This post was most recently updated on July 11th, 2016
Discipline is a way to lead a healthy, wealthy and contended life.
But it is not that easy to adopt and follow it for long.
Those who adopt it all through the life are successful and lead a contented life.
After realizing the benefits of discipline, many try to adopt it but fail due to one or other reasons.
The reason is following improper discipline techniques.
Below we will see which aspects to be kept under discipline.
a) How to keep up discipline?
b) Factors which disrupt discipline?
c)How to overcome factors which might disrupt discipline?
Also you can read the 10 days to self discipline guide by Theodore Bryant.
1. First decide priorities.
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2. Ritually follow them everyday
3. Avoid depressing factors.
♠ First decide priorities:
When ever some one advices us to stay disciplined, we just assume it for one aspect of life. Like for studying, eating or getting from sleep at right time. We try to do so and we give up once we encounter boredom or insufficient success.
This is because we adopted discipline in one of the aspects of life and neglected remaining aspects of life.
So we need to understand priorities in life and adopt discipline towards those priorities.
So what are the priorities to be kept under discipline.
b) Income/ earnings
d) Reputation and character
The above priorities are in a way interlinked to one another but we need to have them all for successful life.
i) Health is the most important issues in your life to be successful. Imagine if you made a list of dreams to achieve in life and died before achieving them. Today we see many cases of premature deaths due to health issues. Also to perform our duties well we need to be healthy and fit. So it is necessary to keep health.
So our first concern in discipline is to stay healthy. To be so we need to have our food in time, sleep and wake in time. Also we need to follow regular exercises and cleaning habits including bath. This is a everyday effort and it definitely pays off as long-term effort.
You can notice most successful leaders, film actors, businessmen lived very long due to their rigorous discipline.
ii) Income or earning is next important factor. If you are a kid, you may need to focus on studies as it can help build a career in future. If you are grown up you need to be disciplined in earnings. Discipline helps to complete your job on time. Avoid loss of income due to health issues, delay in work or distractions. Having sufficient income helps you avoid stress and keep up discipline. It also helps you stay focused in life. You will rarely see those without sufficient money for daily needs stay disciplined. Staying disciplined helps you keep up good earnings. One can be disciplined in ways like staying in time for an appointment. Completing the job in time etc. Though these issues seem simple, they can have a big impact in progress of life.
iii) Relationships: Relationships are quite important for everyone. One cannot grow up in life without proper relations. Relationships can be in the form of family, parents, honest friends, well wishers etc. Keep up a discipline to call them in time. Stay with them, go for an outing with them etc. If the friends are far away keep a contact with them on regular basis. This must be done for long periods to keep their affection.
iv) Reputation and character is one which indicates your worth in others mind. It takes a good time to build up reputation by behavior. But discipline is also another way to build up reputation. People value those with discipline. Hence in giving out a project people consider the time sense of the person who aspires it. So performing your duties in time also builds up reputation.
Hence when we think of staying disciplined we should keep up the above priorities. Discipline means to try to stay healthier, keep income right, maintain healthy relationships and also build reputation.
Based on above priorities if one tries to keep discipline, he will definitely succeed.
♠ Ritually follow them everyday: Discipline comes by doing it and not just thinking about it. So try to keep up discipline on regular basis. Health, earnings, reputation and even relationships on daily basis are part of discipline.
These should be kept up even during holidays and tours. Try to spend more to keep up them. Do not sacrifice them at any cost. Like if you are on travel, to keep up health try to sleep, eat at right time. Also drink safe water and eat healthy food. Do not eat junk to save money. If not do not go on a trip or manage other alternatives.
i) Decide what to do in a day: Every morning one need to decide what to do in the day. This helps to keep us active and get disciplined for work.
ii) Regularize habits: Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at right time. Also sleep early like by 10pm at-least and wake early by 5 Am.
♠ Avoid depressing factors;
One tends to quit discipline due to factors like depression, laziness, circumstance, harsh words from others etc. For this we need to remember that with discipline we achieve more and overcome any depressing circumstances.
If still you are unable to overcome your depressing mood and is disturbing your discipline. Then have these tips to keep depressing mood away.
♦ Music. Due to technology we have always have music gadgets around. Keep some favorite music in your mobile or tab. In case of depressing mood listen to them as they are always with you. This helps you forget that depressing incident and brings positive mindset back.
♦ Prayer: This is more powerful tool. If you are in a heart breaking circumstance, simple mood boosters will not help. Then prayer comes handy. Praying to favorite god helps you have self confidence.
♦ Staying with those who are disciplined. It is said that our thoughts are like the company of people we are in.
Discipline is a consistent effort. If one follows discipline techniques for long, it becomes a habit. This habit will help us build up a character.