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7 Ways to Improve Self-Discipline

Whether you’ve been raised with high levels of discipline, or you’ve grown up completely void of self-restraint, life will always put you in situations that require this exact quality.

Strangely enough, people with well-developed self-discipline are in fact happier – at least according to a study conducted by the University of Chicago.

For folks who don’t consider themselves well-disciplined, this idea may seem unlikely. But believe it or not, one can only attain inner peace and success if one tries to improve self-discipline.

Here are several methods that can help. (And here is our collection of discipline quotes for additional motivation.)

7 Ways To Improve Self-Discipline Even When You’re Distracted 1. Turn to mindful meditation.

As soon as you realize that you’re completely overwhelmed, use your awareness to transform that feeling into complete clarity. It’s in the moments of greatest chaos that you should aim to find your inner stillness.

Find a few moments to step away from the flood of emails, the incessant ringing of phones, and start breathing through the mess.

If you’re new to the practice of mindfulness meditation, it might take you more time than those several moments. But if you turn it into a daily habit, you’ll be surprised how refreshed and invigorated you will feel. It’s as if you had a full two-week vacation in the Caribbean without ever having to leave your desk.

2. Think in milestones.

First of all, try to change your mindset from “this is a character flaw” to “this is an amazing opportunity to grow as a person”. This will give you the basis for long-term change that you’ll truly appreciate and enjoy.

Start by determining your most difficult tasks that require more discipline and energy. Then set

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