There are different ways on how to make your life better. Yet, only one is the most important and will bring you long-term success. Self-discipline. Let’s define it first. Self-discipline is correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement.

We are not naturally born self-disciplined, but it is the most valuable skill for a person’s growth. Take it this way. If you have the self-discipline you can achieve success in all areas of your life such as diet, fitness, career, money, personal growth, relationships.

Although it is not easy to become self-disciplined you can apply a few tweaks to make it more achievable.

1.   Have a Strong Why

Everything is much easier when we have a strong vision that pulls us forward. When you feel like you want to give up or when you lose momentum the only thing that will pick you up from the ground is a strong why.

Why do you want to be self-disciplined? What do you want to accomplish? Why do you want what you want? Those are the questions to be answered to discover your why.

2.   Find a Role Model

Once you have a why find someone in your surroundings or online who has already achieved what you are striving for. Model what that person does in order to be successful. Think of what would she do when facing the obstacles you are facing.

3.   Create a Reward System

Being self-disciplined is a hard work. Would you ask someone else to do it for free? Of course, not. You shouldn’t be doing it for free either. Get yourself some rewards for accomplishing your goals, for being self-disciplined for some amount of time (I would suggest 28 days), for creating a new habit, for being on the track. Don’t go too hard on yourself. If your goals are far in the distance give yourself some mid-term rewards.

4.   Learn to Act Within 5 Seconds

Mel Robbins created a bulletproof technique to win over procrastination, self-doubt, and fear. Start in 5 seconds. She calls it the power of the push moment, or as others would say – just get the ball rolling.

If your goal is to wake up at 5 a.m. every day, get up within 5 seconds since your alarm rings.  If you want to write a book, start writing within 5 seconds you think about it next time.

5.   Eat Healthily

I come back to this often. If you are not eating healthy your blood sugar level drops. You have mood swings. You are prone to binge eating. Your senses weaken. Your concentrations suffer. This is not a way to achieve your goals. More than that, it is making it so much harder to be self-disciplined. To stay focused. To go all in.

You deserve so much more than that piece of cake. You are capable of great things! Don’t make your own body and metabolism be in your way to success.

6.   Move Forward

OK. You didn’t follow through. You didn’t make it. Now it’s time for you to forgive yourself and move forward. Tomorrow is a new day and you can start all over again. Nobody is perfect and blaming yourself won’t help the thing.

When do you struggle to be self-disciplined? What are your main obstacles?