How Self Discipline is the Path to TRUE FREEDOM

  • Define your purpose. You are in charge of your life and you are the captain sailing your ship, but where are sailing off to? If you do not know where you are going, you will likely get lost in the storms of depression and demotivation. So, know what it is you want to reach.
  • Start with small activities, once they become habits, stack them with other habits. Don’t try and introduce 3 or 4 activities in a row in your life. This will likely overwhelm you and the whole process will end up imploding.
  • Identify cues that cause you to want to do things that are not productive and decide pre-cue how you will tackle it and resist it. For example, a friend calls you and you end up spending an hour with him on call, tell him you are doing something important and will call him back once you’re done. This way you are ready for this to occur and will be able to tackle it when the cue is introduced.
  • Do not lie to yourself. This is very important. Being self-disciplined and being so consistently, is very very hard. That is why most people are not self-disciplined. So, telling yourself how easy it is and fooling your brain is only going to backfire. Tell yourself it is hard and will require ALL of your willpower but know that YOU can do it. You have all the necessary capabilities to do it.
  • Changing the environment is another key aspect. If you spend time with people who play video games all day, chances are you are going to do the same. Moreover, if your games, or whatever it is you want to stop doing, are in an accessible place, it is harder to stop yourself from doing it. So, try putting your controller for example, in a drawer rather than on the sofa where it is easily usable.

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Rafay Hiraj

Rafay Hiraj

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I write about life and happiness. Writing for me is a way to make sense of everything.