Discipline is one of the most frequently overlooked qualities that can help you really succeed in life and business, while improving your overall quality of life and health. If you are disciplined, your odds of success are higher and you can achieve almost anything you set your mind on.
However, as great as being disciplined is, it is often harder to achieve than it seems.
In order to become a disciplined person, it takes a strong will, a lot of patience, hardwork, as well as a smart work ethic. Highly disciplined people discovered that and have cultivated strong habits that build the discipline that brings them success.
For women, learning to be disciplined and having self-controlled should be a life-long quest, because we are often held to higher standards. Even when you encounter gender stereotypes or any of life's inevitable challenges, of which women face plenty, you should strive to keep your discipline in order to overcome.
During your journey to become a disciplined person, you’ll face obstacles and moments when all you want to do is quit, give up, and just let things happen anyhow they will. But, if you maintain your discipline and commitment to manage and improve things, nothing can really keep you down.
So, build your self-discipline. It'll keep you strong, committed and focused. The reward for a more disciplined and focused life (as opposed to a reckless, carefree one) will be achieving your dreams more assuredly and becoming more fulfilled with your accomplishments. You'll lead a satisfied life with no regrets.
As a disciplined woman, people will have more respect for you. With discipline, people will have faith in you, and want to interact, work and learn from you. In that way, you will create more opportunities for yourself and own your space in this world.
But how do you develop the disciple necessary to succeed in this life? Well, you can learn from some of the world's most successful women.
Habits of the World's Most Disciplined Women
Celebrated English actress, singer and author Julie Andrews is quoted saying, “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”
Similarly, award-wining, international film star Jacqueline Bisset notes that, “Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.”
One of the best ways to develop and master discipline in your life is by cultivating habits that exercise your willpower, resolve, and perseverance.
However, being disciplined doesn’t mean living a limited, restricted life, or being hard on yourself. It means living your life in a way that you’re in control. You should be incontrol of your attitude, your actions, and also your reactions. That is a sign of inner strength and discipline.
Highly successful women journey towards mastery of this kind of discipline through habits that demonstrate self-control and resilience despite any failures, setbacks and uncertainity. You’re going to need to cultivate some of those traits to master discipline, as well.
Here are seven habits of highly disciplined women you should emulate. These habits will help you refocus your mind and raise your standards to become disciplined, respected and successful.
1. They schedule everything
When you get used to making careful schedules and, of course, stick to them, that is a crucial habit that will help you greatly on your journey towards discipline. Scheduling is a path towards being organized, which helps you balance many tasks efficiently and effectively.
Therefore, schedule everything. Plan your morning and evening routine, your days, your weeks, your month, and your year consistently. I mean, we plan every detail of our vacations; why not plan our lives, too? Make an effort to plan and schedule everything you'll be doing next.
In order to create an effective schedule, keep in mind that sometimes things don’t happen as we predict or expect. Therefore, leave some room for unpredictable situations. Be rational and flexible while you’re creating a schedule, especially when you’re starting to implement this habit.
At first, you may find that sticking to your schedule is much harder than you anticipated, or almost impossible. Just remember that is normal and that change doesn’t happen overnight. You will almost never be able to successfully implement a habit from the first shot, so it’s best you leave such expectations behind, as they don’t do any good.
Just start the habit and move on steadily.
2. They lead a healthy lifestyle
You may wonder how a healthy lifestyle is connected with discipline. Well, let’s see what pursuing a healthy lifestyle entails.
First of all, to live healthier means to reduce the consumption of processed foods, sugar, saturated fat, and junk food; to eat more fruits and vegetables; to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated 24\7; and to keep your body in good shape via regular physical exercise and workouts.
As you can see, pursuing a healthy lifestyle requires a lot of discipline and commitment. Not everybody has the descipline to avoid eating junk food whenever they see or desire it. However, if you are disciplined it's possible to resolve to avoid junk food and opt for healthier lifestyle.
Secondly, living healthier has a lot of well-known benefits, including the real benefit of slowing the aging process and preserving your youthfulness and beauty. You will look and feel younger and stronger when you pursue a healthy lifestyle. That means you can do more in your life.
Thirdly, healthy foods and exercise can drastically increase your energy levels, which will help you perfom optimally in everything you do. That can only make you more successful.
Moreover, when you pursue a healthy lifestyle, it means that you lead a more balanced life. And when you have a balanced life without overindulgence, it’s almost impossible not to feel great about yourself, boosting your morale and self confidence for success.
Also, because exercising (part of a healthy regimen) makes you loose excess weight, you'll not only look and feel better, but also be more agile, active and better able to take on any challenge. You'll increase your energy levels and capacity to overcome and succeed.
