We always make some kind of goals we want to achieve either in close or a distant future. If you don’t have any particular goals and just waste your time wandering around it may be a good time to ask yourself why you are here. What is it that you want to achieve in your life? You came here with a purpose so you just have to dig deep enough to find it.
Coming back to our goals; we all know that realizing our goals usually require more effort than we might want, and in order to stay on the track we must keep to a certain discipline every day. However, keeping to a strict discipline sometimes seems harder and harder each new day until we find ourselves postponing our own assignments and become sloppier with our work.
If we get to that point we must realize that there is simply no other way to make our dreams happen but to take every required step. Keep forcing ourselves in something that doesn’t work for us is not good either though. There are certain practices you can follow that will help to keep your discipline going without feeling like you’re carrying a truckload on your back.
Practical Approach to Staying Disciplined
The greatest reason why we start to lose our stamina lies in the fact that we start forgetting about our goal and we begin thinking more and more about the work. Now, that might seem surprising as you read this article, but most of us can actually get to the point when we totally forget why are we doing something and continue doing it simply for the sake of doing it. At that point, staying disciplined is practically impossible.
Do you remember how was it like when you get that fresh idea about something you wanted to achieve? How did you feel? There was excitement, joy, happiness and so much strength going through your entire being that you felt like you can move mountains. But as the work starts, things start to cool down as well. There are very doable and practical ways to get around that, but it does require another kind of discipline, and that is mental discipline – the one that doesn’t involve any kind of physical endeavor.
1. Always Stay Directed On Your Goal
As I discussed in the above two paragraphs, the greatest reason why our blood cools down and we turn into hibernating human, lies in the fact that our mind losses that track of our aim. If we shot with a gun and we lose our aim, we will not hit the target. The same applies to our life. If we work for something and we start losing our aim, we will have a hard time getting to our goal and even harder time continuing on our path.
To make sure we don’t make our life harder than it needs to be, we should remain directed onto our goal at all times. Before we do any work, while we are working, and after we are done with our work, we should be working with the goal in mind and feeling the feelings of having that goal obtained. That will make our work 10 times as easy and staying disciplined will be 10 times as easy too.
The easiest way to do so is to take a little paper and write your goal on it, with few simple, yet thorough words. Keep that paper with you at all times. If you work on the computer, keep that paper right in front of you so you can see it all the times as you work on something. It will keep you reminded why are you working and will keep your attention centered on your goal and allow you to have a much easier time working on something that might not be the most pleasant at the time. Regardless of your work, you should always have a note and perhaps a picture of your goal right in front of you.
2. Don’t Dig Trenches if there isn’t A Need To
Are you sure that you are optimizing your work for the best performance? Or do you dig trenches even though you could just stack up some sandbags? (I hope you understand the terminology). Don’t do work that isn’t necessary.
Don’t make your work too hard if it not needs be. Stay directed onto your goal and observe what you truly need to do at any given time and constantly adjust your work accordingly for the best performance.
It is not that hard when you have that paper in front of you from our previous chapter. This is your few-words Holy Bible of your dream realization that is constantly guiding you to achieving your goal. The moment you find yourself buying pears for an apple pie, look at that paper and think again. Do I really need to waste time buying for pears or will apples that I have on my front yard be enough for an apple pie? Well go figure; pears are not needed for an apple pie.
That is the approach we must take in realizing our goal. Be aware about what work is necessary and what isn’t.
3. Don’t Try To Build a Rocket in One Day
I guess I have a thing for rockets – the actual man carrying rockets that take you to the outer space of nothingness. I have written a very interesting article about how to create a simple online business plan that also features rockets – you may want to check it out when you have time.
To come back on our track, speaking of rockets, don’t try to build one overnight. Don’t stack too much work on one day as this will shake your solid foundations of discipline and put it on the test.
There is just so much that one person can endure on a consistent basis, so make sure you plan for the future and see how much you can endure and still feel alive and fresh enough to live the rest of the day and do the same the next day.
If you feel that you are getting exhausted more and more as days go by, even though you have your goal in front of you and do only the necessary work, you might suffer from overworking, which should be stopped immediately, because continuing this way will force you to quit at some point in the future, possibly before reaching your destination.
There is no need to rush at anything, because it is not the speed that gets you somewhere, but consistency. Remember that. Those that have a tendency to overload themselves, constantly look for breaks and vacations to unload the heavy burden of their every day. Their life looks like a tsunami waves in side view.
The reality is that they don’t achieve their goal any faster than those who work little every day and on a consistent basis, allowing themselves enough time to enjoy every day of their life by doing many other things as well.
I hope this reading material was very helpful and will make it possible for you to realize your goals by enjoying on the path as well, because remember, if you don’t enjoy on the way, than final results will not be as satisfying as it should be either. Take one bite at a time and you will see that you will finish your meal sooner than you think.
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