5 Tips for Self-Discipline and Motivation

By Tonka Dobreva 01.08.2015 interact

Discipline, willpower, self-motivation– these are the secrets to accomplishing everything you want in life whether it’s better grades, increased sports performance or just cleaning your room! Studies show that learning willpower at a young age leads to better health, better money saving skills, and smarter finance decisions.  Check out our list of ways you can jumpstart your willpower and hit those goals out of the park.


If you’d like to make changes in your discipline, you first have to look at your current habits. Do you lose interest in goals and projects quickly? Do you find it hard to stay on task? Which area of your life do you want to work on the most? Be honest with yourself about your common behaviors (like not turning in homework on time or skipping chores), and work backwards from there.


Developing any new skill or habit requires training your mind.  Instead of committing to six months of studying an hour more, start with a week or a month. Once you build the habit in your brain, not doing the action will feel unfamiliar and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.


As you get older, your life will change a lot. You’ll have to take on more and more responsibility, and for some people that can be really stressful! Instead of letting it upset you, use change to motivate you. If you know you want to be a lawyer, focus on the fact that getting into a good school will help you achieve that goal instead of honing in on the fact that you’ll be leaving high school behind.

Harnessing discipline, willpower, and self-motivation isn’t easy, and when you miss a deadline or forget to make your bed, it can make you feel like you’re not as focused or talented as other people. Loving all the good and bad parts of you will help to ease this feeling. Some people believe that affirmations are a great way to change your beliefs about yourself, while others advocate doing something outside of your comfort zone that you enjoy.

Willpower is a great thing. But one thing that everyone faces, whether they’re disciplined or not, is imperfection. No matter how disciplined you get, you will never be perfect. And that’s okay! Even Steve Jobs was fired from Apple before he created the iPod. Accepting that failure is part of life and not the end of your goals is important to making sure you stay on track.


  1. William pinkstaff

    I did not work.

  2. Catfish Lackey

    Not working

  3. Catfish Lackey

    Didnt work

  4. Catfish Lackey

    I agree with derek it did not help

  5. derek cornett

    this did not help

    • Catfish Lackey

      Same here

  6. H.M.

    this was helpful; and it helped me realize what i am capable of and it helped me know i’m not perfect.

  7. Abigail

    I tried and tried so hard and u wouldnt belive how many faces had a smile on them

  8. batmite

    all of this is easier said than actually done

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