When we concern ourselves with ourselves, by this I mean concerning ourselves with our way of thinking and our internal reactions before they affect others, we find the route to self-acceptance and self-growth. We learn we can defeat the poor me’s and find ways to overcome those bouts of feeling sorry for ourselves that seem to appear for no reason. By looking inside ourselves, we find that those bouts of poor me appear for a reason and are caused by our programmed negative thinking that we buried like land mines in our mind. Those thoughts that are triggered by seemingly benign happenings, but erode our self-worth just the same. Like a mine sweeper we must diligently find these buried thoughts and remove them. Replacing them with more uplifting self talk.
When we concern ourselves with ourselves we can awaken from within potentials that we had no idea existed within us. One of those potentials that seem to appear from nowhere is self-discipline. We seem to ease into self-discipline, one day it just seems to appear. The reality is, because of small consistent actions, we find that we are disciplining ourselves. It is these little and hardly noticed actions that one by one build self-discipline within ourselves.
We eased into self-discipline when we took our meds as prescribed on day two and then day three and kept on taking them.
We eased into self-disciple when we made and kept our appointments.
We eased into self-discipline we put that “Oh-so-wanted” item back on the shelf and saved up the money to pay cash for it.
We eased into self-discipline when we realized we had done our daily readings, or daily meditations for a year and never missed a day.
We eased into self-discipline when we realized that our self-talk had transformed from the voice of a nasty, abusive parent to the voice of a trusted friend.
We eased into self-discipline when we maintained a healthy sleeping and eating pattern into the second week and beyond.
We ease into self-discipline when we start a simple exercise program and find in a year we are still doing it.
It takes discipline and commitment to do and change all those things. But we can ease into becoming disciplined and build on each accomplishment. If we just do every day what we are supposed to do, with no long term vision or thoughts about the actions we are taking. We ease into being that self-disciplined person. We find we have become the person who has awakened potentials within ourselves. We did not plan it; it just seems to happen.
Our battle is with our minds, not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Remember our battle will always be with our minds and our minds alone.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work harder on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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