Do you not complete tasks on time?
Are you habitually making excuses like something is too hard or you do not have time?
Do you believe you can avoid the hard tasks in life?
When people ask you to do something, do you put if off until it is too late?
Most people are reactive to situations instead of practically creating desired outcomes.
You may be like the well-trained pet dog who sits, lies down and eats when they receive a signal as opposed to the wild wolfhound who knows the forest and devises ways to hunt against all the odds.
The discipline you have been taught may be reactionary performance of tasks programmed into you so you fit into the industrial machine.
Self-disciplined people are tenacious, repetitious, dogmatic and don’t quit, whinge or complain when the going gets tough.
They have been schooled and self-schooled that nothing is free. They believe they have to work to achieve anything, so giving up when things get tough is a waste of an opportunity.
As a child and teenager I trained as a dancer. While I was initially trained with reactionary discipline I had to cross over to self-discipline.
During my career I could end up rehearsing, choreographing, teaching, directing and producing during the day and performing at night six days a week so I was able to buy property cash. Excuses were not acceptable because if I didn’t turn up to work, the show did not go on.
I also came from great poverty so as a child I had to sell potatoes on the market in snow, frost, rain and heat to pay for the dance lessons. I learnt if I said I wanted something, I had to take the constant actions it takes to make that happen because no one else was going do it for me.
That meant I learnt to achieve what I wanted to achieve in life again and again, not only as a child but also as an adult so I can still dance on the points of my feet six decades after I started ballet class.
Here is a video of me recorded recently, aged 65, performing a creative interpretation of the ballet Carmen, on pointe, at Central Station in Sydney:
All successful people and those who operate successful strategies are self-disciplined and they are not the majority but the few. There is no room in society for 25 million Prime Ministers or Presidents.
The majority will always be worker bees not business owners or leaders. And if everyone had self-discipline, the industrial machine would collapse.
You never achieve anything by avoiding what it takes to do great things
Self-disciplined people are always willing to lean, grow and do the hard stuff outside their comfort zone. They have mentors, listen to their words and follow their instructions. They put their ego aside and are prepared to try something new that they have never encountered before, no matter how hard it may initially appear.
How to be self-disciplined:
► If you set yourself a task, prioritise it and follow it through until it is completed
► When you agree to do something be aware you have a duty of contract to follow through until it’s done
► Remember other people will be affected by you completing or not completing the task you agreed to complete
► Don’t whinge, complain or feel sorry for yourself when things get tough – get tougher
► Carefully strategise the best ways to achieve your goals and be prepared to change strategies if something crops up so you can still acheive your goals
► Repeat the necessary actions it takes again and again and again to get you to the task’s finishing line
Book your hypnotherapy appointment to become a more self-disciplined person with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath in Sydney. You can get help from anywhere in the world by booking an appointment with her the Australian Health & Education Centre.
DISCLAIMER: *Many factors will be important in determining your actual results and no guarantees are made that you will achieve results similar to anyone else’s. The nature of therapy requires each person entering therapy to actively engage in the session and to carry out any additional recommendations outside the session, so results vary according to the individual.