Self Discipline

I would like to get stronger, even at 70, it is possible. I would like to get smarter, wiser, think better, remember easier, quicker, I can do that, most older people go the other way, I don’t have to. I would like to get healthier, I certainly could eat better, less for sure. I would like to be better, a better teacher, a better husband, father and grandfather, a better fisherman and hunter, if I don’t get complacent I can get better, I know I can. There is only one way to get stronger, smarter, and better at everything and that is hard work, late nights, early mornings, practice, repetition, study, and discipline. I am naturally lazy and lethargic, and it is so nice to skip all that exercise, extra reading and writing. Self discipline is what conquers laziness and lethargy, and keeps us faithful at the basic disciplines. Self-discipline grows in us over time by doing the things that are required for it to grow in us. In order to become increasingly more self-disciplined you must want it, want it a lot, really want it, want it so much you will do just about anything to get it. Don’t ever, in a million years excuse your lack of self discipline as just the way you are. Everybody was that way, we are all born that way, but some don’t stay that way, nobody has to stay that way, so be determined not to. Certain exercises are extraordinarily effective in building self discipline, do them faithfully or stay weak and wimpy. Read your Bible everyday, there are so many blessings that come to the person who will do that, and self discipline is one of them. Exercise physically, everyday, it is amazing how connected our body and soul are. Again, there are tons of benefits to a daily exercise routine, and increased self discipline is one of them. Routinely fast, one meal, one day, two days, a week, nothing takes more self discipline for me than fasting, and there are so many rewards and a growing self discipline is a major one. Most won’t do these on their own, they will need some accountability, someone to do it with them, encourage them, pray for them. If you really want to be self disciplined you will find the people to help you, there is no other option, that is just the way it is.

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