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Flexing the Self-Discipline Muscle

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Several factors are at play when it comes to achieving success. And one that often proves vital in the key components one must possess is self-discipline. It is the building block of great effort and accomplishments. It comes handy, especially at times when dealing with complex issues that seem to make it harder to achieve your goals. It is self-discipline that enables you to do whatever it takes to start and finish things even if is the last thing you want to do. You develop self-discipline through constant and diligent practice every day of your life. Here are some fairly easy ways to build self-discipline or regain it if you feel that you may have lost it along the way.

1. Go easy on yourself. Even the most self-disciplined slip up sometimes. Do not be too hard on yourself when you fail to follow-through at times. Just make sure to take note of the lapses and strive to avoid repeating the same mistakes that led to it. Acknowledge that you need to improve your self-discipline without being too hard on yourself. Use the experience as a lesson to know the triggers that weaken your resolve.

2. Practice self-motivation. What is it that drives you? Focus on whatever it is that motivates you, especially when you feel that your self-discipline is flagging. Reminding yourself why you have to do what you need to do can give you the added push to recover or build self-discipline.

3. Don’t rush it. Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself to take major steps to build self-discipline. The best way for you to develop and sustain motivation along the way is to start small and simple. Break down your big goals into more manageable mini-goals. This way, you can focus on achieving a weekly goal. Succeeding on a mini-goal can help you gain the confidence to keep moving forward to take the next steps.

4. Be mindful. Stay in the present moment while doing the things you need to do. Don’t worry or overthink about what you have to do in the future. Focus on the now so you can give all your attention and energy to a task at hand.

5. Give your full commitment. Your level of commitment makes a lot of difference when it comes to building self-discipline. Do not be influenced by other people’s lack of motivation or inability to follow-through. Stick to what works for you and commit 100% of your focus and energy toward taking the steps to improve your self-discipline.

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Nighttime Habits for Improved Mental Performance

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Busy and stressful days at the workplace often make it more challenging to perform effectively. Some days, you could find yourself barely making headway at the mounting pile work, rushing to meet deadlines, and jugging different tasks at the same time. To stay on top of your game, you need to find ways to boost brainpower and sharpen your mind at work. Here are some nighttime habits that can help you sharpen your mind and improve your mental acuity.

1. Spend some time reading. Sleep strengthens brain recall and improves your ability to access information. You can sharpen your mind by incorporating reading into your pre-bedtime ritual. However, you need to develop the self-discipline to properly pace your reading so as to avoid staying up late into the night just to finish a book or magazine article.

2. Aim for quality sleep. Sleep is one the most powerful tools that can help sharpen your memory and boost your brainpower. You need to work on getting enough sleep every night if you want to be effective and productive at work.

3. Do something to relieve stress. Avoid bringing work at home. Make your home that one place where you can look forward to relax and unwind after a busy day at work. Devote your time at home to relaxing pursuits. Spend your personal time enjoying a good meal, soaking in a scented bath, reading an inspiring book, or listening to soothing music as you get ready to sleep.

4. Practice free-writing. A study shows that writing longhand can be stimulating to your brain. Keep a journal not just to stimulate and exercise your brain but also to write down your thoughts, record ideas, and express yourself.

5. Practice or learn a foreign language. Learning a new language is an excellent exercise for the brain. You can benefit personally or professionally if you learn a new language. Carve out some time each night to work on your writing, reading, and speaking skills on a foreign tongue of your choice.

6. Practice mindfulness or meditation. Meditation is a great way to manage your stress and prevent mental conditions such as anxiety and depression. It can also boost mental clarity, concentration, focus, decision-making skills, and creativity. Make meditation a part of your daily routines and you will soon experience the many benefits the ancient practice gives.

7. Visualize. Prepare for another day at work by visualizing the outcomes you want to happen and create an internal dialogue that would keep you motivated to accomplish it. Do not dwell on negative thoughts. Instead, acknowledge them and shift your focus towards the good things you intend to happen.