You Winning the Self-Discipline Game? How to Get More Out of Yourself
you happy with your productivity? Could you get more out of yourself
on a daily basis? Do you have a system for creating more self-discipline
in your life and for becoming better at achieving your goals? Learn
about the special system top achievers use to reach for the stars.
Are You Winning the Self-Discipline Game?
How To Get More Out of Yourself Every Day
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Are you happy with your productivity? Could you
get more out of yourself on a daily basis? Do you have a system
for creating more self-discipline in your life and for becoming
better at achieving your goals?
There is a way to push yourself and focus better without being negative
or miserable to be around. You can develop the self-discipline that
championship athletes possess and apply that to your work, sport
or daily life. People have asked me those questions almost every
day in my 30 years as a coach. There is a way. Here's how you can
make healthy self-discipline a reality.
Question: How can becoming more self-disciplined help me?
Bill: You can achieve more and be more efficient in everything
you do. You can reach goals that you never thought possible if you
have higher levels of self-discipline. Your self-confidence sky-rockets
when you treat yourself right and reach for your dreams.
Question: Some days I just don't feel like doing what I know
I have to do. How do I get jump-started to get going?
Bill: Top achievers remind themselves of a few basic, yet
powerful truths they live their lives by, to get going when the
old bones don't want to move. They remember how short life is, they
remember that if it is to be, it is up to them, and they remember
that they made a commitment with themselves and they honor that
commitment, because they respect themselves. It still may not be
easy to get going, but they call on a higher level of thinking to
Question: Won't I stop having fun if I become too self-disciplined?
Bill: Many folks think that being self-disciplined means
being serious and crotchety. It really just means respecting your
commitment to yourself and others and doing what you agree to do.
You can have as much fun, and more than ever because you will feel
so good about what and how you achieve.
Question: I enjoy "going with the flow" some days, instead
of being so rigid about my to-do list. Is this OK?
Bill: It's perfectly fine to be flexible and adaptive any
time. Being disciplined does not mean staying on course no matter
what. You don't even need a to-do list to be disciplined, as long
as you achieve what you have to do.
Question: Will I stifle my creativity if I improve my self-discipline?
Bill: You may even improve your ability to be creative. You
may find that you open up time for being creative and super-charge
your mind so that it works faster and makes connections faster,
a major factor in creativity training. Being self-disciplined means
being more focused on tasks, not on being more rigid. I think you'll
find your creativity opening up as you learn to focus better.
Question: If I become extremely self-disciplined, won't I
lose my down-time, my time to relax and just be me?
Bill: Just the opposite. Being self-disciplined allows you
to have more down time as you fine-tune your schedule and intentionally
put in regular slots for relaxation, exercise, nutrition, socializing,
and all else you purposely want to have in your life.
Question: I'm very disciplined in some phases of my life,
and terribly lazy in other areas. What can I do about this?
Bill: It depends what you mean by lazy. You have to allow
yourself some unstructured time to relax and play. Try doing this
and not feeling guilty.
Question: How can I reward myself for improving my self-discipline?
Bill: It is vitally important to reward yourself for effort
and for results. You should celebrate all successes, no matter how
small. High achievers do not withhold self-reward. They use it to
launch themselves to the next task and to the next level.
Question: I seem to become negative when I push myself to
achieve more and work harder. Is there a way to be more self-disciplined,
yet remain focused and stay positive?
Bill: Build in some fun, relaxation and down-time in your
day and take a break when the tension builds. Achievement is exciting,
but not 100% stress-free sometimes. Know when to back off.
Question: What are your best strategies for building a program
for becoming self-disciplined?
Bill: Set goals, write down the reasons for those goals,
when you want to achieve them and how. Then make a signed contract
with yourself and vow to stick to that agreement. Measure your progress
on a daily and weekly basis and make adjustments to goals when needed.
Celebrate your successes and enjoy the process!
To learn about coaching services offered by Bill Cole, MS, MA, the
Mental Game Coach, visit www.mentalgamecoach.com/Services.html.
Copyright © 2011-
Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.
Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments
visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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