Have you ever struggled to be more disciplined? Do you find yourself going through phases where you’re motivated and on task, and other times where you lose all consistency? Try this:
Emotionally engage with your dreams every morning. One reason we lose discipline is that we lose touch with our dreams – we stop thinking about what we want with real emotion and consistency. So, each morning, practice visualizing yourself achieving your goals and dreams. Allow yourself to truly feel the joy and power as you accomplish what you want.
Do your work before responding to the needs of the world. Don’t wake up and immediately jump into your inbox. Instead, begin your morning taking steps toward what you want to achieve. If it’s a habit that you fire off first thing in the morning, you won’t need willpower or discipline later in the day to do it.
Block time. Create scheduled blocks of time where you do only one thing. Use that block of time to move your life forward, to create art, to strategize, to work diligently on one important activity. If you don’t have blocks of time already set up in today’s calendar to do things that matter, you’re already losing ground.
Set up social rewards. When you achieve something that you have been working toward, take time to celebrate with other people. It is hard to continue your discipline, if you do not feel socially rewarded for your hard work.
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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