Self-discipline is one of the chief elements required to achieve any triumph. The world is full of temptations and requires a great deal of discipline to control our thoughts. It is the typical behaviour of our mind that we want to remain in our present situation. Our emotional brain stops us from stepping further by continuing similar practices.
Here are the seven ways to master self-discipline. I am sharing the learnings I have gained in the past few years. These seven ideas may also help you to master self-discipline.
How many people know that doing yoga purifies the body both internally and externally? Almost all. But how many people do it daily? A very few.
Master one thing at a timePeople often want to accomplish numerous goals at a time. But our energy gets divided into different parts to do so. And in most cases, people fail to achieve even one goal. Multitasking requires a capability that most people don't have. In the starting, we should stick to one objective at a time. Have a well-defined timetable and focus on one task before moving further.
“No person is free who is not master of himself.”
Take small stepsSuccess comes from a series of small steps. No one can wake up at 4 am immediately. It requires time and effort to do so. If we try to improve ourselves little by little every day, it will bring tremendous change in the future.
Do not compareDiscipline comes from peace. An unpeaceful mind is not under control, and hence it repels discipline. Comparison with others predominantly results in an agitated mind. We cannot change the world if we are not capable of changing ourselves. So we should always try to improve ourselves without any comparison with other people around us.
Healthy eatingFood is the main component we need for survival. The type of food that goes inside defines our behaviour. Do not consume food that makes the mind unsettled. Right food combinations are mentioned in Ayurveda.
Reward yourselfIt is a human tendency that makes us feel good when someone rewards us. But why wait for any other person? We could reward ourselves for any small victory. Believe me, it will give you some extra energy for the future.
“True mastery transcends any particular art. It stems from mastery of oneself--the ability, developed through self-discipline, to be calm, fully aware, and completely in tune with oneself and the surroundings. Then, and only then, can a person know himself.”
― Bruce Lee
Remove temptationsToday, numerous temptations distract us from our goal. Remember that those temptations might make us feel good in the starting. But it could destroy us if not eliminated early. So the right way is to remove every distraction that makes our senses out of control.
Control your thoughtsA mind has numerous thoughts each day. A study shows that an average person has 6200 thoughts a day. If we do not control the flow of our thoughts then we could become the slave of our own mind. Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says, "Let the mind become a slave of our soul". If it happens, half of the problems of this world will come to an end. Self-discipline can't be mastered without controlling the thoughts.