One way you can develop more discipline is to use challenges. This makes it more like a game and less like a chore. Also, there can be the added elements of competition with others and having them help hold you accountable, which improves your odds of success.
Challenges are very popular, and you can find them in many places. Or you can make up your own and share it with a group of people. You also can make your own challenge or use one from someone else to just challenge yourself. Consider trying out a few different things to you find what works best for you.
When looking to see if a challenge will be useful to you, there are some factors to look for in order to best benefit.
Is the challenge realistic? You want to stretch yourself, but not to the point where you have no chance of success. For example, you could challenge yourself to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, but that is neither realistic nor healthy. But likewise, you also don’t want the goal to be too easy, or else it’s not really a challenge.
You also need to have the time available to devote to it so it doesn’t end up becoming a source of unnecessary stress or guilt. Be sure to include time for learning new things, For example, if you challenge yourself to build a new blogging website in 30 days, remember that if you have never done one before, you will have to learn some things, and that will be extra time above just writing the blog posts.
If the challenge is a large one over a longer period of time, are there clear-cut milestones along the way to help you have a sense of accomplishment? If your challenge, for example, is losing 60 pounds in a year, you need to set up smaller weight goals along the way so you can keep up the momentum.
Milestones also help you see if you need to tweak the challenge, either lower or higher. If you lose 10 pounds in about 2 months, you are right on schedule, If you have only lost 5 pounds in that same time period, though, you may need to lower the amount you plan on losing in a year. On the other hand, if you lose 15 pounds in 2 months, you may want to raise the amount you plan on losing in a year or cut the time down to say 10 months.
When you do a group challenge, you have some added benefits. There is a sense of camaraderie when working together on a goal that you do not get just competing with yourself.
Other people can give you ideas, too. For example if you are in a group losing weight, people can share healthy recipes and support. Just remember that the primary person you are in competition with is not the other members of the group, but yourself, and you can really enjoy doing a group challenge.