Remember back in January when you were all excited about changing a certain area of your life? How many people jump on the bandwagon of New Year’s Resolutions? I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this, I am just curious as to how many people actually made these resolutions…AND stuck to them. I don’t even remember what my New Year’s Resolutions were…do you?
Now…how about those resolutions from 2016 or 5 years ago?
It’s funny how sometimes we flake on our commitments. I am just as guilty as anyone when it comes to not following through. This isn’t even about just the big things either, maybe you want to cut out chocolate for a week or write 2 blog posts per week (yes I’m pointing the finger at myself) these things are just as easy (or easier) to flake on than the big things because it’s so easy to make excuses.
This is something I’ve been thinking about. Why does it seem like it’s so hard to stay consistent? The answer is…because it is! It’s not easy to be disciplined. Consistency does not come about as a result of just a decision but of discipline as well and unfortunately…sometimes we skip this part.
According to Merriam-Webster the word discipline means: “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.”
When we talk about being consistent, this is the definition that we most quickly refer to. But guess what the first definition of discipline is in the Merriam-Webster dictionary? One striking word…punishment.
Are you willing to swallow the harsh reality that in order to discipline yourself you are going to have to punish certain parts of your natural tendencies? This is so hard to do, but I believe that once this crucial step is accepted it will make many of the changes that you want to make in your life possible!
The Bible has a lot to say about discipline and self-control but one scripture that really stood out in my research was Proverbs 25:28, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.”
What an alarming metaphor. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be like a city broken into and left without walls. Weak. Vulnerable. Destroyed. Violated. This is what you become when you lack discipline.
It is almost as though discipline is a fence that surrounds and guards your life and protects you from being broken into.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” John 10:10
So let’s get excited about discipline. Realize every time you fail to say “NO” when you should, you are letting your defenses down and you are making yourself susceptible disorder in more ways than you can think.
I hope this perspective helps you and in the longrun I believe it will help you to stay committed to the changes that you want in your life.
With Love Always
On Creating Your Most Fulfilling Life