Discipline (vs. Self-Indulgence)
Choosing behaviors to help me reach my goals.
To practice Discipline I will:
- not act impulsively.
- not equate desires with rights.
- set my own limits.
- see my anger as a sign that something is wrong in me.
- walk away from things that are not right.
Disciplne starts with our self-talk, those things we say about ourselves to ourselves in our head. If we are constantly saying negative things about ourselves our actions and reactions will reflect this negativity. Just as we wouldn’t choose to hang around a group of friends that only said negative things about us, we need to discipline our thoughts to eliminate the negative chatter we generate in our minds. Increasing positive self-talk gives us a more optimistic outlook which enables us to cope better with stressful situations and have a proper reaction.
This month, improve your discipline by choosing positive self-talk.
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”
– Clint Eastwood