Self-discipline is different from discipline. Self-discipline is a self-imposed standard; a restriction motivated by a desire than the alternative. It is doing what is demanded not convenient. Self-discipline is created by a power of choice. Until you are responsible, you will destroy your destiny.
Proverbs 25:28 – He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.
Self-discipline means you are a law to yourself; you can never be great deceiving yourself. To be the best, you must be disciplined with your time, resources, conversations, reading habit, associations, music you listen to and what you watch. Discipline yourself to the demand of what you want to be.
1 Corinthians 9:27 – But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Never follow the crowd if you want the crowd to follow you; follow God. That everybody is doing it does not mean you should do it. When you do anyhow, your life will be anyhow. When liberty lacks control, it becomes captivity. Either you receive the pain of today to become great tomorrow or you play today to be in pain tomorrow. Some short term gains can cost you long term pains.
To be self-disciplined, the ability to manage time is very important. Time is one of the greatest assets God gave man. It is perishable, irretrievable and irreplaceable. Once it is gone or wasted, you cannot recover it. Time management is the ability to choose the sequence of events; always apply the ABCDE of time.
A – What I must do
B – What I should do
C – Things that are nice to do but are not necessary
D – Things to delegate
E – Things to eliminate
These principle will help you in time management when planning the day, and also realize that there are common time wasters which are:
3. Social media
4. Unnecessary meeting: People who hold too many meetings don’t achieve too many things.
5. Visitors: Program your life when you receive visitors.
Be self-disciplined even with your money and clothes. The first and best victory to become great is to conquer self.
Samson conquered everybody but didn’t conquer himself so Delilah did.
Judas conquered everybody except himself so money conquered him. Conquer yourself first, have self-discipline and watch yourself grow to greatness!