REAL RICHES #10:Complete Self Discipline
We have all heard of or know someone who has been blessed with some great talent and ability. But maybe this person has some equally great weakness. King Solomon was regarded as the wisest person alive. Other kings and queens were amazed with his wisdom. He was powerful and wealthy beyond measure. However, with all of his great wisdom, he failed to follow the advice of his religion and advisors by marrying multiple women from various countries. He was very well disciplined in many aspects of his life, but he let his guard down in this one department. This lack of discipline became his downfall. Many of the great things he accomplished during his lifetime and his great knowledge became tarnished because of his lack of complete self discipline. To achieve great success and happiness, it is important to be self disciplined. By not having discipline, we risk losing everything we’ve gained and worked for. Discipline yourself by forming good habits, by being consistent and following through with your promises. If there is something that continues to make you fall backward in life or restrict your progress, identify the problem and take control of it now. Establish some guidelines for yourself to control this problem now before it restricts your personal growth.
If you have some bad habit that you want to change, replace that habit with something good. Habit replacement is one of the best ways for us to cope with quitting something that has a negative impact on our lives. If drinking or smoking makes you fall back in life, find out what it is about drinking or smoking that you enjoy. Is it the social enjoyment it provides, does it just feel natural or like your routine? Try to come up with some good habit to replace the bad habit. Soon, your new habit might make the bad habit become a thing of the past. When faced with the bad habit of wasting hours watching TV, Groucho Marks said “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” In doing so, Groucho was turning a bad habit into something good. If you have a sweet tooth, every time you have an urge for sweets, have some fruit available and eat a piece of fruit instead of candy. Soon, you will begin to crave the fruit more than the candy. You’re bad habit for candies will be replaced with a good and healthy habit of eating fruits.
Replace All Your Bad Habits with Better Ones
You can apply this same concept of habit replacement with any bad habit in order to form self discipline. Find out what is holding you back from growing today and think of ways to replace that habit with a better and more beneficial habit.
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