Visualization, motivation, inspiration, the law of attraction; these are all overused words in the self-improvement world. Sure they sound good, But let’s be real, it’s all bullshit!
Simple, they are all based on emotion, and emotions change like the weather.
If you want to have real tangible results, the only word you need to bash into your head to achieve success is discipline.
If you don’t, here are some of the people you are in disagreement with:
Self-discipline is the No. 1 delineating factor between the rich, the middle class and the poor.-Robert Kiyosaki
Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.– John C. Maxwell
Discipline Is The Bridge Between Goals And Accomplishment.-Jim Rohn
Those three men alone have a total net worth of 1.3 Billion!
So how do you build discipline?
Suppose you were to take a walk down memory lane, and thought about the day when you began learning how to ride a bike. You didn’t just hop on the bike and began riding like the wind, No, you started slow, continually stopping to readjust and regain your balance.
Building Discipline is identical; it’s a skill that you build. Don’t let anybody tell you that they were born disciplined, because it’s just not true!
Like every other skill, you need to start small and remain consistent in the journey to building discipline.
In the following article, I will give you five practical tips on how to build the discipline to win! Not by running ten miles a day, or doing 500+ push-ups.
It’s done by doing small chores, ones that will cause you little discomfort, but will train your untrained mind to be obedient.
Do you have the minimum discipline to finish this article and put it’s tips into practice?
We shall see…
How To Build Discipline For Success: Take Cold Showers
Taking a cold shower will be your first victory of the day.
It requires will power and discipline.
I mean, how many people would exchange a comfortable, hot, relaxing shower, for a freezing one? Full of goosebumps, breathlessness, and suffering?
And that is where you are setting yourself apart. That is how you begin to build discipline for success.
You are setting yourself up for success by accomplishing a difficult task to start the day.
Furthermore, you are also preparing yourself for future hardships that your day might hold.
To top it all off, if you do the icy shower every day, you’ll be building major discipline, by teaching your mind to do something it does not want to do.
I can’t lie, it wasn’t easy in the beginning. I would stand next to the ice-cold water stream hoping it would magically become bearable, but of course, it didn’t.
A strategy that helped me and might help you too, is to count down from ten, then running into the ice cold stream when you get to one. To this day, I still use this strategy, and it never gets easier.
However, the valuable lesson is that you learn to pull the trigger and do the damn thing!
Let me tell you though, the aftermath of the cold shower is fantastic!
You will feel more awake and energized than ever; highly focused too. You also get this feeling of impatience, like you can’t wait to start your day!
It’s quite refreshing. (no pun intended)
Along with the energy boost and clarity of mind; according to Medical Daily, taking cold showers also offers the following benefits:
- Healthier Hair and skin
- Immune system improvement
- Improvements on circulation
- Stimulates weight-loss
- Speeds up muscle recovery
- Relieves depression and stress
I can see how it relieves stress; while you are inside, you can’t worry. All you can think about is how cold you are!
How To Build Discipline For Success: Make your bed every morning
Ever wonder why the military is so determined to teach recruits how to make the perfect bed, or in their case, rack?
What is the point of this task? Does the military want a pretty place?
Possibly, but the primary purpose of this task is to build a disciplined environment.
An environment where soldiers listen and obey. One where soldiers act quickly and concisely. After all, their lives and the lives of the American citizens depend on that discipline!
Making your bed might seem like such a simple task, but it’s potent and crucial when learning how to build discipline for success, and here’s why
A Consistent Daily Task
Making your bed 3 or 4 days in a row is a piece of cake, but try making your bed every single day for one year, not so easy anymore. That commitment to maintaining consistency is the hardest test and the biggest builder of all-around discipline there is.
Over time what happens is that the constant discipline of making your bed gets hard-wired into your brain and ends up becoming a habit.
Although it’s a small habit and probably won’t bring you much success; it does lead the way to build other more important habits, ones which will bring you huge success! Remember, it’s all about starting small.
Forces You To Wake Up Earlier
There is no greater discipline than the one of putting yourself in an uncomfortable position for the sake of completing the task at hand. That is precisely what you’re doing when you wake up 5-10 minutes earlier to make your bed.
I don’t know about you but taking out those 5 to 10 minutes out of the time I could be snoozing in my warm, soft, comfy bed is a huge deal. It is not an easy sacrifice for me, but I know that it’s a necessary one, which will make me stronger every single day.
