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7 Self-Discipline Techniques For Success
The road to success is often a lonely one. It may sound cliché but it’s true. You may not always have the support of people you love but you shouldn’t let this stop you from chasing your dreams, your goals, and your ambitions. If you’re driven to succeed, no one can stand in your way, not even family and friends who tell you to stop your quest and just get a real job like a normal person.
No successful entrepreneur, businessman, athlete, or any other competitive individual, made their way to the top by listening to the naysayers. Can you name one who did? I bet you can’t. These people had to claw their way to the top and fought negativity, distractions, and temptations every step of the way.
In this report, I’ll show you how you too can succeed in life with the right self-discipline techniques. Let’s start with the first one:
Technique #1: Know your weaknesses and your fears
I purposely put this one first on the list because it’s going to be extremely hard for you to get anywhere in life if you don’t know what your weaknesses and fears are. Acknowledging these is important so that you can formulate some countermeasures, a.k.a. cure, and be prepared for when they come ‘round knocking on your door.
For instance, if you know that chocolate is your weakness and you know it’s not going to be of any help to your diet if you take a nibble every now and then, then you’re going to do everything in your power to not have any contact with any form of chocolate.
Chocolate cake? Nope, walk back.
Chocolate bar? Put it down, mom, please.
Chocolate fountain? Oh, please, stop it. I’m leaving the party now.
Did you see the pattern from the examples above? Knowing that chocolate is your weakness will allow you to stay away from all kinds of chocolate at all costs. You can even tell yourself you fear chocolate.
Now about fears, there are many kinds of fears. But on the subject of success, the 2 most common fears are fear of failure and fear of success. If you fear either (or both!), then you need to find a way to overcome and conquer it. It’s going to be difficult for you to succeed in anything if these two fears are crippling and weighing you down!
Technique #2: Avoid All Forms Of Temptation
Temptations can come in all forms and sizes. You may not recognize it immediately but if you know your weaknesses and your fears, then it will be easier for you to spot temptation. I can’t possibly list down all kinds of temptations simply because what may be a temptation for you may not be tempting to another person. There is, however, a general consensus that there are 3 common temptations that tempt and distract a great majority of the population.
The first is food. In the previous section, I talked about chocolate. But obviously, there are many kinds of food. For instance, pizza, pastries, cookies, cakes, French fries, potato chips, and other unhealthy foods, could be your Achilles’ heel. Find a way to avoid these as much as possible so you don’t get tempted to take a bite.
The second is time. If you don’t manage your time properly (preferably before you start your day), you may end up procrastinating. A highly effective method used by productive individuals is the Pomodoro method. Following this method, you’ll need to work intensely on a specific task for say, 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Just repeat this simple process until you finish your task. This technique will help you overcome procrastination as well as improve your focus and concentration.
The third common temptation is money. A lot of people have problems with money management. For one, having access to a credit card is so easy and people somehow think they can just buy whatever they want simply because they have a card! One popular way to overcome this is by strictly following a shopping or grocery list. This means if an item is not on the list, you don’t buy it. It’s as simple as that.