DEVELOPING A LIFE OF DISCIPLINE AND COMMITMENT | 5 HABITS THAT HELP!
Most of us really think we can live off a carefree lifestyle without necessarily trying to plan out to gain control of it. Life is regulated by series of principles that are met to guide us.
Apparently, every one of us wants so much out of life, we wanna be successful, we wanna be the best at whatever we do, we wanna be greatly rich and prosperous. But then, only a few-minority of us are willing and ready to sacrifice greatly, to attain such climax. Success is not just in the mind, but in the action too.
There are obviously a great number of virtues and attributes we ought to put in place to get to the pinnacle of life. Two of which are; commitment and discipline—we really can’t get through life without living a life of commitment and discipline.
Commitment and discipline always go hand in hand. One cannot be done without the other. You cannot say you want to discipline yourself into doing a particular task every day and then you didn’t commit yourself to ensure that the task is done daily.
COMMITMENT AND DISCIPLINE
Though commitment and discipline may seem similar, there is still a bit of difference between them. While discipline is the decision made internally, commitment is the action to follow through with that decision, externally. Say, for instance, you may decide that you want to discipline yourself into working out 20mins daily, the action to follow through with your decision of working out is commitment.
Commitment is the agreement we make with our intention to get something done. It doesn’t matter whether we’re motivated or not, we do it anyway because we’ve made a decision to be committed, so we remain faithful in doing that thing. Discipline, on the other hand, is the decision made to restrain or control oneself. It can also be called self-control. Discipline is a self-restraining mechanism. A lot of us are often pressured by friends and even families to do certain things that we know it’s out of our personal boundaries and jurisdictions. We often fall victim to such circumstances if we haven’t really disciplined ourselves enough to restrain and say “No” when necessary.
People of discipline and commitment are often valued and respected in society. They are seen as trustworthy people because when they say they want to get something done, they get it done really well, and that’s the more reason they’re exceedingly successful and well-known. Also, they have painstakingly positioned their lives to a point where they utterly get things done without whining and nagging over it. Lastly, they don’t see any task as “too difficult”, as most people do.
5 HABITS TO DEVELOPE A LIFE OF DISCIPLINE AND COMMITMENT
Successful people are goal-oriented people. And to be goal-oriented means to be “brutally” disciplined and committed. Making sure that your goals are performed daily.
Developing a routine of good and productive habits is what successful people do, and this helps them build their level of discipline and commitment. Some of these habits are:
GETTING UP EARLY
Waking up early in the morning is one of the many productive habits we can cultivate to live a life of discipline and commitment. People at the pinnacle of life, are known to be “early risers”
Examine yourself and then fix a suitable time to wake up early in the morning. Setting alarms can help you stick to your appointed time.
Every morning once the alarm goes off, do not think about getting up, just get up at once. Sticking to the time, in the beginning, may seem impossible and unbearable, but over time if you keep doing it, your brain will just have to adapt to it anyways.
Another thing that needs to be known about setting alarms is, “Snoozing is not allowed”. Yeah, you heard me right. Don’t try to add, even a second to that time, trust me, you would be glad you didn’t, later on.
CREATING DAILY SCHEDULES AND TARGETS
A lot of people live their everyday lives without creating any form of outlined tasks to get done for that day. They often see scheduling as burdensome, and they also complain over not having enough time to do such activities. But the truth is, “If you don’t plan out your life aptly, life will ‘plan in’ your life inaptly”.
We all want to be disciplined and committed, we like the whole idea of these words. But we are not willing to make sacrifices to attain such virtue.
Creating schedules and setting targets daily is really important because it creates a sense of orderliness in your life, and this, in turn, helps you to build a disciplined and committed lifestyle. Truth be told, discipline and commitment will not fall from the sky and rest upon your head, as if it’s your birthright or something. You really need to work it out.
A clear outlined schedule gives you an overview of how your day should be like. It also prevents you from utterly doing things haphazardly.
If you can keep up with living your life on a series of daily schedules and targets, it can help boost your level of discipline and commitment.
SETTING CLEAR GOALS
Successful people are known for their detailed goals setting. They do most of their thinking on paper.
There is a “spark of magic” that goes with writing out goals. Most of the time, after doing it, you find yourself disciplining and committing yourself to do things that are in line with those written goals.
Setting clear goals teaches you a lot about how to go about your everyday life. It helps you stay organized, and organized life is a life of discipline and commitment.
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MANAGING TIME EFFECTIVELY
Effective time management is another habit that helps you develop a disciplined and committed life. If you can gain control of your time, you can gain control of your life, and a person who has gained control of his life has successfully developed a life of discipline. Discipline always goes with commitment, so in essence, the person turns out to be a committed being too.
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CONTROLLING OF EMOTIONS
Learning how to gain control of your emotions is another way of developing discipline and commitment. As earlier mentioned, discipline is self-control—involving emotional control too. Emotions such as stress, anger, anxiety, nervousness, fear, and the likes, need to be properly managed so that they won’t negatively affect your behavior.
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These habits are just stepping stones in helping you develop a life of discipline and commitment. Always know that people who have successfully attained a life of discipline and commitment were not born with such attributes, they actually had to learn and work hard to get to that level they are. So everyone else can have it, it all depends on how much you’re willing to sacrifice for it.
Always push through, never give up. Learn from your mistakes continually and little by little, the disciplined and committed lifestyle you wish for will come your way.
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