Self-discipline is hard. Whether you’re talking about food choices, fitness, getting up with my alarm, having more patience with my three year old, or whatever else I’ve got going on in my life, being disciplined is a constant battle. I’m always looking for an easier way out, or just reacting to situations instead of thinking through the best choice–I’m sure you can relate. It’s hard to be a disciplined person, and I fall short pretty much every day.
It’s been a few years since I started focusing on being more disciplined, and it’s pretty amazing how far I’ve come in so many areas of my life–but there is always more room to grow! I’ve been reading (for a second time, actually) an amazing book and just wanted to recommend it to you.
Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden is exactly what I need to read right now–he is all about learning to be disciplined in every area of life, and that has been a great lesson for me over the last few years. I can choose a specific area of my life to grow in my discipline–focusing solely on workouts, or just on my patience, for example–but to truly grow in discipline, it needs to be something that pervades all areas of my life. I need to learn to become a disciplined WOMAN in general, not just a disciplined eater or a disciplined exerciser. I love that idea, and it’s exactly the type of person I want to become. If this is something you struggle with, too, please do yourself a favor and add this book to your Christmas list.
Also, a bit of encouragement: one of the most difficult aspects of learning to be disciplined (for me, anyway) was feeling like I had to muster up the strength to be more disciplined. It was overwhelming and exhausting for me to think about trying my hardest every day to be more disciplined! It made me not even want to try, because who can do that all day every day? Not me, for sure. But then I came across this verse that comforted me and made me feel really empowered:
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
If you are a Christian, you already have a Spirit of self-discipline within you–you just have to ask God to help you live that out and choose to submit to that Spirit in your day to day choices. So be encouraged by that!
What books have you read that have helped you with this idea of self-discipline? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!