Self-Discipline

DSCN0982Exercising control over the self, discipline toward self; accountability

Self-Command is the main elegance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who masters his own soul will forever be called conqueror of conquerors. Plautus

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. Marcus Annaeus Senneca

  The skilled practice of self-discipline is critical to our advancing the cause our becoming a better person. If we are going to continue to make worthwhile changes, it takes increasing self-control. Expecting to make progress without discipline fits the popular definition of insanity; “Doing the same things we have always done and expecting things to be different” Progress requires making progressive changes to the self through the persistent and patient application of self-control.It is a full-time effort and should be a highly desired life skill.

Self-discipline is a key ingredient separating the well-adjusted from those struggling to keep their lives in balance and harmony. The self-disciplined are achievers, doers; “movers and shakers”. They control and mold themselves into what they want and need to be. They focus their mental and physical energies toward goals and objectives. Their ability to practice self-discipline is analogous to a heat-seeking missile constantly focused on the target. Their self-discipline keeps them from deviating very off course.

How often have we felt disappointment about things we wish could have been done differently or better? How often do we find ourselves knowing we should do something in a particular way, but lacking sufficient self-discipline and end up doing the opposite of what we needed to do? How many of us have problems with over-eating, under exercising, smoking, over spending, too much alcohol, TV, or any other excesses or weaknesses? How many of us lose our temper or are overly critical, hypocritical, too anxious, impatient or habitually late? Many of our shortcomings and weaknesses are related to our lack of sufficient self-discipline.

“Babying ourselves, shortcomings, weaknesses and bad habits keep us where we are. We must look in the mirror and become frank and honest. Having more self-discipline; starts with creating a mental picture of what a self-disciplined new us looks like. The “undisciplined” are more spoiled, whiny and immature. The disciplined are more like the U.S. Marine standing at attention having great self-control and confidence.

We will not advance very far in life without having sufficient quantities of self-discipline. Like anything else; we have to work at it; become passionate about it; and seriously commit. When we get off track, it takes getting back on track. Self-discipline is something which has to become standard operating procedure. Those with self-discipline tend to have lives headed forward and are likely are feeling good about the direction they are headed.

Challenge:Are you the self-disciplinarian you want and need to be? Are some personal discipline issues causing heartache and grief? The skilled practice of self-discipline is the remedy to many shortcomings. Start out small and take baby steps. Look for little things and make disciplined choices. Hold yourself increasingly accountable. Every success adds to your ability to create more success. You must become your disciplinarian.

Wisdom: I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; the hardest victory is the victory over self.  Aristotle

Spiritual: (NIV)

Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Romans 8:37

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

We are incomplete without God in our lives. We were designed to interact and have relationship with him. Without him we will always struggle to stay on top of all that life requires and demands. It often seems more than we can handle. God wants us to be on top of the demands of life. He wants our life to be rich and rewarding. He is on the sidelines, able and willing, to coach and help us, always willing to point us in the right direction.

Prayer: Help me to have more self-discipline in my daily life. Help me to be more in control of myself.

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