We have made it to the end of the Discipline Boot Camp series. Today we will look at the skills you can add to improve your discipline in life. If you have missed any of the other six post in the series you can check them out here: Discipline Boot Camp Part 1, Discipline Boot Camp Part 2, Discipline Boot Camp Part 3, Discipline Boot Camp Part 4, Discipline Boot Camp Part 5 and Discipline Boot Camp Part 6.
As I have stated before, it is important to realize that if you do not have a foundation in discipline you cannot simply say; “I want to be more disciplined in life.” It’s not going to happen. A person with no self-discipline cannot wake up one day and automatically be a disciplined person. Instead we need to see discipline as an “App” that we download onto our operating system of life. In order to use the “app” of discipline you need to have the correct operating system to make the app work. That’s what this series is about – upgrading your internal operating system so that you can run the discipline app. Now, before we get into skills to learn, I want to make it clear that this information is based on my study of Dr. Townsend’s book The Entitlement Cure. Are you ready for the final post? Let’s do it!
Skills to Learn
Here are 4 skills you can learn to help you as you “install” your “app” of discipline to your life. Don’t take the easy way out, learn to do hard things and press on even when times get tough. Also, remember to reach out to friends – call them in the middle of the night if you have to, they will understand if they are true friends.
Skill 1: Meditate on Proverbs 21:5
Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) – Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.
Skill 2: Keep Your Goals Physically Present
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NASB) – “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Just as in Deuteronomy God told Israel to “post” the commandments and review them on a regular basis (when you lie down, when you get up…) we should also review our goals on a regular basis as well. Put them on the calendar. Post them on the wall at the office, put reminders of your goals in your car. Look at them daily and talk about them with your friends and supporters on a weekly basis.
Skill 3: Begin With Small Steps
- Quick victories will lead to bigger successes
- What About Bob / Baby Steps!
Skill 4: Failing is Normal
- Start to see fails as small setbacks to reaching the BIG Picture
- “Long Term Goals keep me from being discouraged from short term setbacks.”
I hope this series has been beneficial to your growth. Please send me an email to let me know what your goals are and what question you have through this process.
Next week I will be starting a new series about my trip to Africa.