When you think about the word discipline, what comes to mind?
Perhaps- will power, sacrifice, difficulty, pain….
Why in the world would any of us want to be self-disciplined with those connotations?
It's no wonder we seem to ultimately fail at our attempts to discipline ourselves into making changes in our lives!
But perhaps if we changed how we think about discipline, things would be different.
The word discipline comes from the word disciple. A disciple is a follower of the doctrines of a teacher or a school of thought. Most notably were the Disciples of Christ. Devoted followers, who gave up all else to commit their lives to their savior.
What if self-discipline was the act of following what you are devoted to, committing your life to your highest self? What if you gave up fear, insecurity & inadequacy and committed your life to that self?
What if you, were your own savior?
To become a disciple of your own highest self, first you must find her. She can be found in the quiet space in between your thoughts. She can be found when your body is alive with energy, when you are doing something you love. She can be found in the joy you feel when your deeply connected with another human being. She knows nothing of numbers on a scale or clothing tags. She only knows wholeness, beauty and contentment. She revels in your uniqueness.
You may have heard this one before, “You need to be more self disciplined!” Indeed!!! Follow your self. Follow her before all others. Allow her to lead you to behaviors that are aligned with your greatest good. Discipline will no longer require will power, sacrifice, difficulty and pain. Instead discipline creates natural flow, giving in, ease and JOY.
How might your life change, if you became a disciple of your highest self?
"We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."