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Monday, February 1, 2010

How To Learn Self-Discipline (Tips)

One of the great things about political (or really any) blogging is that the constant effort to create quality content and meet daily deadlines for publishing it teaches you a lot about yourself and your own level of self-discipline.

You start to consciously think about time management as you try to fit blogging into your busy schedule. You become goal-oriented and start thinking about the future more. You try to whip yourself into shape, meet your deadlines, achieve your goals, and become a better blogger.

You may even try to start waking up earlier to read the day's important headlines and get in some good blogging before the rest of your day begins. The great thing about blogging is that it teaches you to crave discipline. In that respect I've already grown leaps and bounds directly because of my experience as an aspiring political blogger of note.

But I want to learn even more self-discipline, so I've gathered some materials and done some research related to the subject of discipline as I attempt to take The Humble Libertarian to the next level in 2010 (while simultaneously writing a political book, scoring more professional writing gigs, developing my blog consulting business, and searching for work in the non-profit political sector).

Here are some great resources I've come up with:

Steve Pavlina

"Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state.

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could simply get yourself to follow through on your best intentions no matter what. Picture yourself saying to your body, 'You’re overweight. Lose 20 pounds.' Without self-discipline that intention won’t become manifest. But with sufficient self-discipline, it’s a done deal. The pinnacle of self-discipline is when you reach the point that when you make a conscious decision, it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll follow through on it.

Self-discipline is one of many personal development tools available to you. Of course it is not a panacea. Nevertheless, the problems which self-discipline can solve are important, and while there are other ways to solve these problems, self-discipline absolutely shreds them. Self-discipline can empower you to overcome any addiction or lose any amount of weight. It can wipe out procrastination, disorder, and ignorance. Within the domain of problems it can solve, self-discipline is simply unmatched. Moreover, it becomes a powerful teammate when combined with other tools like passion, goal-setting, and planning."

Ryan Whiteside
10 Tips for Learning Self Discipline

"Here's a tip that will get you off the couch and start working. It's a bit silly. But I promise that if you try it just one time you will not think it's so silly anymore...

State out loud (or in your head) what you want to be doing, as if you were actually already doing it. If you want to stop watching TV and start doing yard work, repeat to yourself, 'I am doing yard work. I am doing yard work. I am doing yard work.'

You're probably thinking that there is no way that this works. Believe me, I said the same thing myself. All I ask is that you try it just one time! I hope you do. You'll be amazed!"
Overcoming Procrastination by Avoiding 'Have To's

"We engage in mental dialogs with ourselves all the time. Just like when talking to other people, paying attention to how we talk to ourselves is extremely important if you want effective communication.

When procrastinating, we often talk to ourselves like this:

  • 'I have to go to the dentist.'
  • 'I have to fill my tax forms.'

Procrastinators try to force themselves into action by saying they ‘have to’ do some task. Despite the good intentions, this is the worst expression to be used if you want to get motivated into action. Sadly, it is also the most commonly used."
10 Benefits of Rising Early, and How to Do It

Now, let me first say that if you are a night owl, and that works for you, I think that’s great. There’s no reason to change, especially if you’re happy with it. But for me, switching from being a night owl to an early riser (and yes, it is possible) has been a godsend. It has helped me in so many ways that I’d never go back. Here are just a few...