If you want to become more disciplined, start doing these 10 things every morning

We often hear about the habits of highly successful people, but what about the habits of the most disciplined among us?

Believe it or not, cultivating a few simple practices can dramatically improve your self-discipline.

Let’s explore 10 things you should start doing every morning if you want to boost your discipline.

You might just discover the key to unlocking your full potential. 

Let’s dive in.

1. Have a routine

The first thing I do when I wake up is follow a set morning routine.

This isn’t just about having something to do – it’s about establishing consistency and predictability, which are key to developing discipline.

Whether it’s making my bed, brewing a cup of coffee, or going for a jog, these small actions set the tone for the rest of my day and keep me focused on my goals.

As William McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy Admiral, said, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

This simple act is not only a task accomplished but also a symbol of taking charge of your day from the very start.

2. Prioritize Your Tasks

Next, I make it a point to prioritize my tasks for the day. Not all tasks are created equal, and knowing which ones require immediate attention and which ones can wait can be a game changer.

This practice not only increases my productivity, but also helps me manage my time more effectively, which is a crucial aspect of self-discipline.

Dwight D. Eisenhower once remarked, “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

This insight is the basis of the Eisenhower Box, a tool for prioritizing tasks that’s incredibly useful for anyone looking to boost their discipline in task management.

3. Embrace Stillness

In the rush of the morning, I’ve found that taking a moment to embrace stillness can be incredibly beneficial.

Rather than jumping straight into my to-do list, I spend a few minutes in silence, meditating or simply sitting quietly.

This time of tranquility helps to clear my mind and prepares me mentally for the day ahead, ultimately enhancing my focus and discipline.

The Dalai Lama wisely observed, “Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”

This highlights the importance of embracing stillness and peace, even amidst our busy schedules, to cultivate a disciplined mind.

4. Nourish your body

The importance of a healthy breakfast cannot be overstated. I make sure to nourish my body with a balanced meal first thing in the morning.

This not only fuels my body for the day ahead, but also sets a foundation of discipline in terms of eating habits and health consciousness.

Dscipline is not just about mental strength, it’s also about physical well-being.

A study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that eating a high-quality breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function and academic performance in children.

This research highlights the significance of a nutritious breakfast for not only physical health but also for mental acuity, which is essential for a disciplined day​​.

5. Visualize your day

Before I kickstart my day, I take a few minutes to visualize how I want it to unfold. This can involve picturing myself accomplishing tasks, overcoming challenges, or even just maintaining a positive attitude.

Visualization is a powerful tool that helps align my actions with my goals and encourages a disciplined approach to the day’s tasks.

A study by Dr. Biasiotto at the University of Chicago divided people into three groups and tested each group on how many free throws they could make.

He had one group practice free throws every day for an hour, another visualize making free throws, and the third do nothing.

The group that only visualized improved nearly as much as the group that physically practiced.

This illustrates the power of mental training and visualization in enhancing physical performance, which can be applied to daily discipline and task accomplishment as well​​.

6. Stay hydrated

Drinking a glass of water as soon as I wake up is a non-negotiable part of my morning routine.

Water kick-starts the metabolism, hydrates the body after a night’s rest, and aids in digestion.

It’s a simple act that requires little effort but pays off in maintaining physical health and discipline.

Research has shown that even mild dehydration can impair brain function. A study conducted by the University of East London found that participants who drank a glass of water before performing cognitive tasks responded up to 14% faster than those who did not.

This demonstrates the immediate impact of hydration on brain function, making it a vital practice for anyone seeking to maintain discipline and cognitive sharpness throughout their day​​.

7. Practice Gratitude

Each morning, I take a moment to reflect on the things that I am grateful for.

This simple act of gratitude shifts my focus from what’s wrong to what’s right, fostering a positive mindset that encourages discipline.

You’ll find that recognizing the good in your life can fill your day with joy and purpose, setting the stage for success.

Oprah Winfrey famously said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

This reflects the power of gratitude in creating abundance and discipline in one’s life.

8. Face Your Fears

Every morning, I challenge myself to face a fear. It could be something as small as making a difficult phone call or as big as committing to a new project.

By confronting my fears head-on, I’m not only building my courage, but also bolstering my discipline.

This isn’t easy, but remember that growth often happens outside our comfort zones.

Eleanor Roosevelt, a former First Lady of the United States, eloquently stated, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

This quote perfectly encapsulates the value of facing fears as a means to cultivate discipline and personal growth.

9. Limit Distractions

In this digital age, distractions are just a click away. I make it a point to limit these potential disruptions in the morning.

Whether it’s turning off notifications or setting my phone aside, reducing these distractions allows me to focus on my tasks and strengthens my self-discipline.

Remember, how you start your day often dictates how the rest of it will unfold.

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc., advised, “Focus and simplicity… once you get there, you can move mountains.” 

10. Reflect on Your Goals

Finally, I take a moment each morning to reflect on my personal and professional goals.

Reminding myself of what I am working towards provides a sense of direction and purpose.

This daily reminder keeps me focused, fuels my motivation, and strengthens my discipline to work towards my goals consistently.

Tony Robbins says it best:

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” 

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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