In looking at strong self discipline, you can consider your thoughts, actions and habits that are within your “comfort zone”.
How can you enable personal growth through changing these comfortable thoughts, actions and habits?
Especially if you have never been to the place that you are aiming to get to.
Your discipline can get stronger by making a choice to become and to stay uncomfortable, i.e moving outside of your comfort zone, and remaining outside of this zone.
Keeping uncomfortable when it is very easy to slip into comfort would stretch you and improve your self-discipline.
To build strong discipline and self control, ask yourself why do you I want to do the particular action and keep asking “why?”.
The number of whys that is typically uses is five(5). After “Five Whys”, the real solution/underlying reason may typically be uncovered. This is displayed in the schematic below.
Allow me to share an example.
Let us say that I want to learn to play the piano over a period of 30 days from tutorials on Youtube.
We can apply the technique of “Five Whys” to determine what lies at the basis of this interest and to see if I have the discipline and self control to follow through with this objective.
Why do I want to learn to play the piano from tutorials on Youtube ?
So that I can play all the songs that I like on a piano, when I want to.
Why do I want to play all the songs that I like on a piano , when I want to?
Because I like to express myself through music and adjust my playing style to fit my mood.
Why do I like to express myself through music and adjust my playing style ?
Music excites and intrigues me. I feel very connected to music ?
Why do I feel excited, intrigued and connected to music ?
I am inspired by my grandfather who was a self learned musician, being able to play multiple instruments.
Why am I inspired by my grandfather and his music prowess?
I miss my grandfather dearly since he passed away over 4 years ago. My grandfather was a very important part of my life, both during my young formative years and in my adulthood. His wise counsel on many matters was both greatly appreciated and very useful.
If I have the objective of learning to play piano at this stage, it may be because of a longing to create a connection to the memory of my dearly departed grandfather.
Would this discernment using the technique of “Five Whys” give me the strong discipline and self control to learn to play the piano over a period of 30 days from tutorials on Youtube?
Will I achieve my objective?