Discipline is key to hitting goals

The key to your success at work and in life is to become more disciplined, says Paul G. Krasnow, author of The Success Code: A Guide for Achieving Your Personal Best in Business and Life. Below he shares his top advice for becoming disciplined and focused:

Know your weakness. People often attempt to cover up any vulnerabilities or pretend they don’t exist. Until you can acknowledge your shortcomings, you won’t be able to overcome them. Pinpoint the habits or behaviors that are slowing down your momentum during the day.

Combine something you want to do with something you must do. For tasks that you are tempted to put off, combine them with something you enjoy. For example: Listen to your favorite music while organizing your files.

Remove temptations and distractions. Toss the junk food, remove the clutter, turn off any media, and create an environment that allows you to get your work done and serve your customers efficiently.

Stay on top of your goals and track your progress. Review your goals each morning before you start the day. Pick a quiet time or place to meditate on what you want to achieve in the short- and long-term. Write down your progress each day and acknowledge the victories along the way.

Prepare a backup plan. Know what you’ll say and do if temptation arises. Don’t just give in the very first time you have the urge to return to your old ways. What are concrete ways you can address these inevitable moments when your old self creeps up and asks you to check your newsfeed? Having a clear, solid approach to resist your impulse to return to the old ways will make it easier to nip these bad habits in the bud and stay on course.

Get the right support. Surround yourself with people who are like-minded and supportive. Take a moment to identify some blockers in your day-to-day commitment to discipline. Are there people or situations you can remove from your environment to stay on course?

Paul G. Krasnow is the author of The Success Code: A Guide for Achieving Your Personal Best in Business and Life. He is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he has been a top producer for 40 years.