Website DIVISIONS (Over 600 articles to help you to grow in every facet of your life)
Written by Jimmie Burroughs Email to a friend
Discipline is not something you have or don’t have; nor is it something you’re born with. It is a decision you make to do something and see it through to completion, or a decision to do some things consistently or not to do some things. By consistently deciding over and over to take the right action and see it through you become disciplined and respond with discipline subconsciously. Regardless how well you plan and set goals, if you do not discipline yourself to carry through, it is in vain. Discipline and focus are the most important attributes for success.
All during our growing up years we were told the importance of discipline without being told pacifically what it was; neither did we see too much of it in those, our role models, who told us its importance. So first, what is discipline? The word discipline can be applied in several different ways. The application we are concerned with here is related to personal self control. The dictionary’s definition of discipline: behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control. The key words are: rules of conduct; behavior; training and control. From that prospective we can apply 7 Powerful characteristics of Discipline.
1. Discipline is managing time in the most effective way.
2. Discipline is completing each and every task in a preset time frame.
3. Discipline is keeping body, soul and spirit, the three essentials of our existence, in balance.
4. Discipline is the ability to stay focused and on course.
5. Discipline is always keeping commitments we make with ourselves and others.
6. Discipline is determination to keep going when the going is hard.
7. Discipline is being on time every time.
Discipline is managing time in the most effective way.
According to a recent survey by America Online and Salary.com, the average workers confesses to wasting 2.09 hours per 8 hour work day and this doesn’t include lunch and scheduled breaks. Companies are under the assumption that a certain amount of time is wasted, and that is factored in when determining employee pay. According to the America Online / Salary.com survey, employees are wasting around twice as much time as expected by their employers. Salary.com calculates that “Employers waste $759 billion per year paying for real work which was expected, but not performed.”
When you compare that loss even to the devastating damage done by Hurricane Sandy which is roughly estimated near 100 billion, it pales in comparison. But even more so individuals waste their own personal time. The average time spent watching TV each day is 2.8 hours. I don’t mean to imply that all TV is a waste of time, but the point I’m making is that how we determine to use our time will depend on our discipline, priorities and the primary focus of our life.
By properly managing our time, both at work and privately, productivity goes up 100% which actually gives more time to do the things which are most important to us, like spending more time with the family etc. For more information on this subject read my article on Time management: 7 Top Time Management Tips.
Discipline is completing each and every task in a preset time frame
I once owned a construction company; our primary business was building decks, porches and garages. I knew exactly how long it took to build each size deck and porch and garage and all the time saving shortcuts. When it took longer than expected to build something, I knew that somewhere some time was wasted.
Discipline doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to catch your breath from time to time; it means that you are smoothly and consistently moving forward and completing the task at hand.
Discipline is keeping body, soul and spirit, the three essentials of our existence, in balance.
Discipline is not burning the candle at both ends trying to get things done until your body is worn down and unable to function. The body requires a lot of attention to keep it in proper working order: Adequate sleep, proper nutrition, exercise, and avoiding habits that destroys health. How you treat your body is an important facet of whether you are a disciplined person or not.
You’re not successful even if you have the title and make the money if your body, soul and spirit are out of balance. We often hear of movie stars who are in rehab for drugs or emotional problems. Even though they may be rich and famous they are missing some essentials that denote successful living. And that is the key question concerning what defines success; whether it includes successful living or not, otherwise what may be deemed as success becomes worthless. The primary point of discipline is to ensure quality of living that brings everything in our life into balance.
The second of the trio the soul of man consists of mind, will and emotions. Each has a definite part in discipline. The mind is the control center for all decisions and the storage for information used to make decisions. Therefore, a clear and trained mind is essential for discipline that leads to success. The will controls our determination to forge ahead until we reach our desired goals. Our emotions can throw us off track and upset our plans or they can be under our control regardless of what is going on around us.
The spirit is the least understood; it is abstract and often lies dormant. Nevertheless, it is a very important part of the balance needed for discipline and successful living. Getting in tune with our spiritual side reinforces the strength of the body and soul. There are two ways of going about this: One way is secular which is normally through meditation. I’m not discounting the value that might bring, but I’m saying that there is a far better way.
God created man as a three part entity, body, soul and spirit. The body is the house in which the soul and spirit resides. The soul is our means of communicating with the world around us on a horizontal bases, using the mind will and emotions, while the spirit is our means of communicating with God on a vertical basis. Sin entered the human race and cut off our spiritual fellowship with God and our ability to communicate with God. Now in order to restore and maintain balance in our life we need to reconnect with God our creator. Learn how you can restore fellowship with God.
Discipline is the ability to stay focused and on course.
When discipline is missing there is a tendency to stray in all directions leaving loose ends and uncompleted tasks. Staying focused and on course is where discipline comes in. There is an often used cliché, “there are too many irons in the fire”. Some are able to multitask but focusing on one task at a time until it is completed and completed on time and in budget is true discipline at is best.
Discipline is always keeping commitments that we make with ourselves and others.
If you will make the decision to keep all commitments to yourself as well as to others you will be a unique person in today’s world. All of us have waited on someone to show up that never showed up and know how irritating it is to waste our time in that manner. I made a commitment to talk with someone recently and waited at the time they were supposed to call and gave it about 30 minutes extra and the call never came. Their excuse was that they got busy and didn’t have time to call. Since when is their rime more important than the 30 minutes I wasted waiting for them to call. I received a text to set up another time which I decided not to do.
Today you have to get a dozen commitments to get a couple that will keep the commitment. I decided a long time ago that I would not waste another’s life waiting on me because I failed to keep a commitment to them. Our time is a finite asset that cannot be replenished; therefore, failing to keep your commitments to others is stealing the most important asset they have, their time. I determined to do what I say I’ll do every time. There are of course times when we can’t carry through because of extenuating circumstances, but most of the time it is because of excuses that aren’t valid.
Discipline is determination to keep going when the going is hard
If success was easy there would be a lot more successful people, but because it’s difficult many will quit when the going is hard. Discipline is the determination to continue regardless of the circumstances. Even if ultimate failure does come, it still does not stop the disciplined person; they just find another way and keep right on going.
Discipline is being on time every time
I made a commitment to myself to always show up on time every time. Waiting on people who are always late is such a drag and waste of time. They may think it is fashionable, but they are wrong; it creates distrust and disgust.
Discipline is making the decision to carry through time after time until it becomes an automatic subconscious action. No one is undisciplined other than by choice. When you choose to discipline yourself and focus on each task you are choosing the two most important strategies for success.
(I’m sorry I had to put limitations on comments; there was an extreme amount of abuse. I want to hear your comments but I can afford to let it ruin my website.)
Jimmie Burroughs: Founder of Christian personal development.
About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who has been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. There are hundreds of articles to help you on this website, Website Contents , in your person growth. If I can help you personally, please send your concerns via: Contact me.
Website DIVISIONS (Over 600 articles to help you to grow in every facet of your life)
To subscribe to blog simply click on the RSS button on the left, and copy and paste the URL of our RSS feed into your RSS reader. ARTICLE INDEX _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ © 2011 Jimmie Burroughs. All rights reserved