3. They meditate
Meditation is maybe the one technique that can really help you keep your feelings and your sanity in check when everything is falling or falls apart around you.
It is a given that in life and during your journey towards becoming a more disciplined person and woman, you’ll face a lot of obstacles and difficult times sometimes. To help yourself defeat every problem you encounter on your journey, you should really consider meditation.
Meditation has been practiced for ages by the most successful people in this world and it comes with a great number of benefits. Not only will stress no longer be a cripling part of your life, but you will also rediscover yourself and your strengths when you meditate regularly.
Through meditation, you can reduce the effect of any pain you’ve suffered as a result of worry, anxiety, depression, and fear in your life. Meditation also helps you increase your inner peace and improves your perception of yourself, while also improving your overall well-being.
There are a number of meditation practices that you can try, although you should probably stick to one or two that suits you the best. Many people practice mindfulness meditations, which is essentially about being present and living in the present moment.
Other great ways to practice meditation include the having no thought meditation – the goal is to clear your mind and simply be; and focused meditation – the goal is to keep your focus on one thing such as breathing, object, or breathing as long as possible.
4. They define their goals
A disciplined person always has a goal in life. But there’s one important aspect about goals that everyone should know. It’s not wise to set one big goal and cling to it rigidly forever. Don't get me wrong; it’s OK to know your destination and be consistent, but that alone won't help if you don’t have the right roadmap to reach it.
Therefore, the goals that really matter are the ones that you can realisticly achieve, preferrably in the nearest future. In other words, your short-term goals must lead the way to your bigger goals. After all, small wins along the journey itself also matter as much as the final destination.
During your journey towards your bigger goals, your mindset and values may change, meaning your goals may also change. In that case, realign your goals to fit your new realities. If you discover a brighter or better option on your success journey, it may be wiser to choose it and redefine your goals as necessary, too.
Just don’t be too rigit and attached to your ways, ideas or the hard work you’ve dedicated to achieving something because it can be a hinderance to better opportunities.
5. They manage time well
Another extremely important habit of highly disciplined women everyone should use is effective time management. Once you get this skill locked down, you’ll have all the time to achieve your goals as you’ll no longer waste your precious limited time on this earth.
In order to manage your time effectively, you need discipline. So, the better you manage your time the more disciplined you’ll be.
If you schedule every hour of the day or even every minute of the day, there will be no wondering of what you should do with your free time after you got home from work. Every part of the day will be scheduled, so you’ll always know what you have to do.
Once you are managing your time effectively, you’ll be living a conscious and deliberate life; a life that most disciplined women have. You’ll be able to achieve your goals no matter their nature just because you know how to leverage every minute of your day.
6. They take responsibility for their actions
Most people take responsibility for their actions only when it suits them or only when they can be proud of their actions. Most people are unwilling to take responsibility for all their actions if the result is not good. The people who take 100% responsibility for everything they do, however, are usually the ones who are highly disciplined; and these are the same people who succeed the most in life.
It easier to complain, moan, and blame others for your lack of results than taking action and doing what you must do in order to achieve them. Sometimes, people believe that they deserve certain things in life even though their actions tell a different story.
Anyway, to take responsibility for all your actions means to take responsibility for your life; to be in charge of all your results no matter their outcome.
If you want to achieve your goals, you need to stop complaining and start taking action and responsibility for your actions. You’ll end up learning about your shortcomings which gives you the opportunity to correct them and improve your overall habits, skills set, and mindset. That way you'll start living the life you deserve.
7. They act in alignment with their goals
Last, but not least, a must-have habit in any disciplined women’s life is the habit of acting in alignment with her goals and vision no matter what.
Sometimes this life can knock you down and during these moments it is important not to let your guard down. You must move forward regardless of how slow the progress is.
As Anthony Greggory, an Australian writer says, “Having great goals in life is not enough. In order to achieve your goals, you must align all your actions with that specific goal. It’s a hard path to follow, that’s why you must be 100% sure that your goals are worth the struggle.”
Find goals you are passionate about and motives that give you strength to get through the hard times. With a strong will, your actions aligned to realistic goals, and self-discipline, you will overcome and achieve all your dreams.
The old adage goes, "No pain, no gain." Isn’t it how it all works? The bigger our goal is, the more we have to push to achieve it, right? If that is the case, then the key is to succes is being disciplined and never giving up easily on your quest.
While teaching yourself to be disciplined is not always easy, it is well worth the effort. Just imagine how your life would be if each day is well ordered and everything is as it should be - in its right place. You’d be so much happier and able to perform your duties more effectively without stressing out that you’re going to miss something. You'd be so much better.
Master discipline and you'll see your goals and dreams all fall into place.