, Procrastination is a habit and self discipline is a habit. As you focus on the joy that doing your tasks will ultimately bring and you take action, you are now practicing self discipline. When you repeat this cycle several times a day it starts to form a habit. The stronger the habit the more automatic the behavior. Before you know it self discipline will be a daily practice of yours and you will be one of those successful people.
I hope you find this helpful. I cover concepts like these and many more in my life coaching sessions.
Thanks for reading.