Struggling with staying on track is something we all deal with. We know what we need to do, but getting there can be difficult at times. Discipline is one of the few things that can lead us to our ambitions, but mastering this skill takes time to develop.

Set goals and execute. What many of us lack is setting specific, clear goals. Goals that are accurate and give us a target to aim for. With precise goals in mind, we’re able to execute on a daily basis towards those ambitions. When we know which direction we want to head in and we force ourselves to take action, that’s when the magic starts.

Create habits. Discipline is difficult to keep up, so the best way to supplement it is to create habits that align with our goals. For example, if we want to read more, meditate, and work on our long-term vision, perhaps we might wake up an hour earlier every morning to work on those items. Cultivating the right habits creates an autopilot effect while still helping us progress towards our goals.

Keep moving forward. We’re human, not machines. Naturally, we’ll fall off track, make mistakes, and stray off the path we want. The best way to get over this is to acknowledge the fall, not be too hard on ourselves, and keep going. It’s ok to fall. The key is to get back to up.

Discipline is arguably one of the most important skills we can develop if we want to make progress in any area. It’s difficult, which is why real success is hard to come by. When we put together a plan of action, create long-term habits, and get back on board when we fall, nothing can stop us.

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him." -Buddha


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