First Accomplishment Of The Day
Do you ever get the feeling that when somethings go right, then everything else after that also goes well? And the same in the opposite sense, when something goes wrong, then everything after that starts falling apart.
Well, the reason for that phenomenon is that we carry the momentum or energy of that particular event into everything else we do after that.
Well, when you make your bed after waking up you are completing your first task of the day; it is your first accomplishment. Therefore by getting that first win, you are setting yourself up for more wins, by carrying that momentum with you for the rest of the day.
Remember, how you start is most of the time how you also finish. So you don’t want to start your day with a loss, or with a lack of forwarding momentum.
How To Build Discipline For Success: Tip 3 No Fap
For those of you who don’t know what no fap is; it is no masturbating, or chocking the chicken, or whatever you want to call it.
Now, I suggest to you no fapping, not because of an ethical or religious reason, after all this is not an article on morality but on building discipline. I suggest to you no fapping because it takes incredible self-control not to do so, especially as a man!
According to an article on cosmopolitan, based on the answers of 16 men, it showed that a large number of men masturbate at least once a day. I profoundly believe this source because those were regular numbers for me back in the day, and the same for many other friends of mine that I’ve spoken to.
It’s not an easy task for men to stop fapping, after all, it in our nature to want to experience sexual pleasure. To not do it would be going against your human instinct. And that’s precisely why you should do no fapping; you will build incredible discipline and willpower resisting this tremendous urge!
Not to mention the possible benefits you might be able to partake in by no fapping, ones like:
- More energy
- Less depressed
- More confidence
- Feeling more motivation
- More social
- More willing to speak to women
- Better relationships
- Better sex
Now, these benefits are based on people who have undertaken the no fap challenge, and given their testimony. It is by no means based on actual scientific research, so don’t take it as 100% fact.
Try it for yourself and find out. In my case, I have felt more energy and increased confidence ever since I stopped fapping on the regular.
If your willing to try it, I’m going to tell you the truth that it’s not easy, and you will fail. But the key lies in starting over and looking to improve your last duration without fapping.
Two things I’ve done that have helped me the most is entirely ditching porn, and never allowing myself to have downtime. Also stay away from movies and shows which show nudity or sexual scenes; these will cause you to cheat.
How To Build Discipline For Success: Tip 4 Early Bedtime And Early Wake Time
Lastly but probably one of the hardest to do is keeping an early bedtime and wake time. It’s almost impossible to hit the ZZZs early in this day in age; there are just too many distractions.
You know what I’m talking about, Youtube, Instagram, Netflix, Espn, etc. And trust me, I get it, it’s understandable that once you get off of work, you want to relax and watch some cool shit.
See, but that’s where the discipline part comes in. You have to sacrifice all that stuff which isn’t going to have any benefit for your success or growth. By going to bed early, you are going to start building that daily discipline, that combined with all the other points mentioned in this article will make you one solid minded man!
Also, you’ll get to enjoy a significant benefit of going to bed early, which is, you will be overall more productive, getting shit done!
The waking up early part will come easier once you get the going to bed early part down pack.
The body needs 8 hours of sleep according to sleep researcher Mathew Walker, look him up for some sleep tips. So if the body needs 8 hours of sleep and you go to bed at 10 pm, that means by 6 am you should be waking up naturally, feeling well rested and refreshed.
At the beginning getting used to this sleeping pattern will be extremely hard just like all the other tips in this article. But if you stick to the program and set your mind to staying disciplined, then this task will get easier, along with everything else you tackle in life with discipline.
Here Are A Couple Of Tips Which Will Help You Achieve This Task:
- shut off all screens by 9 pm
- read in your bed for 30 min before bed
- dim all the lights in your place
- take a cold shower before jumping into bed
- listen to an audiobook before bed
- set multiple alarms
- don’t drink coffee after 5 pm
- take some Nyquil PM
Discipline is like a muscle that you must continuously work to keep it growing strong; drop the ball and it will atrophy.
Right now you might not be a very disciplined person, but I assure you that if you start taking small steps like the ones I have shared with you in this article.
Then before you know it, you will be achieving goals you could never have imagined you could reach. Here are the five tips you can start with to make your way to having the ultimate self-discipline.
- Take cold showers
- No fapping
- Make your bed every morning
- Wake up and go to be early