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Making Self-Discipline a Goal in 2017

Making Self-Discipline a Goal in 2017

Contributed by: @AFIANATASHA

At the beginning of the year, many of us get excited (myself included) and start setting goals and resolutions hopeful that this is the year that we will be able to achieve them. Unfortunately, many of us do not achieve all or any of the goals.

This is not because we have chosen to give up (intentionally) but simply because we lack self-discipline.

Self-discipline is the ability to make a decision or commit to a task and see it through no matter what distractions come our way. 

This year, I have decided to do things differently and focus on my self-discipline rather than writing a list of goals that I may not end up completing. I believe that without self-discipline we may be setting ourselves up for failure. 

Here are my top three tips on how you and I can start to exercise self-discipline:  

1) Focus on one task at a time

If you find yourself starting and not being able to complete things - you are doing too much! Do not force yourself to take on more than you can handle, learn how to say no. I know first-hand, it is better to commit to one task and complete that rather than starting a number of tasks and not completing any of them. When you are doing too much you may find yourself thinking about what you're not doing rather than just getting things done. Chose one task and follow it through to the end. I found that I use to have a tendency to start reading a book then halfway through starting another one once I recognised this I made sure that I always finished the book I was reading before even looking at another book. Apply this to other areas of your life and before you know it you've completed more than you set out to. 


2) Set personal deadlines

This follows on from the previous point if you find yourself doing too much set deadlines for each task and struggling to prioritise. Look at your goals as an important piece of coursework; give yourself a date to work towards. For example, you want to drop down two dress sizes? Give yourself three months and work hard to make sure you achieve that goal. Having a year to complete your goals works out as a good time-frame but to make things easier for yourself setting different deadlines throughout the year will allow you enough time to focus on each task at hand.


3) Recognise your bad habits and minimise distractions

Many of us have grown up adopting certain characteristics and traits which may hinder us or help us. However, it is not always easy to recognise what a good or bad habit is unless we are told so - so how will you know that you need to eliminate that behaviour? It's simple, "if it is not productive, it is a bad habit"  Hearing this from @Bola_Sol at her Personal Development workshop put it all into perspective. Good habits are productive and aid growth, for example, eating healthily and exercising. Whereas bad habits do the complete opposite, for example, staying on the phone for two hours gossiping when you know you have an assignment due next week. Recognise what is aiding your growth and what isn't and either continue or cut it off. 

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