The science = the action taken.
The art = the mindset to take action.
You need both.
My guess, is you've been mainly focusing on the actions… thinking about what you need to do or not do that would make you self-disciplined.
A really great thing! But you're missing something.
This is evident if you keep doing the opposite of, what you define as, self-disciplined action.
And the mindset takes practice.
Just like you can’t expect to paint like an artist the first time you pick up a brush.
Here are the 3 mindset shifts to make if you want to have more self-discipline (whether it be with food, exercise, cleaning, work…)
1. God has equipped me to get this done. I can do this.
Think about this… how many times have you told yourself, “I can’t get this done.” “I don’t know how to do this.” “I’m just lazy and don’t have the strength/focus/energy.” If you think you can’t, you won’t. But, you need to remember:
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
That’s right. You have sufficiency IN ALL THINGS (energy, time, strength, planning, ect.) to do the GOOD work God is calling you to do. Including, that self-disciplined action you want to be taking.
2. I will feel so GOOD getting this done. I love doing this because I love how it makes me feel to complete it.
I don’t always love getting up early to work out. I don’t always love doing the dishes. But, I get them done anyway because I KNOW and remind myself how much I love the feeling when I’m done.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3: 12-14)
Not only do I get to press on because I know my reward of heaven is coming, but I also am blessed with rewards on this earth. I get rewarded with the most amazing feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction, clarity, peace and so many more.
But I have to let go of all the times I did NOT follow through and DO IT this time. I sometimes have to press forward, even when it’s not what I really want to do at the moment, reminding myself of the good coming.
3. This is important not only for me but also for others.
Yes, making your bed is important for others too. Going for that 10-minute walk is important for others. Sticking to your planned meals is important.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, (Deuteronomy 30:19)
What you do today, even the small things, is what sets the example and brings about life for others. This isn’t just about you, it’s about being a testament, an example so others will live life abundantly too.
It’s also about choosing LIFE. Life isn’t giving into every fleshly desire. True living is about more…
These are the mindset shifts. I encourage you to save this blog. You’ll want to refer back to it.
Comment below with what you would like to be more self-disciplined in and I'll be sure to respond back with some helpful insight.