Self-Discipline is the Highest Form of Discipline

To exercise self-discipline a compelling reason must exist. Otherwise, there is no point to restrain or deprive yourself of something.

In my experience, there is no greater reason for self-discipline, than a vision for your life, generated by your life purpose. This vision allows you to see into the future and realize what you are capable of achieving. In addition, it reveals the personal changes you need to make to fulfill your vision.

Initially, you capture the vision…eventually you become captured by your vision. When this happens, you become unstoppable; you change from a procrastinator to an achiever.

The excitement released by your vision causes you to make an honest assessment of yourself. This self-evaluation reveals all the areas of your life in which you lack self-control….someone or something else governs that part of your life. It awakens you to the reality that without gaining control in these areas, no matter how big your vision, you risk the possibility of not achieving it. This awareness provides you the most compelling reason to exercise self-discipline.

How I lost 10 pounds in two weeks!

I was out of control -another way of saying I lacked self-discipline- when it came to eating unhealthy foods. It seems that they controlled me and I was their victim…stuffing myself with all kinds of sweets and carbohydrates. The typical diet in my Hispanic culture is full of fats, sweets and carbs.

I have never connected personal character with my lack of self-discipline in regards to food. Then one day it suddenly dawned on me, ‘If cant’ say NO to unhealthy and tempting foods, I cannot say NO to temptation and sin.’ The same principle operates in both cases…lack of self-discipline.

To this enlightenment, I added the fact in order to fulfill my vision, I need to be healthy. I took this opportunity, not so much to lose weight but to build my character. Every time I can stand unmoved by the temptation of unhealthy foods, something inside me is getting stronger. I have reduced about 90% of carbs from my diet and the pounds are coming off! I am becoming a master of myself instead of being mastered by these external elements. This quality is indispensable to fulfill my life purpose and my vision.

By exercising self-disciplining in this area, I have done in two weeks something I hadn’t been able to in over ten years!

Where do you need self-discipline?

Choose one area of your life that you need to exercise self-control.

  • Speech…controlling what comes out of your mouth.
  • Health…controlling what goes into your mouth.
  • Finances…managing your money better…not being compulsive.
  • Procrastination….managing your time well.

Do you have a compelling reason to be disciplined?

The highest form of discipline is self-discipline…Self-imposed, dictated by the values that guide your life, motivated by your vision, generated by your life purpose!

Nestor Lima