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Being the Best
Theodore Roosevelt said, “With self-discipline most anything is possible.” But self-discipline comes with a price tag. It means we have to give up old, unsavory habits, change our ways of doing things, and reorient ourselves to the task of taking care of ourselves.
Radio talk show host Dennis Prager said, “Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.” Our own nature has a seductive siren that tries to lead us astray, ever singing her siren’s persuasive song, impelling us to do things that are not in our own best interest.
When we try to insert new, healthier habits into our lives, this siren tells us our lives are fine the way they are. When we try to give up old habits that are detrimental to our health, the siren urges us to keep doing the same old things.
We definitely ARE the biggest obstacles to our own emotional, physical and spiritual growth. If we choose to make changes and to grow emotionally, take better care of our health, and do daily spiritual exercises that bring us closer to God, how do we go about doing these things?
Self-discipline can bring us more success in all our activities than any other quality we can adopt. We do not arrive in this world with self-discipline. We learn it along our journey. Some people learn it so well they become overly disciplined; other do not learn it very well at all. Which one are you?
With self-discipline in proper proportions, we can better achieve our goals. We can integrate healthy habits into our lives. We can also make quantum leaps in our spiritual growth. Here are some steps toward bring more self-discipline into your life:
1. Set goals for yourself.
Life Coach Tony Robbins says, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
Decide what you want out of life. (Be sure to consider what the consequences are to you and others of your achieving each goal so that you do not accrue negative karma.)
Possible goals include:
· Eating only healthy foods
· Developing a daily attitude of gratitude
· Seeking answers from your Inner Guide rather than relying only on your own limited resources
· Setting aside time daily for meditation
· Setting aside time daily to practice your spiritual beliefs
· Beginning an exercise program.
2. Develop a plan
Having goals is wonderful, but without a plan on how to achieve your goals, they will end up like most people’s New Year’s resolutions, only a momentary wish floated in the atmosphere.
Write your plan down. Post it where you can see it daily. Tell your friends and family about it so they can encourage you to follow it. (Be sure to specify that you want their encouragement, not their shaming if you fall short of your goals.)
3. Put your plan into action
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
This means we have to believe that we are capable of seeing our plan to fruition. We must not allow self-doubt to assail us and keep us from succeeding. If necessary, phrase your plan as a positive affirmation, make copies of it and post it everywhere, even above your toothbrush.
With goals, and plans to see them through, we can easily grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We are each sparks of God, and we are meant to be the best we can be, but it is up to us to undertake the challenge of being the best version of ourselves we can be.
May the God of Love add a blessing to these humble words.
© 2015 Rev. S. Suzanne Fisher