Claudia Cooley

Creating the Self-Discipline Muscle

Self-Discipline – To do what one knows is best and doing it gladly.

“With Self- Discipline most Anything is Possible.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

We all have a dream. But in order to make dreams a reality it takes an awful lot of determination, self-discipline, dedication and effort. And one more thing I believe is a must, a belief in yourself… that you can do it.

One of my favorite movies is ‘Rudy’ an American inspiration sports film. As a teach in the past, I would show this film to my students in my Marketing/Business classes every year and it didn’t matter that the movie was becoming an older movie… they loved it. They were inspired to never give up, to not listen to the opinions of others regarding what your possibilities can be and then do every potential thing to get prepared to accomplish the dream.

There are other movies with similar messages that also inspire i.e.; The Rookie, Million Dollar Baby or even Chariots of Fire. It doesn’t matter which one you pick that inspires you to stay in your game, play full out and do the work to reach your dream; any of them are worth the time. Once you’ve watched one, go back to your big dream and wrap your arms around it. Then tell yourself you will do what it takes to become the person to get the job done.

“The DIFFERENCE between the impossible and the POSSIBLE lies in a person’s DETERMINATION.” ~ Tommy Lasorda

Jennifer Cohen, Contributing Editor for Forbes magazine tells us; ‘There are many important qualities that can contribute to a person’s achievements and happiness, but there is only one that begets sustainable, long-term success in all aspects of life: self discipline. Whether in terms of your diet, fitness, work ethic or relationships, self discipline is the number one trait needed to accomplish goals, lead a healthy lifestyle, and ultimately, be happy.’ Check out her 5 Proven Methods for Gaining Self-Discipline in the June 18, 2014 Issue.

Self-Discipline is a learned behavior…believe it or not. With some practice and repetition in your day-to-day life, you will strengthen that muscle. The idea is to break bad habits – those that take you off course and keep you from accomplishing anything. Then establish some new good habits that you can practice daily and at the end of 30 days you will see a boost in your ability to make healthy choices. This will give you a shot in the arm and your happiness level will really move the dial.

What successful people have come to understand is that discipline is the gateway to the achievement of their goals. They learned how to use discipline in their lives to achieve their dreams. They leveraged the art of self-discipline by creating a foundational set of good habits that helped them to see things through.
And so can you.

But how is discipline created or formed? What allows one person to wield what seems like total and full control over their behaviors and their actions, while others falter and fail? The answer to those questions lies in our habits. Since 40% of our behavior is habit-driven, if you want to control your ability to be self-disciplined, you have to control your habits.
In particular, there are some habits that help you to discipline yourself. If you can instill these new habits into your life, you can create the foundation for achieving your goals. Without these habits, you’ll just be stabbing around in the dark.

Those habits look something like this…
Habit of Gratitude is always at the top of my list. This habit alone with change your day, life and possibilities.
Forgiveness – Without a habit of forgiveness, we couldn’t achieve self-discipline. We’re too worried about how someone wronged us to even focus on the discipline to achieve our goals.
Meditation – Puts our minds at ease and helps us with becoming centered which then acts as an avenue of growth. It clears our mind’s palette and set the right tone for the day.
Active Goal Setting… If you follow any of my blogs you will find extensive support in this area. With active goals, that are written out with measurable timelines for your action steps you will accomplish great things and realize your dreams
Be Healthy… yes, I know you hear me tap this drum all the time. But I’m the walking evidence it’s worth the effort. You will find an entire chapter in my first #1 Best Selling Book “Dud to Stud… Revving Up for Success.”
Organization – So many of you ask me how to live a stress free life… this is the answer. Organization is a habit that needs to be wholly embodied in every area of life.
Time-Management – Most people that know me know that I’m a big proponent of time management. When you’re running 2-3 separate businesses at any one time… you almost don’t have a choice but to effectively manage your time. If you want more training on that… you will want to connect with me for some coaching in that area… I am considered the expert and the “Get It Done” coach.

To schedule a free 20 minute breakthrough session with me … email: and in the subject line put “Get It Done”

Persistence.. Is the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it’s difficult. Persistence is that certain habit that helps us to not give up.

March 27, 2017
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