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12 traits of disciplined people that leads them to success

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No, you don’t have to be a spartan to be disciplined; you don’t need to shave your head and exile yourself to somewhere cold to achieve your goals.

What achieving your goals does entail, however, is commitment.

Most people say that they want to be the next CEO or that they want to run a marathon, but it wouldn’t be surprising if you catch them coming in late to work or skipping a workout.

They aren’t committed enough. But disciplined people are.

There is much to be learned from how committed disciplined people are to their goals.

They aren’t born special either; they just focus on different things. Continue reading to learn the 11 traits of a disciplined person.

1. They Like Building Personal Systems

Author James Clear once wrote that winners and losers have the exact same goal.

This goes to show you that having a clear goal isn’t the only thing you need. It needs to be supplemented with an effective system — those being habits.

Every goal has a set of steps to them.

Writing and completing a book overnight is a challenge, which is why acclaimed author Stephen King takes his time with it.

He has published at least 60 novels in his writing career so far.

What’s his secret? Writing 2000 words or 6 pages each day. No more, and certainly no less.

It’s his dedication and consistency that have allowed him to complete so many of his novels.

2. They Don’t Rely On Motivation

It’s difficult to bring yourself to exercise when you’d rather sleep for 5 (or 30) more minutes.

Everyone gets that feeling, even athletes.

But as 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps said in an interview: “It’s what you do on those days that will help you move forward.”

This is what disciplined people do that others don’t: they show up when others wouldn’t.

They don’t wait for inspiration to strike before writing nor do they hold off on working out because they just don’t feel like it.

Once they’ve got the habit going, they know that stopping now will only break their momentum.

They focus on what they have to do for the day, and do it — motivated or not.

3. They Prefer Clear Goals

It isn’t enough for them to say that they’re simply going to “lose weight”. It’s too general.

Disciplined people have a deliberate use of language that helps them visualize exactly what they want to happen.

So instead of “I want to lose weight” they might instead say “By December of this year, I am going to weigh X kilograms.” or even “I will lose X pounds every month to reach my goal of Y by December 1st of this year.”

These are called S.M.A.R.T. goals. They are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

Having a clear sense of what you want to achieve boosts your performance, as well.

A study by K. Blaine Lawler and Martin J. Hornyak from the University of Florida claimed that those that use the S.M.A.R.T. goals method are set to outperform those who don’t.

The question is:

How can you set S.M.A.R.T goals that will actually change your life?

Firstly, you need to develop the confidence to command your own ship.

I learned about this from Life Journal, created by the highly-successful life coach and teacher Jeanette Brown.

You see, willpower only takes us so far…the key to transforming your life into something you’re passionate and enthusiastic about takes perseverance, a shift in mindset, and effective goal setting.

And while this might sound like a mighty task to undertake, thanks to Jeanette’s guidance, it’s been easier to do than I could have ever imagined.

Click here to learn more about Life Journal.

Now, you may wonder what makes Jeanette’s course different from all the other personal development programs out there.

It all comes down to one thing:

Jeanette isn’t interested in being your life coach.

Instead, she wants YOU to take the reins in creating the life you’ve always dreamt of having.

So if you’re ready to stop dreaming and start living your best life, a life created on your terms, one which fulfills and satisfies you, don’t hesitate to check out Life Journal.

Here’s the link once again.

4. They Stay Focused

When you aren’t focused on one thing, you’ll be distracted by anything.

It’s easier to get distracted nowadays since we’re surrounded by content that calls for our attention.

The more distracted you become, however, the less progress that you’re going to make

Our ability to focus is a muscle.

Disciplined people strengthen it by being mindful of their actions and being present in the moment.

This enables disciplined people like athletes and artists to get into a state of flow.

It’s when time flies and their mind and body are moving almost like it’s doing it on their own — they enter their peak performance.

Distractions put them in danger of ruining their flow, which ruins their momentum.

Then the mind has to reset and slowly build up to it again, which takes too much energy.

That’s why disciplined people try to eliminate distractions as much as possible.

5. They’re Resourceful

There are going to be times when it rains when you planned to go on a jog or your neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking when you want to work in peace.

Other people might simply say that they’ll try again some other time and blame the external forces.

Disciplined people, however, take responsibility for their actions. If something stops them, they’ll find an alternative way to get around it. They use their environment to their advantage.

Raining outside? Maybe it’s time for an at-home, bodyweight workout.

Outside is getting too distracting? Maybe another spot in the house could do the trick.

They always find a way.

6. They Set Fake Deadlines

It’s difficult to bring yourself to attend to something that isn’t urgent. It’s much easier to put it off for the next day (or even the day after that).

But if your presentation gets moved to next week instead of next month, you’ll tap into a well of energy and motivation you didn’t know you even had.

Parkinson’s Law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”

If you give yourself 3 hours to complete a task, more often than not, it will somehow take you 3 hours to complete the task.

What disciplined people do is that they leverage the power of setting a fake deadline for themselves in order to get them to do the work they know they need to do.

So even if they need to complete something by next month, they’ll have their own deadlines leading up to the actual deadline.

7. They Don’t Fight Temptations — They Eliminate It

That little red notification on your phone app threatens your productivity. It calls out for you and coaxes you to attend to it.

It’s a losing battle because app designers have to study how to persuade you to use their products more.

The best way to give yourself a fighting chance? Eliminating it. Removing the app completely. It can be drastic until you realize that you can always download it again.

You don’t always have to rely on your self-control to do or not do something.

Disciplined people build up their resilience to temptations by first removing it from their sight.

That way, it creates a space for them to focus on what they would rather do, which may be not checking their phones every few minutes.

8. They tap Into Their Personal Power

Disciplined people take responsibility for their lives and tap into their personal power. They don’t let insecurities get the better of them.

