9 Ways to Develop Daily Discipline

Discipline is something we all wish we had a little more of. With discipline, losing weight, going to the gym, and flossing regularly are a piece of cake.

Goals are achieved, and we feel good about ourselves when we exercise discipline.

You're also less susceptible to your impulses and emotions when you have a high level of discipline.

Use these techniques to gain the discipline necessary to control your behavior and achieve your goals:

1. Make your bed.

It's a simple thing, but if you're like most people, you either don't do it or you don't do it well.

When you're rushing around getting ready for work, you don't feel like making your bed.

But when you make your bed, you start out the day with a win, and this can alter the rest of your day for the better.

2. Take a cold shower.

There are health benefits to cold water, and you'll save a little bit of money on the utility bill. Get under that stream of cold water and take your normal shower.

You'll be surprised how easy it is after a week or so. If you can stand a cold shower, you can take on the world.

3. Eat a super healthy breakfast.

Decide on the healthiest breakfast that can possibly be created within your budget. Now, eat it every day.

The healthiest breakfast is the healthiest breakfast. It's not just the healthiest breakfast you would enjoy. This is the meal equivalent of a cold shower.

4. Create a to-do list each day and complete it.

Avoid making an endless list of items to complete but create a reasonable list. Don't allow yourself to go to bed until it's completed.

One night with only three hours of sleep will teach you to take yourself seriously.

5. Determine your motivation for doing something.

One way to stay the course is to understand the value in what you're doing.

Going to your night class might be a drag, but if you remind yourself that you'll ultimately become a nurse and help people, you'll have the discipline to keep showing up.

6. Have a plan for what you'll do when your discipline falters.

Suppose you're going a party and you want to stick to your diet. Have a plan for what you'll do when faced with delicious, unhealthy snacks.

You might decide that you'll drink a glass of water or eat the apple that you brought with you but have a plan.

7. Become a master at finishing.

Whatever you start, finish. Get the job done. You might feel like finishing the laundry or writing a book report tomorrow, but get it done today.

So many people leave things 10% incomplete. Overcome the urge to put it off and just finish it.

8. Eliminate temptations and distractions.

Why make life harder than it has to be? Temptations and distractions can include ice cream, Facebook, or your cell phone.

Discipline is easier to exercise when there are fewer distractions.

9. Brush your teeth at least twice each day and floss.

Poor oral hygiene can be extremely unhealthy. It's a simple thing with great benefits.

It's also boring. Take care of your mouth each day whether you feel like it or not.

How much more could you achieve if you had more discipline? You know what you want and how to get it.

With all the information available today, it's not hard to figure out how to get what you want.

The challenge lies in controlling yourself. It's making the cold calls or skipping the hot fudge sundaes.

Discipline may be the missing ingredient in your quest for success!

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9 Ways to Build Resilience and Grit

You might be skilled, talented, educated, and brilliant. But, if youÕre not resilient, persistent, and gritty, youÕll never make the most of those other attributes.

Think about the five most successful people you know. On the average, theyÕre probably not that talented. However, they know how to get things done and persist.

Resilience and grit might be the missing ingredients in your quest for success.

Try these techniques to increase your resilience and grit:

1. Stay in contact with others.

When times are tough, it's natural to crawl into a hole and be by yourself. This is a mistake. You're more capable with a support system.

Give up the idea that strong people take on the world by themselves. You're stronger when you have help and support. Maintain your relationships.

2. Have high hopes.

It's easier to stand strong when you expect things to improve. Consider every bad time in your life.

Haven't things gotten better every single time? When you know better times are ahead, grit and resilience are easier to demonstrate. Focus on a positive outcome.

3. Know that the most successful people are those with the most resilience.

It might be easy to be wealthy and successful but becoming wealthy and successful is anything but.

The most successful people were willing to take on challenges that the average person would avoid like the plague.

4. Take excellent care of yourself.

No matter what is going on in your life, you still need food, rest, love, exercise, and fun.

Take good care of yourself and you'll be in a better position to weather challenges. Most people ignore their needs during difficult times, but this is a huge error.

5. Be active, not passive.

It's easier to last when you're doing something to make progress. Rather than passively waiting for things to get better, take steps to improve the situation. If there is something constructive you can do, do it.

6. Give yourself mental breaks.

No matter how resilient you may be, take regular breaks to recharge your batteries.

What is your favorite way to take a mental break? You could watch a movie, read a book, or go play horseshoes with a friend. Do whatever works for you.

7. Remind yourself of all the adversity you've overcome since childhood.

No one's life is smooth sailing 100% of the time. You've already overcome many obstacles.

Remind yourself of your past successes during challenging times. You'll have the fortitude and motivation to continue.

8. Live a life that revolves around your interests.

If you have a job you hate, it's hard to have a lot of grit and resilience. It's much easier to have perseverance while doing something you love.

Find a career and hobbies that you love. The need for grit is much lower!

9. Hang around with resilient people.

You become more like the people you spend the most time with. Choose your friends wisely.

You'll become a stronger person if you hang out with strong people. Find some people you want to be more like.

What could you do with your life if you were the most resilient and gritty person you knew? YouÕd be unstoppable!

Most people spend their time trying to improve their skills. It might be more productive to learn how to apply your skills regardless of the situation.

Build resilience and grit into your life and enjoy greater success.

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