How To Fall In Love With Discipline


Discipline has a bad reputation. Yet, we all need it to learn, to persevere, to not give up and to make progress. Rome wasn’t built in a day the saying goes. And the last time I checked, building a healthy habit, changing old thought patterns that don’t serve you anymore, and even learning how to walk – they all don’t come easy.

There’s no magic formula to success, and there’s no shortcut to achieving your goals. However, one of the magic ingredients is often neglected. It’s like the black sheep of the success family and it lives its life in the background. It’s time to bring it into the spotlight and to proudly talk about it. Once you make it your friend, you’ll be less afraid of change and your goals will look so much more realistic!

Start small – be realistic

Small steps lead a long way. Let’s say that discipline is rather a shy person. That’s why it’s better to approach it with small steps instead of jumping right at it. At the same time, it needs space to grow and for that it needs time.

No matter what you want to achieve, be it a career change, weight loss, learning an instrument, exceling in your career – break those big changes into small steps, so-called microsteps. They allow you to plan in a realistic way and to show you what you actually have to do to achieve your (SMART) goals. Discipline likes that, too, and it will be able to accompany you more easily as the route is clearer and you don’t have to take it in one rush but can check in at several stops, so-called milestones.

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Track your progress

Along the way, don’t forget to track your progress. If you don’t have a notebook or planner yet, now is a good time to purchase one. Choose one that you like and put it somewhere where you can see it. Write down your goals, the different microsteps, and set your milestones. Your planning isn’t set in stone and you can adjust it along the way. However, check in regularly and see how far you’ve come, what you still need to do and how you can get there. Discipline will definitely cheer at you for that! It will be like your imaginative cheerleader who’s telling you that you can do it, even if it’s hard.

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