Grenville Kleiser said, “By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” But first, we need to learn to control our emotions. In fact, self-discipline is the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it. It is also the ability to make yourself do things that should be done.
Most think that serving God and living within boundaries is restraining, but in reality, it is liberating. Lacking self-discipline and self-control, however, is the real issue; you tend to make more mistakes and miss so many opportunities. In fact, we limit our own lives because we lack self-discipline, whether it’s not studying enough, losing our temper, procrastinating or giving in to temptation.
Harry Truman once observed, “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves … self-discipline with all of them came first.” We need to realize that boundaries are healthy; they keep us safe and actually open the door for more opportunities. Ultimately, it’s when we practice self-discipline and self-control that we are truly able to accomplish great things.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, January 11, 2016 @ 9:24 PM CDT
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