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Everyone wants to succeed in life, but if you don’t have enough self-discipline, then it will be very difficult to follow through with your ambitions and make the most out of life. Nobody should idly watch their life go by; you have the power to do whatever you want, so you should do whatever you can to take the reins and steer your life towards the direction that you want to take. You want to unlock the power to do anything that you put your mind to, so check out these five extremely useful ways to cultivate self-discipline and excel at life.

  1. Set Measurable Goals

Without adequate goals, you’re like a plastic bag in the wind. Sure, fate may take you somewhere nice, but if you don’t have a destination, then you’ll just drift between different circumstances. There must be something that you want in life. Whether you’d like to save up to own a home, lose weight, improve a relationship, or advance in your career, you need to turn those desires into measurable goals. Instead of simply setting a goal to lose weight, try setting a goal to lose a certain number of pounds by a specific date.

According to a scientific study at, the human brain is more comfortable with clearly defined tasks, so it’s important to avoid setting broad or vague goals. If your goals can’t be outright measured or closely approximated, then you won’t be able to see your progress or assess your success. Without a clear way to measure success, you won’t feel very driven to achieve anything, and your self-discipline will suffer. Furthermore, it’s important to set realistic goals. Yeah, you may want to increase your bench press by 70 pounds in a month, but is that achievable? It’s fine to have big goals, but they should be split up into smaller goals so that you can track your progress and make adjustments when necessary.

2. Believe in Success but Don’t Fear Failure

Sometimes, you may hear a voice that tells you that you’re not good enough. It points to every failure or embarrassing mistake that you’ve ever made, and it says that if you pursue your ambitions, then it will end in a similarly negative way. For the sake of your personal growth and development, do not listen to that voice! Self-doubt is the enemy of progress, and if you constantly listen to the part of you that tells you that you’ll fail, then you will never truly develop self-discipline. Your self-doubt is based on fear, but are the stakes that high? Unless you’re trying to climb Mount Everest alone in the middle of January, it’s very unlikely that pursuing ambitions will end in death or injury. You may be afraid that someone will laugh at you, but is that a realistic fear?

If someone mocks you or looks down on you because you didn’t achieve something, then that person’s opinion probably doesn’t matter, and you’re better off without them. You will achieve your dreams as long as you set your mind to it. You may fall short now and then, but you should see failure as a learning opportunity instead of an endpoint. We all fail sometimes, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Instead, try to analyze what went wrong. With that knowledge, you can adjust your approach and increase your likelihood of success in the future.

3. Follow a Routine

The medical professionals at note that routines are vital for stress management, optimal sleep, and goal fulfillment, so you should take a critical look at your routine. When do you wake up? What does your morning ritual look like? Do you have a concrete checklist for your day, or do you just go wherever the day takes you? If you don’t already have a routine, then you should make one. Your routine should include daily chores, a bedtime and waking time, exercise, valued hobbies, meal times, and more. You don’t need to get too fancy with it; the important thing is to have a routine in the first place. When you have a set list of tasks and timetables every day, it’s much easier to contextualize your day’s progress and figure out how you’ll achieve your goals and obligations.

4. Be Honest With Yourself

To cultivate self-discipline, you need to honestly assess yourself, your abilities, and your actions. You’re the only person who truly knows whether or not you’re putting your best effort into something. It’s easy to equivocate or claim that your work was good enough, but if you don’t try your best, then you’ll slide into a pattern of mediocrity and half-baked efforts. Now, this isn’t to say that you should put yourself under immense pressure. If something is truly too difficult or stressful, then you should take a step back to reexamine your priorities. That being said, you should make sure that you’ve made a genuine effort before reducing the scope of your goals.

To help yourself develop and execute appropriate goals, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Others’ skills and achievements have no bearing on your own. If you’re trying to get your first fulltime job at the age of 30, don’t worry about what your friends or peers have achieved. Sure, you may be insecure about starting at an entry-level position, but everyone has to start somewhere, and starting now means that you’ll be further along one year from now than you would be otherwise.

5. Limit Harmful Distractions

While the occasional show, game, or glass of wine is fine, these things become problematic when you use them to procrastinate. Supporting this, a recent study at found that over 50 percent of procrastinators aimlessly surf the internet to distract themselves from important tasks. Unless you want to waste a big chunk of your life on cat pictures and social media, you should probably examine your procrastination habits. Procrastination is based on the fear of failure, so that’s why it feels so dreadful. When you put something off, you can’t fully enjoy the distraction because that task, goal, or obligation will always hang over you until it’s finally taken care of.

To limit procrastination and avoid getting lost in escapism, try to do things as soon as they come to mind. The longer you wait to accomplish a task, the easier it will be to keep making excuses, and your odds of success will steadily decline as the clock continues to tick. It’s easy to lose track of your ambitions and obligations, so writing things down and regularly checking your goals will help remind you of what’s important in life. When it’s fresh in your mind that you have something to take care of, putting it off won’t be so easy.

About the author

This article was written by author Rebecca Craik. Rebecca is the creator of a successful home lifestyle blog that helps her readers create a balanced and joyful home. Over half a million monthly readers are enjoying her creative organizing techniques, personal growth strategies, and more! Head over to her outstanding blog to know more about her.

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