Of all the goals I had this year, I’ve completed one that I am so proud to share. I actually finished reading two books for May. Plus writing a new entry here despite the busy schedule, I must give myself a pat on the back.
I love self-help books, there’s something about learning that I am passionate about. I see to it I gain new knowledge and skills every now and then.
I wanted to share some takeaways from one of the books I have finished. It is called “The Self Discipline Handbook” by Natalie Wise.
The book is about tips on how to have self-discipline. From mindset, habits, and pep talk each chapter is short and sweet but full of learnings that you can immediately apply after reading.
Here are the top 5 favourites quotes and insights from the book.
This is the last chapter of the book. Of all the goal setting books and mentorship, I’ve had this is always the first step when trying to reach your goals.
To begin your journey, you must have clear goals. Then you start to pave the way by cleaning your mind and your surroundings.
Natalie Wise says having no clarity is like finding a needle in a haystack. You do not even know what kind of needle you are looking for or if you are actually looking for a needle.
She also said that your surroundings contribute to mental clutter. So, make sure you clean your house, office, bedroom, everything. The cleaner the surrounding you have, your mind will most likely to relax.
Time to apply those Marie Kondo techniques if you want to reach your goal.
Kill your darlings
This is one chapter that got me thinking. Natalie Wise defined darlings as persons or projects that do you more harm than good.
For example, an affiliate group that drains you. A project you’ve been putting time and effort but has no result. She mentioned your mother in law that keeps on texting you for favours.
If they no longer serve you, start evaluating whether you still want to serve them.
Be your own cheerleader
Often, we rely on people’s validation for our happiness and accomplishments. The truth is in our life race, no one is going to give us water every milestone nor cheer us every step of the way. We are responsible for cheering our self. Big or small victories we should be celebrating.
Once you do this you will feel better about yourself.
Hustle don’t dabble
This chapter talks about productivity. If we are always distracted we’ll end up not accomplishing anything. If you must avoid multitasking and practice more deep work.
When you focus on one task at a time, the more creative juices you will produce. Plus you will be able to finish more tasks.
This hustle also talks about the skills you want to master. Even if you are multipotentialite you can still have focused by managing your priorities.
Patience is a virtue
Not all of us can practice patience. Our fast-paced life makes us bored – long lines, heavy traffic, slow service, name it.
Patience is a virtue that is necessary to self-discipline. It is the same principle about the pyramid that was not built overnight. When we want something we want instant result by practising patience we’ll be able to enjoy the marathon rather than be frustrated how slow our progress.
Self-discipline is hard. We all get it. It takes patience, dedication, clarity, and understanding of how our journey is different from one another.
Don’t be so hard on yourself. When you fail, fail fast. Start all over again.
With the right mindset, we’ll all have the self-discipline we have always want to acquire.
I am rooting for you.