I know, it can be difficult in the best of times to not dwell on your insecurities.

But disciplined people know that overcoming insecurities start with embracing your strengths.

We all have them, even if we’re not always aware of them.

This is where you start to really tap into your personal power. It’s a process that takes time, but the more you work at it, the stronger you’ll feel — and the stronger it’ll be able to help you.

You see, we all have an incredible amount of power and potential within us, but most of us never tap into it.

We become bogged down in self-doubt and limiting beliefs. We stop doing what brings us true happiness.

I learned this from the shaman Rudá Iandê. He’s helped thousands of people align work, family, spirituality, and love so they can unlock the door to their personal power.

He has a unique approach that combines traditional ancient shamanic techniques with a modern-day twist.

It’s an approach that uses nothing but your own inner strength – no gimmicks or fake claims of empowerment.

Because true empowerment needs to come from within.

In his excellent free video, Rudá explains how you can create the life you’ve always dreamed of and increase attraction in your partners, and it’s easier than you might think.

So if you’re tired of living in frustration, dreaming but never achieving, and of living in self-doubt, you need to check out his life-changing advice.

Click here to watch the free video.

9. They Like Getting The Hard Part Done Early

It’s ironic that the most important thing that we know we should be doing is the thing that we procrastinate on the most.

We know we should be working out but something somehow keeps stopping us.

That’s why it’s recommended that you start on it as early in the day as you can

There’s a reason why people work out in the morning — it’s so that it’s over and done with.

They want to experience the freedom of the day without a workout scheduled.

If they leave the workout later in the afternoon, there’s a higher chance that it could be left undone.

Disciplined people know that urgent work assignments and favors are always lurking, so they hit the gym while they still can.

10. They Avoid A Quick Fix

5 days into a new diet might make you start thinking that “Oh, one cookie isn’t going to hurt me”.

Then 1 turns to 2; before long, you’re back on your same old ways.

While you could still practice self-control after the third piece, disciplined people don’t want to risk it.

They have learned how to delay their gratification, which isn’t always easy.

It takes willpower and sacrifice; avoiding short-term highs in favor of long-term fulfillment.

Like any skill, delaying gratification takes time, practice, and patience. It’s a muscle that you strengthen with each “No” to an invitation to drink with your friends or when the waiter asks if you want dessert.

11. They’re Honest With Themselves

To understand a disciplined person’s commitment to their goals, you need to understand why they’re doing it in the first place. This takes self-honesty.

When it’s getting difficult to stick to a plan, being honest with oneself helps overcome these challenges.

Fancy cars and shiny new devices become less enticing when you revert back to your want to build a solid financial foundation for yourself and your family.

Discipline can only take you so far.

It’s that deep wanting for something that’s going to help you find the strength that you need to sacrifice short-term wants for long-term fulfillment.

12. They’re Action-Oriented

Disciplined people understand that the only way to achieve their goals and dreams is by acting on them.

No amount of thinking is going to get them to ace their final exams. Actions towards goals don’t have to be large. It can be as manageable as “Organize notes for one lecture”

Large projects broken down into small tasks become less daunting, and thus, more actionable.

When you tick off each small task, it can be like a small victory for you.

This helps motivate you to keep going and keep up your progress towards even your largest goals.

Becoming a Disciplined Person

Becoming disciplined takes more than just saying you’re one. It’s a lifestyle. It starts with setting goals and then achieving them.

The problem is:

Many of us feel like our life is going nowhere.

We follow the same old routine every day and even though we try our best, it just doesn’t feel like our life moves forward.

So how can you overcome this feeling of being “stuck in a rut”?

Well, you need more than just willpower, that’s for sure.

I learned about this from Life Journal, created by the highly-successful life coach and teacher Jeanette Brown.

You see, willpower only takes us so far…the key to transforming your life into something you’re passionate and enthusiastic about takes perseverance, a shift in mindset, and effective goal setting.

And while this might sound like a mighty task to undertake, thanks to Jeanette’s guidance, it’s been easier to do than I could have ever imagined.

Click here to learn more about Life Journal.

Now, you may wonder what makes Jeanette’s course different from all the other personal development programs out there.

It all comes down to one thing:

Jeanette isn’t interested in being your life coach.

Instead, she wants YOU to take the reins in creating the life you’ve always dreamt of having.

So if you’re ready to stop dreaming and start living your best life, a life created on your terms, one which fulfills and satisfies you, don’t hesitate to check out Life Journal.

Here’s the link once again.

Putting yourself first

Hey, Lachlan from Hack Spirit here.

What’s your number one goal at the moment?

Is it to buy that car you’ve been saving up for?

To finally start that side-hustle that’ll hopefully help you quit your 9-5 one day?

Or to take the leap and finally ask your partner to move in?

Whatever it is, you’re not going to get there, unless you’ve got a plan.

And even then…plans fail.

But I didn’t write this to you to be the voice of doom and gloom…

No, I’m writing this because I want to help you achieve the goals you’ve set.

I’ve recently been taking part in a workshop called Life Journal created by teacher and career coach Jeanette Brown.

Covering all the basics and more on what’s needed to reach your goals, Jeannette tackles everything from creating habits and new behavior patterns to putting your plans into action.

She doesn’t mess around – this workshop will require effort on your part but that’s the beauty of it – Jeanette has carefully designed it to put YOU in the driving seat of your life.

Click here to find out more about Life Journal.

So…think back to that important goal I asked about at the start of this message.

How much do you want it?

Are you willing to put the effort in to get there?

If so, check out the workshop here.

If you do take part, I’d love to hear how your Life Journey goes!

All the best,
Lachlan

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Written by 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. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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