In his book, ‘The Chimp Paradox’, Dr. Steve Peters explains how the psychological mind is made up of three separate brains: Human, Chimp and Computer. The individual is the human, the chimp is the emotional thinking machine and the computer is the storage and functioning area.
According to the book, you are already the individual that you wish to be. If you list down everything that you want to be - successful, happy, disciplined, productive, calm, you are already all of these. Any deviation from the listed out things is the Chimp hijacking the brain.
Another important aspect of being disciplined is your willingness. You can only be disciplined if you are willing to be disciplined. Once you are willing to be disciplined, you need to commit to being disciplined. After all, it is the commitment to what you want to do and what you want to become that matters the most. Discipline, like any other habit, is a practice and a result of regular, conscious efforts.
Listed below are the 5 tips that can help anyone is who is willing to be self-disciplined and move ahead in this path of life:
1. Know and Accept Your Weaknesses:
Acceptance is the first step to change. If you don’t accept your shortcomings, how will you start working on them? Know where you struggle - ask your friends, family, colleagues to help you identify these shortcomings. It is okay to ask for help if you want to do better.
2. Start small:
It is only natural to have a long list of things that you want to change about yourself and about how your day looks like. Who wouldn’t want an overnight change in their lives? But, don’t get tempted. Start off with smaller things. It could be anything from making your bed as soon as you wake up to eating on time.
3. Identify your goals:
Set your goals right. Identify what you want to achieve. Write it down. Once you’ve written it down, visualize your outcome. You are more likely to achieve what you want to if you visualize the outcomes (law of attraction!). The brain can’t differentiate between real and imaginary experiences. Once you imagine something vividly, the brain undergoes chemical changes as if you have already experienced it.
4. Forgive Yourself:
There are very good chances that you might fail, even with the best of your intentions and carefully laid out plans. Be okay with it. Be open to failures. Forgive yourself and move forward.
5. Reward Yourself:
Plan a reward for yourself once you achieve or accomplish the goals. This will give you something to look forward to. You end up not only focusing on the difficulties that come with the process but also the reward that awaits at the end of the process.