Let's apply it to the scenario in the first paragraph where you feel a discomfort or stagnation in your career. You are determined to get that promotion and you’ve come to the conclusion that your work performance isn’t as high as it needs to be. You’re not in danger of being cut but it's unlikely to get you promoted either. You decide you’re ready to create your own success. The question is, what changes will you make to take your talents to the next level? Which old habits are you prepared to remedy, and how will you go above and beyond what’s already expected of you? Which strategies will you employ to stand out from the crowd, and how do you know they will work?
A great place to start is eliminating the amount of time wasted throughout the day on social media or phone apps instead of being productive. If you can give up these things then not only are you on the first step to exercising self-discipline, you’re already on the path to achieving your goal of professional development. Short-term indulgences, distractions, and having extended breaks are normal. While it’s okay to give into them every once in a while, doing them habitually will set you back further from getting the success you want. This is the easy part.
The most difficult aspect of learning self-discipline is maintaining your focus on it. Success Story sees the trait as the purest form of concentration. Day in, day out, you will have to concentrate on one purpose at a time, put everything aside, and adhere to it until you’ve obtained the desired output. Sounds great on paper but you have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for what is to come. You have to be ready for the length of time it will take to exceed your past performances.
You might question the purpose of all this, particularly if you fail. It is in these moments that you will once again have to make the command decision whether to move forward or just give up. Frustration will set in and that’s okay. You just need to be aware that if you take a breather, pick yourself up and start again. Take pride in the fact that you have already exercised genuine self-discipline. You will probably have more failures along the way but if you can learn from them and continue trying, you will make progress toward your larger goals. All it takes is the willingness and determination to keep on practicing and soon you will gain the mastery of your skills as well as self-discipline itself.
At the very least, your supervisors will take notice of your efforts to be self-disciplined. Discipline is one of four key skills you need to be a leader, as identified by Maryville University. Developing this skill will boost your perceived value, and managers will start to regard you as someone preferred for upcoming promotion cycles. It’s what makes self-discipline such an excellent trait to have. The time and effort to learn it is already a reward in itself.