What Is Self Discipline?
Personally, I believe self discipline is self love. Most people may not see it the same way. Regardless of what most people believe, our initial instinct as humans is self preservation.
If a building was to catch fire your first thought would be to save yourself. Once your safe, then you think about how you can help to save others.
Some would say this kind of thinking is selfish. But its really not, its necessary. How can I save others if I cannot save myself? How can I show a blind man the world, if I cannot see? The reason we think this way is because we love ourselves first.
This is why self discipline must be self love. We love ourselves enough to learn new disciplines in order to preserve our own lives.
Self Preservation Mode
Often times, when people fall into addiction or form destructive behaviors it can be directly correlated to a lack of self discipline. Discipline is the root of many things including a lack of worthiness, a lack of awareness, and essentially, a lack of self love.
Why? Because, if you believe in yourself, if you love yourself, you would hold yourself to a higher standard.
Once you gain awareness of yourself and realize the areas in your life that need work, you go into self preservation mode.
For example, if you’re overweight we go on diets or make a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle. If you’re in an abusive relationship, (hopefully) you’ll leave the relationship in search of a more valuable one. If you have a problem with alcohol and other drugs, you’ll make efforts to stop using and form habits that are more conducive to your goals and lifestyle.
When you love yourself, you are able to create the disciplines necessary to live a long and prosperous life.
I love myself, therefore I am.
The individual who does not love their self and is willing to do harm to their self is clinically insane!
Once you have realized your problems and formed disciplines to correct them, you free yourself from the bondage those problems have been holding you under.
Take a moment today and create new disciplines for yourself, then make an effort to hold yourself to that new standard. It will change your life for the better.
Discipline yourself, love yourself, so you can free yourself.
What disciplines have you created that have affected your life for the better? Comment below.
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