Improving Your Self-DisciplinePosted by Dojo Karate
Get ready for…temptation. Welcome to the holiday season, with temptation around every corner. Find motivation – and staying motivated — the last few months of the year can be difficult. But don’t give up! Improving your self-discipline can help you stay healthy and accomplish your personal and professional goals. Get ready for…temptation. Welcome to the holiday season, with temptation around every corner. Find motivation – and staying motivated — the last few months of the year can be difficult. But don’t give up! Improving your self-discipline can help you stay healthy and accomplish your personal and professional goals.
Self-discipline can be a hard skill to master—we aren’t born with it. As with any learned behavior, self-discipline takes practice and repetition. Studies have shown that people with more self-discipline are happier. They spend less time debating with themselves and can make positive decisions more easily. Making small changes in your mindset and daily habits can help you build your self-control. Here are five ways to improve your self-discipline.
1. Set Goals What does more self-discipline look like for you?
Without a clear vision of what you want to change, you may be more easily distracted from your goal. Are you trying to eat more fruits and veggies? Work out more consistently? Take the stairs instead of the elevator? Besides deciding what you want to change, determine what your success will look like. By setting realistic goals and expectations, you can stay motivated and on track.
2. Start SmallChanging too many things at once can be overwhelming and difficult.
Break down larger goals into smaller steps. If you’re trying to eat more veggies, add veggies to one meal a day. To exercise more consistently, sign up for a group class or try working out with friend. Take things slowly, and master one thing at a time. That way, you can build the confidence to crush all your other goals.
3. Plan Ahead Planning ahead can keep you on track with your goals.
Set your intentions before entering a situation.
Going to a party? Plan to socialize more with friends than visiting the food table. Busy week ahead? Schedule your workouts in advance and add them to your calendar, just like you would for important meetings.
4. Set Rewards If improving self-discipline was easy, everyone would do it.
Keep yourself excited about your goal with healthy and reasonable rewards that will push you through temptation-filled days. Anticipation is powerful. You can focus on the reward rather than what you are trying to change.
5. Don’t Fear Failure No one is perfect.
Our best intentions and plans can sometimes fall short. We can have spectacular successes or discouraging failures, but we must move forward. Achieving self-discipline will not happen overnight.
Celebrate your success and learn from your failures.
How can Dojo Karate help?
Self-discipline is one of the top benefits of martial arts. Karate is about control. Students learn to utilize their own skills, strengthens, and perseverance to succeed. Karate is not just about controlling an opponent but becoming self-aware and controlling oneself. Consistent learning and practice can help develop character traits and skills throughout a student’s lifetime, starting at any age.
Karate helps students improve their focus, energy, confidence, respect, and discipline. At Dojo Karate, we provide the instruction necessary for anyone to reach their goals. We design our classes based on the needs and abilities of each student and recognize their successes throughout the program. Contact us to learn more about Dojo Karate’s programs for preschoolers, children, preteens, teenagers, and adults.