Recently we discussed change and in my opinion, one of the key ingredients to true change is discipline. Discipline is defined as conscious control over lifestyle – mental self-control used in directing or changing behavior, learning something, or training for something.  Here is a breakdown of discipline to help you continue down the path or perhaps blaze a new trail to incorporate this quality characteristic into your daily habits.

Desire – you must want what you have written or listed as your goal or objective.

Initiate – you must initate the proper behaviors or changes into your life.

Sacrifices – you must realize there are sacrifices necessary to implement in your life to achieve success.

Commit – you must commit to the changes you desire and stick with them to get the results you want.

Intentional – your actions must be intentional towards your new behavior and away from the old in order for true change to occur in your life.

Passion – you must have passion to achieve what lifestyle change you are implementing into your routine.

Learn – you must learn to accept the challenges you will face and fight through the “pain” of old habits.

Inspire – reward your new behavior to inspire yourself to stay on course and in the process, perhaps you will inspire others to do the same!

Numbers – it starts with small incremental changes, one by one that will add up to huge results.  As the saying goes, you eat an elephant one bite at a time.

Excellence – is what you will achieve if you stick with your plan of action through discipline.

In order to effectively implement change in your life, you must embrace discipline.  By writing your goals down, it will help you have focus, desire and the will to achieve, which will result in discipline becoming easier for you.  Remember, it all starts within you.  Get it?  Got it?  Good!

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