Discipline is not always easy, but it is well worth it. When you set goals and work on them every day until you accomplish the goal, you feel proud of yourself. Not only because you accomplished the goal, but because you did not quit. You stuck with your goals and made them happen. Think back to when you had a goal and worked on it every day until it was done. How did you feel?
I recently developed a workshop called Blogging to Be Found. It took me six weeks and I worked on it every day. Had I not set goals along the way, it never would have come to fruition. It made me feel good because I achieved each goal along the way. In turn, everyone who took the course and worked through each step benefited from taking it.
The goals you set can have a profound influence on others.
Discipline Leads to Self-Respect
When you discipline yourself to accomplish a goal, you also increase your self-respect. Think of the people you have the most respect for, and why you respect them. Chances are one of those reasons is that they have self-discipline. They set out to do something and they accomplish it.
By doing the same for yourself, you can have more respect for who you are as a person. When you do not use self-discipline, you will feel less respect for yourself. You will find that you have lower self-esteem as well, and are more likely to fall into negativity.
Have you ever set a goal and not accomplished it? How did you feel?
If you’ve ever set a goal to lose weight and you didn’t reach your goal, you know what I’m talking about.
Set Goals and Challenge Yourself to Meet Them
When you set goals and challenge yourself to meet them, you need to follow through with discipline. When you do that, you will find out that you can overcome obstacles that you might have thought were too difficult, You learn more about who you are and what you can accomplish when you set your mind to it.
A lot of times people put limitations on themselves that are not really accurate. Think about something you think is not possible. Is it really impossible or are you setting a limitation that is artificial? One way to find out is to set a goal and make it happen. Obviously, if you are a couch potato, you cannot immediately run a marathon, but over time as you build up your body with increasingly more intense exercise, you can.
Set milestones, little goals, that you know you can do. If you want to create a program, map out all the things that need to be done. Landing page, thank you page, optin, email series, etc. Do you have the tools to make that happen? What do you need to learn? Do you need a coach to help you through the steps? When do you want the program to start? How will you market it? Who will you market to?
Figure out a goal that you want to do, and set up milestones along the way. Then each day do something to make those milestones happen. It does not have to be anything major, just one more small step on the way to your final goal. When you reach that final goal, take stock of how you feel about yourself and what you are capable of doing.