“How does one build good and lasting habits? It’s not something that happens overnight. Whether you have a bad habit you’re trying to shed, or you’re trying to start something new such as eating healthier, this takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline,” says Danielle Hay, Managing Director of Haywire Inc. Self-discipline is defined as the ability to have focus and control, stay on track and stay true to your goals. “Self-discipline is something that’s important to avoiding distractions and reaching your goals,” mentions Danielle Hay of Haywire Inc. Research has shown that while it can be tough to boost willpower and take action, there are many strategies and techniques you can do to make your dreams more achievable.
Write Down Your Efforts
When you show that your willpower lasts longer, you motivate yourself from the positive outcomes. This way you can visually see how you’re progressing. “For example, when you start eating healthier, you don’t see results right away. But if you stay consistent and make a plan — you will see results in your overall mood, appearance, and well-being. When you do, you will want to do more and see further progress,” says Danielle Hay, of Haywire Inc. Similarly, this will happen with anything you self-discipline yourself with.
Cut Down Bad Habits
Anytime you notice yourself carrying out a habit you don’t find helpful or effective towards reaching your goals, call yourself out on it. When you realize you’re doing something you shouldn’t be it’s a wake-up call to stop. Studies show you’re better at self-control and discipline when consistent reminders are given to yourself.
Make a note to put sticky notes around your place. For example, on your bathroom mirror put a note such as: “you can do this!” This will keep you strong and remind you that you’re on the journey to success.