Without self-discipline the day becomes chaos. We live it in the way we thought adults spent their days when we were kids. We figured that they drove around whenever they wanted to and ate candy all the time because there was no one to tell them no. We thought grown-ups got to spend money on whatever they wanted.
As older adults, we realize we can’t live that way.
We need a certain measure of control in our lives to truly be happy. In reality, we need the self-discipline to maintain a calm lifestyle that affords us freedom from continual chaos. As we get older that self-control becomes even more important. Sadly as we age the younger generation listen and watch what we say and do in a much more critical way. Grandkids are more accepting, but just like all children as they get older they are also less likely or interested in what our lives are like.
Consider the current Corona Virus and the safety measures being promoted. Many younger people feel immune to its severity and less concerned about how their lack of adhering to rules might affect older adults. This evidence is what makes it even more important for people in the later phases of life to manage themselves and to have more self-disciple in their own defence.
To be fair this image is NOT representative of the majority of young people, but it is the ones it does that are the very people who make it imperative that WE develop our own standard of self-discipline.
Here’s why self-discipline is so important:
1. Self-discipline builds habits can be carried forward to a different lifestyle no matter what your age. Habits are how we form positive change in our lives. So, it follows that without self-discipline you’ll never be able to accomplish the change you need as you get older. The changes we face we are getting older don’t mean that our whole world is changing and will less enjoyable. But life will change and it is our self-disciple is what will make it a welcome change.
2. Self-Discipline is what takes items off the to-do list. When you have self-discipline, you’re more engaged. You become someone who knows what needs to be done and does it. That’s pretty impressive.
3. Self-Discipline allows you the ability to home in on what’s important. With so many things vying for your attention in life, it’s good to have something that puts the focus back into your day. Sometimes it’s all you can do to figure out what to do next. That’s what makes self-discipline so nice. It takes out the guesswork and sets your feet firmly on the path to where you wanted to go in the first place.
4. Self-Discipline helps you to not only feel good about yourself, but you also find yourself less stressed and more at ease because of it. When you embrace self-discipline, you find you accomplish more, impacting your mental health in positive ways. You feel better about yourself. Also, that sense of accomplishment means you throw yourself back into doing the things you know are important and confident in the choices you make.
5. Self-discipline changes who you are for the better. Through self-discipline, you become a master at what you do. You discover the best version of yourself and then hone that further until you have far surpassed your wildest expectations. You grow and change and become in ways you never thought possible.
We’re not kids anymore.
Now that we’ve grown up (most of us anyway), we’ve learned not only why self-discipline is important, but how to embrace it and make it a daily part of our life. Seeing all these benefits, how could you not want that? It’s time to realize that it’s through self-discipline that we finally find true freedom. Getting older also makes us aware that of how we want to live the rest of our life and that to ensure we do will require self-discipline. We also remember the old adage “if it’s to be it’s up to me” and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure we are able to live on our terms.