Skills, mindset, natural ability. There are lots of qualities that determine success, but one that takes priority above all is the art of discipline.

Research carried out in 2013 by Wilhelm Hoffman found that people with high self-control are happier than those without.

Discipline is the number one trait required to achieve success, be that in your career, business or relationship. Self-discipline is the ultimate formula for leading a healthy, happy and successful life.

Below are some top tips for improving your self-discipline:

1. Eat regularly – Studies suggest that low blood sugar weakens a persons determination, when you’re not fully nourished your concentration suffers. Your brain stops functioning at its peak potential, and focusing becomes difficult.

Plan your meals ahead and stop your concentration being distracted by your growling stomach and let it be fully focused on the tasks at hand.

2. Schedule timeouts and rewards Try the Pomodoro technique (Read previous blow about it here), small breaks every 20 minutes can help your concentration and produce more focus.

Once tasks are completed reward yourself with treats, this could be spa days, cheat food once a week (Not daily) or a splurge at the shops (Don’t use the credit card).

3. Remove the temptation – If you struggle with food, remove the temptation. Don’t keep any of the bad food in your home, if its social media, download software blockers that only allow an allocated time each day.

You know the saying, out of sight, out of mind!

4. Just do it – Quite often change feels uncomfortable, this is due to an old habit that takes priority over the decision making process.

Much of the time we operate on autopilot, so if it feels weird, just see it through and give it some time to form. Change won’t happen overnight.

Get started on these four tips and begin your process to a stronger self-discipline.

Jon Covey

Multi Award Winning Speaker & Motivational Sales/Business Mentor
Jon Covey is a multi award winning sales/trainer and serial entrepreneur based in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Who specialises in self development, personal development, executive business coaching and sales training.

Covey, captivates audiences with his 'do it anyway' style, working through business issues and topics to help individuals and businesses explode productivity and sales.

For over a decade and a half Jon has been working with companies large and small. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with many business ventures under his belt and he is not afraid to tell you about the failures as well as the successes.

What you get from working with Jon is a clear concise straight to the point program that delivers an end result that you only dreamed of. With financial, work, and personal areas of your life balancing, this gives you a real sense of fulfillment in your life.

He often shares his wisdom through many media channels, which instantly turn viral with others eager to learn from his creativity and style.

You can follow Jon on twitter @Jon_Covey

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