“Self-discipline is when you tell yourself to do something and you don’t talk back.” – W. K. Hope
I admire people who have organized lives; their homes and workplaces are neat and organized and they actually can find their checkbooks, car keys and eyeglasses.
What does it take for a person to possess those characteristics?
The answer is self-discipline.
Having self-discipline means that we are able to control our feelings and desires. It means that we make a decision, take action, and preserve.
So if the rewards of self-discipline are so great, why is it so difficult for many of us to be self-disciplined? It may have to do with our inability to delay gratification. It may also be because we only make changes to gain pleasure or avoid pain.
I find that I can be very self-disciplined in some areas and not so in others. For those of you who have been long time readers of the Motivating Moments, you may recall the difficulties that I had when I began graduate school.
I struggled with math and statistical concepts that were totally foreign to me. I tackled the classes and preparation for the exams with the tenacity of a bulldog. I absolutely refused to fail and walk away from the humbling challenges that the classes posed.
It was during those times that I discovered within me the capacity for perseverance and self-discipline. Fortunately, I succeeded and received my MBA degree. There are rewards for delaying gratification in other areas.
What are the areas in your life that are begging for a great plan followed by self-disciplined execution? Get a friend to help you achieve your goals. Ask him or her to require that you report regularly about your progress.
Perhaps by being accountable to someone for our actions or inactions, you may find the courage to persevere.
“If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” – William Feather
Affirmation for the Week:
I decide, plan, focus, and succeed; and I do not give in or give up!
Have a determined and powerful week!
Mary “Motivator” Rau-Foster