Over the past couple of months, I've been trying to develop and maintain this thing called self-discipline. Ugh, trust me I know right. In my opinion, every successful person has great self-discipline, which why I want to improve mine. It’s something that each of us need, but it seems to be the hardest thing to gain despite the only thing in the way of developing it is ourselves. Self-discipline is defined as the following:
- Training and control of oneself and one's conduct, usually for personal improvement.
- The act of disciplining or power to discipline one's own feelings, desires, etc, esp. with the intention of improving oneself
- Disciplineand training of oneself, usu. for improvement.
I am a very goal orientated person. As a former college athlete, setting goals and devising a plan to reach them was a part of my livelihood. Because basketball and school were the two most important things in my life, having self-discipline came natural to me. It was simple. I wanted to be a great shooter, that was important to me, so naturally I made time to shoot everyday. Without school, there was no basketball so again making time to study and make sure my grades were always up to par, never was a struggle.
However, somewhat new to this whole adult life thing at times I find myself struggling to maintain that same level of self-discipline. Overtime, its become a lot easier to slip into a lazy slump and just accept things the way they are. After all, I'm not being yelled out, pushed by my coaches, and depended upon by my teammates each and everyday. Now, it’s all on me.
As an adult, discipline has become little less different than managing to run, lift and shoot. Personally, it has now shifted to learning to do the things that successful people on their lives consistently on a daily basis. Reading, getting better, learning, expanding my mind to think beyond the norm, not complaining, make the best of each circumstance, continuing help others, and a whole lot more. So, instead of watching my usual reality trash TV at night, I'm happy to say I'm reading every night before bed.
I've been trying to consistent blog, write, and update for years now, but have lacked the self-discipline to do so. That is until now (hopefully). I always have these crazy and good ideas to start a new project, but often times never follow through with them due to pure laziness. Successful people are far from lazy, another reason why I desperately in need of improving mine. To start transitioning for the constant act of thinking of great things, and to finally start doing them.
I just know that I want to do some pretty-cool amazing things with my life (besides basketball) and each day wasted, is one day lost. Maintaining self-discipline to do the little things without being told, doing them when you least feel like it will only help develop the habits that will then come natural. It may sound silly, but to me I’m training myself to be successful, and it starts with self-discipline.