In order to grow as a person and as a spiritual being we are required to practice self-discipline. In many areas of our lives there are certain aspects, which we are prone to be weaker in than in others. There are familiar addictions like alcoholism, gambling, or drug abuse; we all know that those are certainly wrong and unhealthy. But there are less apparent issues like over-eating, a craving for the constant win, a longing to have more than our neighbor, and looking for new partners instead of working out the existing issues at home. Even less noticeable are moods like procrastination, not staying focused, and shiftlessness. Sometimes, we just need a kick in the butt.
Personal growth is largely determined by our progress in self-discipline and I understand that this sounds a bit restrictive to our free-thinking society. However, neglecting to train yourself to think on the right and good side only, will certainly be detrimental and have its effects in the long run. Self-control starts by setting yourself a personal or business goal, an agenda, a dream fulfilled - and then, sticking to it.
The Greek word “enkrateia”, translated into “discipline”, denotes power. So self-discipline means to exercise power over one’s self. How do we expect to manage our inert power to create our dreams if we cannot control our own self, our daily responsibilities, and most of all our worldly unhealthy cravings?
Going forward, we must change our habits to reflect this new and healthier mind set. Don’t look at disciplining yourself as a punishment, a taking away of the pleasures you are longing for. Instead, see this discipline as your savior, because it means that you are in charge of your experiences. And I cannot imagine anything more thrilling than the knowing that I am the one who determines how my life is going to unfold, right here and right now.