6 Ways to Be More Disciplined

6 Ways to Be More Disciplined

Discipline.   I’ve been failing miserably in this area lately.   Remember the to-do lists I mentioned in this post?  Well, part of the reason why I get behind is because I am not disciplined enough to actually do the things on my lists (and there are lots of lists-trust me).

I’m sick and tired of my lack of discipline so, I’ve decided to do something about it.  I gave it some thought and came up with 6 ways that I can become more disciplined.  Maybe you need to improve in this area too.  Here is what we can do…

1. Pray for help.  We can’t do it on our own.  We need to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the day.  I don’t know about you, but I’m not used to praying to the Holy Spirit for help.  But He is there, and He wants to be involved.  He wants to be in control.  “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye know made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3  We can’t rely on our own flesh.  We must depend on the Spirit.

2. Start somewhere.  “Discipline is like a muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it gets.”  If we determine to practice self discipline in one area of our life, it will strengthen our self discipline in other areas.  We just need to start.

3. Picture the results.  When we know why we are doing something, it’s a lot easier to do it. If we want to be more disciplined with our time, we should make a list of all the things would will do with the extra time we will have when we practice self-discipline.  If we want to be disciplined with our health, we should make a list of the wonderful things that will happen when we discipline ourselves to be healthy.

4. Be accountable.  We need to surround ourselves with people that will keep us accountable and remind us of what we should be doing.  -If you don’t have anyone to keep you accountable, ask for help.  Most people love the chance to correct someone else 😉  Accountability is very motivating.  It’s like positive peer pressure.

5. Create a plan of action.  Planning ahead is pretty amazing.  It can help us see potential temptations, roadblocks, and obstacles.  We can then create solutions.  In case that makes no sense, here is an example.  If I’m trying to watch what I eat I can look on my calendar to spot all the times I will be tempted to over-indulge.  Birthday parties, church fellowships, get-together with friends, or going out to eat with the family.  By doing this I won’t be surprised by that upcoming church fellowship 🙂 I can then decide if I want to take my own snack, limit my portions, eat later, or declare a cheat meal.

6. Remember that being disciplined pleases God.  We are are only here for a short time.  God has given us a lot of things to steward and manage for Him.  We have a body to care for, time to redeem, relationships to nurture, and goals to pursue for His glory.  The only way we can live a radiant life for God is to be intentional.  It takes self control and discipline to be intentional.  Realizing that God is pleased by our self-control should be extremely motivating to us as Christian young women.

There you have it… six ways to be more disciplined.  It’s a never ending journey.  Every day we must decided to carry on despite how we feel.  God will be pleased and His Holy Spirit is there to help and guide us.

{I would love to know}  What area of your life to needs to most self-discipline right now?

 

Rebekah Joy (2)

9 thoughts on “6 Ways to Be More Disciplined

  1. Hello 🙂
    I’m just curious about your pictures that go with every post…do you take them? If so, you do a fantastic job!! 😀

    1. I hope to start taking some of my own blog photos at some point. My camera is finally working again! The photos I have been using come from stock photo sites that let people use the photos for free without attribution.

      1. “My camera is finally working again!” Yep, know how that goes! 😀 Mine has been taking my hopes on a roller-coaster ride for months now… never know when it will decide to function. 😉

        Which sites have you found good results with? I’ve only run across those which charge fees, e.g. membership, to access their selections.

        Emily

        1. Yeah all our little gadgets and toys are great… Until they decide to have a mind of their own!! 🙂
          For stock photos I jump around between pixabay, death to stock photos, pexels, and others (I can’t remember the site names at the moment!!).

  2. Just a quick question about whether I understood something you mentioned under #1. Do you believe that Christians should address the Holy Spirit Himself in prayer?

    I’m interested because at a recent camp we attended, a speaker mentioned that Scripture doesn’t support this practice. (I’d wondered about this before when hearing songs like “Spirit of the Living God,” so I was all ears when this subject came up in a question-and-answer session.) 🙂 I need to do some studying on this myself, but from what he said, the Spirit is the means of addressing the Father and the Son. Anyway, maybe what you were saying was completely different! I was just hoping you’d clarify. 🙂 Thanks!

    In Christ,
    Emily

    1. Great question! I do have an answer for you but before I respond do you mind if I think on it for a bit? I want to make sure my answer makes sense to you and most importantly, that it’s Biblical. 🙂

      1. I don’t mind at all! I recognize and respect the responsibility you have to provide Biblical answers to all your readers.

        By the way, I hope I haven’t given you any wrong impressions! 🙂 I wasn’t intending to spark a long, drawn-out conversation about this, just to clarify for anyone else who comes along and has a similar question to mine.

        In Christ,
        Emily

        1. I haven’t forgotten about your question! Personally, I believe there wouldn’t be anything wrong about directing a short prayer to the Holy Spirit….but….since we do pray through the Spirit I suppose it’s not necessary. Thank you for asking the question… It made me do some inquiring and my Pastor actually gave me a message to listen to about this. I will continue to research it a bit more… We all definitely need to know what we believe and why 🙂

          1. Thank you for taking the time to research and reply! (And I’m glad it was profitable.) 🙂

            Much love in our Savior,
            Emily

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