Self-discipline: training and control of oneself and one’s conduct,usually for personal improvement.
As I stumbled across our favorite role model’s portrait, I suddenly realized that she couldn’t have this balanced life without self-discipline. To me, she is very similar to a professional athlete or even a very busy high-level politician, as far as her schedule is concerned!
How does she manage to fulfill all the roles she has? By a careful and disciplined time management.
I do believe that success we will have in any aspect of our lives stems from self-discipline and proper time management. Without these elements, we cannot properly fulfill our missions as Proverbs 31 women.
Why are we failing often to manage our time? I have identified some factors in my personal case:
- improper time management: you decide to do things on a day, but because you have overloaded your day, you are exhausted and you don’t finih what you planned to do in the first place
- procrastination/laziness: you think that tomorrow will take care of itself and you always postpone doing things until you aren’t saved by the bell anymore
- lack of planning: you spend your days as if you were the Spectator and not the main Actor of your life
How can we acquire self-discipline and what are the rewards?
Personally speaking, I have decided (and will start tomorrow, July 1st) to set up the following:
- establish a daily, weekly, and annual schedule and goals for every area of my life
- stick to my schedule (it will be difficult, but by God’s grace, I will succeed!)
- write a journal to review my growth in self-discipline
- review my goals in self-discipline in three months to see how I have Evolved
My areas of self-discipline and planning will involve:
- faith/spirituality (e.g. read my Bible, prayer Schedule, going to church…)
- relationship with family/friends (calling friends to keep in touch, my mother, my brethren…)
- my career goals (starting/developing a part-time business, my main job…)
- health goals (diet, sports…)
- homemaking schedule
- personal interest (personally, I wouldn’t recommend to pursue more than three personal interests, unless you want to be overloaded)
You can add any other area of your life if you wish.
The ultimate reward is to gain inner happiness in your life.
I will review my personal evolution and growth in three months and will tell how I feel at October 1st, by God’s grace!
What about you? Do you have areas of your lives where you think you can improve your self-discipline?
Use self-discipline to be the master of your fate and the captain of your soul, like our Proverbs 31 woman!