Did you know that discipline, like many other skills, can be practiced and developed? If you struggle with self-discipline, it may feel like it’s a gift that others are just born with. Sure, it’s easier for some than others, but be encouraged knowing you too can build self-discipline just like a muscle! Here are a few helpful tips for you or your child to build up this skill:
Lofty goals and large tasks can feel overwhelming at first. If you know you need to practice your martial arts outside of class more often, start with a smaller goal like 10 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Build on that as it becomes easier. If you’re feeling too tired to exercise, commit to just 5-10 minutes of walking, stretching, or light cardio movement. Usually once you’re moving you’ll feel inspired to keep going.
Set yourself up for success!
Pack the gym bag and have it ready to go when you get home from work, school, etc. Plan your meals and snacks to ensure hunger won’t be the reason you skip training. Only buy healthy food at the grocery store so there’s less temptation at home to munch on unhealthy snacks. The more you think and plan ahead, the more likely you'll stick to healthy habits!
When possible, do the hard things first!
Whatever goal(s) you need to accomplish for the day, finishing a school project, getting in some extra practice, etc., resolve to complete those things first! The longer you spend on leisure or less difficult tasks, the harder it is to get back on track. Focus on the goals and prioritize the most important things first, then you can enjoy the rest of your day!
Martial arts training is a great way to develop self-discipline. Remember that those who develop their self-discipline are more productive and successful all around. It’s never too late to work on your discipline so wherever you’re at, just get started!
“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”