“How to Build Self-Discipline” – Weight Loss & Mindset

I’ve learned a few things about self-discipline since I’ve been working on my personal development goals.

First, self-discipline isn’t limiting, it’s liberating. I had to learn self-discipline allowed more freedom than it did restrictions. It’s actually more restrictive on life to lack self-discipline. Lacking self-discipline is being controlled by substances and habits that don’t serve. Being controlled by a lack of self-discipline means other things in life, you want to enjoy, can’t be experienced.

Learning that my freedom from cravings and food addiction, and the ability to have more in my life, came from practicing self-discipline allowed me to start having more appreciation for it. It caused me to start paying attention to getting better.

Secondly, self-discipline isn’t something you’ll need when the action becomes a habit. I try to keep this in mind as I form new habits for healthy eating, exercise, writing, and reading daily. It takes on average 66 days to form a new habit (as you’ll see below). I figure that’s about 2 months of marking a calendar and setting timers until the habit is formed.

Lastly, self-discipline and consistency is what makes the difference. Practicing self-discipline all week and then cutting loose on the weekends typically doesn’t work unless it’s an activity that only requires you put in work during the week or only on certain days. But if it’s related to healthy eating, exercise, going to bed at a certain time, or getting up early, then you’ll need to be consistently disciplined for the new habit to form.

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Below are three helpful lessons on building self-discipline that helped me see improvements. They’re from YouTube channel ProfoundSelfImprovement.

“How to Build Self-Discipline Lesson #1: How to Form a Habit”

Points from this lesson:

Self-discipline can be simplified by automated behavior – create a new habit

Automated behavior prevents you from breaking your resolutions

On average, it takes 66 days to make a new habit automatic.

Once it becomes a habit, you’ll need less self-discipline.

Habit = Que + Action + Reward

Create healthy keystone habits to change several other bad habits. Keystone habits: exercise, food journaling, meditation, waking up earlier, trying a new thing everyday, saving money, expressing gratitude.

“How to Build Self-Discipline Lesson #2: What is Your Why?”

Points from this lesson:

Self-discipline is about controlling your temporary urges to meet your long term goals.

Simply keeping your goal in mind isn’t enough. Give yourself a minute to visualize your goals. Take your mind off the craving.

To get the most out of your why, learn the proper way to visualize. Simply visualizing your goals is more likely to take you off track.

Visualize the process.

Envision each action you need to take in order to achieve your goals.

Train your mind to prepare yourself for the challenges.

“How to Build Self-Discipline Lesson #3: Be More Selective:”

Points from this lesson:

Be more selective and focus on essential tasks. Tasks you find pleasant and play off your strengths.

Trying to do too many tasks at a time will work against you in the long run. That’s why the first step to forming more self-discipline is keystone habits.

Ask yourself how your new goals and habits fit into your general plan for your life.

Make sure you’re working on goals you want for your life and not what others want for your life. Be selective.

When setting your own goals, keep your goals in mind. Do things you genuinely believe to work and want to achieve.

Being more selective will help you increase your self-discipline and reach your goals.

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