Whether it’s making the bed, eating healthy, or putting in hours after work to grow your side business, self-discipline is the bedrock of all habits.
Without self-discipline, you operate on bouts of inconsistent motivation and burn out when the motivation dries up.
But with self-discipline, you reach a state of flow with little resistance to your progress.
So where do you find self-discipline? How do you practice it?
Like I said self-discipline is the bedrock of all habits, but how do you develop a habit that’s good for you even if it’s hard to do?
You fall in love with the journey.
You have to love how, why, and who you want to become. If it’s a better relationship, the freedom to run your own business, the weight of debt lifted, the thought of living in a healthier body, whatever your it is, you need to be helplessly in love with it.
If not, figure out what you love instead, and break up with it.
If you love the thought of being healthier but your love of Sherlock is taking too much time away from exercising, cancel your Netflix account.
If you love your spouse, but love spending more time with your Instagram feed. Delete your account.
Here’s the thing, we say we want to become someone else, we say we can put in the hard work to get there, but our attention is elsewhere.
Love demands your full attention.
If you share your love of your journey with something else that’s holding you back, you have a problem.
I don’t know your situation and can’t offer specific advice on how to fix your problem, but I hope I at least got you thinking:
Is the journey to become the person I want to be really worth my love and attention?
Start there, then put in the work. The self-discipline will fall in line.