How do you like the title? I came up with it in the middle of the night when I just could not get to sleep. Probably why I couldn’t get to sleep. Thinking too much! haha
I have to admit, I am not good at this thing called “self-discipline.”
Not good at all.
Not even in the smallest of ways.
And if you can’t be good at something in even the smallest of ways, how can you be any good in big ways?
Did you know that God has given believers the gift of self-discipline? “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
The thing is, self-discipline is a learned process. It is something that as we practice it, we get better and better at it.
I don’t practice self-discipline like I should.
Something tells me that maybe you have a hard time practicing self-discipline and you just need a little motivation and accountability. Well here it is.
You can download a copy for yourself here.
This chart can be used for getting into small habits that help develop good self-discipline. For myself, I’m working on
- Going to bed by 10:30 pm (meaning lights out at 10:30)
- Getting out of bed by 6:00 am
- Walking 30 minutes
- Eating at least 2 fruits daily (I like my junk food!)
For the blog, I’m working on
- Writing a post the day before I want to post it. (It really should be 2 days so, I can correct it better.)
- Spending time in prayer for the blog and readers. (I do forget to do this most important thing)
- Reading and commenting on other blogs. (You take the time to read mine, I can at least return the favor)
- Pinning something to Pinterest everyday. (Helps build traffic.)
What I like about the chart above it that it keeps me focused on just this week. Last week is in the past. I can learn from it, but I can’t change it and I don’t need reminders of how I messed up. Next week isn’t even here yet, so why worry about it? This week, this day! It’s about all I can handle.
Don’t get me wrong, I do set long-term goals,but just setting the long-term goals doesn’t work for me. I have to break it down into bite size chunks. This way I can get more focused and set specific smaller goals to get to the long-term ones. In other words, I have a plan.
As I develop habits, to meet these goals, so that I’m not even thinking about having to do them anymore, I can move on to the next goal that needs to be done to get to the long-term goal.
I hope you find this little chart helpful. Let me know how it works for you!