Motivation alone doesn’t last – it’s no secret. That is why most of the time people fail at their goals. Think about the last time you felt motivated to make a change in your life. I bet you thought about it for a while, you felt pretty excited, you were all in the first week, maybe even two and then you didn’t feel as excited anymore. Sound familiar?
So then how do you become successful? The answer is – discipline. Self-discipline is the ability to control yourself and to make yourself work hard or behave in a particular way without needing anyone else to tell you what to do.
Self-discipline is tougher for some people than others, a lot of it depends on your personality type. Some people have a very difficult time staying self-accountable. I know, because I am one of those people. My personality type does better with external accountability – if I make a promise to someone or tell someone I’m going to do something – I will 100%, without a doubt ensure that whatever this thing is, gets done. But if I make a promise to myself – chances are I will find various excuses and put things off.
How do I practice discipline then? I use that knowledge about myself to my advantage, instead of treating it as a weakness. I make my goals known to other people, I put them out there – into the Universe and in front of anybody who will read my public posts. Knowing that I made something public will give me that external accountability I need to accomplish my goals.
My advice to you is, find out what your personality type is. Do you do better with internal or external accountability?
Check out Gretchen Rubin’s Book: The Four Tendencies. You can even take an online quiz on her website to see which personality type you fall into https://quiz.gretchenrubin.com/