Your Self-Discipline and Your Time — The Power You Hold in Your Hands

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Your self-discipline keeps you on track.

What does your self-discipline have to do with your time?

Well, in today’s busy world, finding time for what matters most is a challenge that we all confront daily. 

Life’s distractions and demands come at you fast if you’re like many people. And staying on track may sometimes feel nearly impossible.

Your self-discipline is a key ingredient in any effort to find the time you need.

Unfortunately, though, this foundational skill often has a connotation of scarcity, self-criticism, and self-denial.

Rethinking your self-discipline…

I’d like to help you turn that idea on its head and reframe your self-discipline as a positive, proactive, and affirming skill. In truth, it’s what helps you create the base for making your cherished goals into realities. 

So, think of your self-discipline as you way of saying a strong and consistent YES to your top priorities.

Delaying gratification doesn’t equal deprivation.

In an article titled Time Management Tips – How to Boost Productivity Using Delay of Gratification, I refer to the “first discipline” in Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled.  I explore 5 benefits that grow out of developing your self-discipline and your ability to delay gratification to further your larger goals. 

Honing this skill for yourself develops many strengths and attributes that go well beyond the present moment and will serve you well in all sorts of situations.

Treat delay of gratification like a muscle you build. Start small, collect successes, and work your way up. The more consistently you exercise this muscle, the more strength and flexibility you manifest.

Achievement follows…

Clearly visualize the achievement of your long-term goal. The satisfaction you experience will help make your chosen course more compelling than the current distraction. Your self-discipline is about saying “Yes” to your goal by saying “No” to what’s getting in the way.

Expect to learn as you go, and extend both patience and compassion to yourself as you make this discipline your own.

Is it challenging for you to keep your eye on the prize?  How do you respond to distractions?  How do you validate yourself when you delay gratification and stick with your goals? 

Here’s more help…

Setting and maintaining boundaries is a skill that makes everything else in your life possible. And it’s a difficult challenge for lots of smart, motivated people. People like you.

“Your Secret Power: How to Honor Your Time and Claim Your Space with Boundaries” gently steers you to a more profound understanding of where and how your boundary-setting efforts get short-circuited. Not only that, but it helps you establish the boundaries you need to unlock the door to your freedom. Boundary-setting is a skill that’s learnable, doable and definitely within your reach. And the strategies, tips and exercises in “Your Secret Power” help you discover how to:

  • Set and maintain boundaries to enhance your productivity and, yes, make more money;
  • Recharge your energy so you have the time and freedom to do what you value and what you’d like to do in your life; and
  • Learn how to say no, which opens the door to your next big Yes.

Ready to start using boundaries to maximize your time and energy? Click the link below to learn more about this transformative time tool and the bonuses that come with it:

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