Some Thoughts on Discipline

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Discipline is regarded as a bad word. Most think of it as heavy, burdensome and reject it, thinking I’m just not a disciplined type of person.

Discipline means ordered activity and ordered activity brings structure and rhythm to our day. Look at nature – we depend on the ordered activity of nature – the sun setting, the moon rising, the tides ebbing and flowing, the seasons and so forth.

Discipline is a power we all have, yes, some more than others, but it is something we all need to develop and improve on.

Discipline is increased by choosing a goal to work to and sticking to it, never giving up. If you fall down, you love and forgive yourself, pick yourself up and start over.  You never give yourself a hard time – this leaves you feeling unlovable, unworthy, no good and does not encourage you to keep seeking to improve.

You might decide to be vigilant about your habit of judging others or speaking when it would be better to not speak, or you might want to reduce or cut out coffee, sugar, cigarettes or such. This builds discipline and a strong will.

Discipline is also developed by making a decision you will get up earlier so you can have quiet time to journal and meditate and prepare for the day ahead.

Discipline is developed by deciding how much screen time you will allow yourself and sticking to this.

Discipline is developed by getting to bed and to sleep by a certain time each night so that you are ready to rise at your planned time in the morning.

You develop discipline by deciding you will take a walk every day, by aiming to drink at least 1.5 litres of water every day, starting with 2 glasses at least half an hour before breakfast, and such routines.

Discipline makes much more possible for you to fit into your day.  It has you in charge of yourself and more focused. There are so many benefits to discipline. Remember it is ordered activity – not a heavy burden but, a quality that enhances your experience of life.

 

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