Self-Discipline & Success
What is Self-discipline?
Dictionary.com defines discipline as, “ Training to act in accordance with rules”. In short, you can learn to discipline yourself in accord to the rules you set up for your own life or succumb to the demands and ideas of others. As the saying goes:
“ If you do not discipline yourself, others will.”
If the concept of discipline sounds so simple, then why are so many people settling for mediocrity, failure, and quiet desperation?
Here’s the answer:
We’ve all been conditioned to think that self-discipline and courage is something reserved for soldiers, firefighters, and martial artists…to the “brave men and women” who NEED it in order to save the world.
Self-discipline and courage can be found in any and every human being, if you learn to exercise these mental skills. To abolish laziness and unproductivity, self-discipline has to come from within.
Yet, it can be fun!
With the proper mindset you can change how you view self-discipline.
Here are 4 clear-cut steps to boost self-discipline:
1.) Eliminate vagueness, and get specific about your goals. If you want to lose weight, do not focus on “losing weight” as a goal. Rather focus on losing 30 or 40 pounds by a specific date.
2.) Set a time frame for your goal. Cut the time limit down to something you know you can reach. For example, say you’ll lose 30 pounds in 40-60 days rather than in a few months. If you’re goal is bigger than increase the time frame.
3.) Set high standards, and don’t compare yourself with others. Comparing yourself to others will detract from your own goals and aspirations. Focus whole heartedly on what YOU want.
4.) Self-motivation and learning to say ‘No!’ are two important rules for self-discipline. If you’re wasting time doing something unproductive instead of running at the gym, then this counts as a moment where you lost your focus. Jot down your activities in a journal, and setup a way to manage your time productively.
Self-discipline and courage go hand-in-hand because it takes relentless determination and action to achieve your goals in spite of all the distractions and negativity in the modern world. However, when you commit yourself to your life goals self-discipline will become an enjoyable and worthwhile ally in reaching your full potential.
Transforming Weaknesses Into Strengths
Life without its fair share of trials and tribulations does not exist and without at least a degree of spiritual awareness, the Earth often seems like a dark and sorrowful, lonely and frightening place. Each soul must shoulder its own cross, its earthly existence, and learn to walk with it. Whenever I have to work my way through some difficult experiences, I find it helpful to remind myself that they are not meant to be some kind of retribution. They are gifts from the Universe to help us grow in understanding, develop some inner strength and bring forth from within the highest, noblest and best. A vital part of the law of life is evolution and progress. That is why the eradication of our weaknesses by transforming them into strengths is now such a pressing issue.
But before anyone can set about doing this, one first needs to discover what one’s negative character traces and behaviour patterns are, as many of them are by no means instantly visible on the surface. Some of them are so well hidden that they can only be recognised through gazing deeply and with utter honesty into the mirror of our self and that is the world around us, which acts like a mirror that constantly reflects back to each one of us what is happening inside us.
From ‘Transforming Weaknesses Into Strengths’
With love and light,
The Joy Of Being Yourself
To truly be myself and you yourself,
It is essential that I do my thing and you do yours.
We are not in this world
To live up to each other’s expectations.
You are you and I am I.
If, whenever we meet, we can love and accept each other,
Just the way we are,
We truly are friends and that is beautiful.
Edited by Aquarius
• ‘In a world that is trying to make you like everyone else, being yourself is the greatest challenge of all.’ Anon.
• ‘If you don’t like my words, don’t listen. If you don’t like my appearance, don’t look. If you don’t like my actions, turn your head. It’s as simple as that.’ Anon.
• ‘You were born an original. Don’t become a copy.’ Anon.
• ‘If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me that way.’ Goethe
• ‘This is who I am. Nobody said you had to like it.’
• ‘Live your life the way you want to live it. Don’t allow others to live it for you.’ Anon.
• ‘It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.’ Herman Melville
• ‘I was once afraid of people saying: ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to stand and say: ‘This is who I am.’ Oprah Winfrey
• ‘I never wanted to be different. I just wanted to be me.’ Anon.
• ‘Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.’ Judy Garland
• ‘The only freedom in our world lies in being yourself.’ Anon.
• ‘Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.’ Lao Tzu
• ‘If we cannot be ourselves, what’s the point in having a mirror?’ Anon.
• ‘Enjoy who you are. Do not hate yourself for what you are not.’ Anon.
• ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realised how seldom they do.’ Eleanor Roosevelt
• ‘Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.’ Oscar Wilde
• ‘Few are those who know how to see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.’ Albert Einstein
From ‘Words & Prayers For Healing Friendships’
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