How do you keep yourself focused on what’s important? In this day of social media, 24-hour news cycles, fast food and a seemingly never-ending grind staying on track is a challenge. People have never been more distracted, and it shows every day in how we live our lives. Discipline has never been more important! Below I’ve put together a few of my ways for maintaining self-control.
You can’t go from a couch potato eating french fries to a stoic monk in a week. It’s just not possible to make any real changes in your thought patterns like that; you’ll be more likely to fall back into old habits as well. Start with one thing – for example, drinking eight glasses of water in a day. Once you’ve got that down you can move onto something else. Working your self-control like a muscle will help you build up strength of will.
Put Your Blinders On
We get bombarded with information throughout the day. Try limiting yourself and consuming less cable news and less social media. It’s been said many times but the point is still valid – social media is like comparing your life to everyone else’s highlight reel. Inevitably you feel like you come up short. It’s a waste of time and energy to be worrying about what everyone else is doing, who went to the party last weekend, or whatever other random distractions social media can throw your way. Likewise, an overabundance of news can leave you feeling adrift in an ocean of information. Maintain your focus on what’s important. Things that truly are have a way of finding their way through the filters.
Working towards goals gives you a reason for maintaining your discipline. It’s very difficult to keep yourself on a path that isn’t leading anywhere. Having something you want to accomplish will give you something to focus on when you’re close to losing it.
Building discipline is difficult and takes time, but it’s worth it. Start building your bridge today.