It takes 21 days to form a new habit - that's what we are told when we want to incorporate new behaviors in to our routine.
It takes no time to form a bad habit, but if it is something beneficial we have to work at it.
It takes time to unlearn bad behaviors.
What does it take to maintain a good habit? Discipline.
Discipline allows you to be repetitive for the long term.
Discipline says I'll do it even if I don't feel like it.
Discipline will get you through when the going gets tough.
Discipline produces a proven result; with discipline you have a guaranteed outcome.
Good habits without discipline is a set up for failure. Everyone needs discipline.
Discipline is training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character (Merriam-webster.com)
To acquire discipline:
- Have a desire
- Commit to certain steps
- Strive to be consistent
- Have an accountability partner
In my own life I have seen the benefits of self discipline. For example, I always wanted good grades in school therefore I took my school work seriously - this was easy as youngster but became more challenging in college. When I joined the track team in HS, I didn't realize the rewards I would reap. One of the best things that came out of my track life (besides medals) was a new appreciation for discipline and how to apply it to every aspect of my life. I took the lessons of discipline that I learned and applied it to my:
Spiritual life - I start every day with pray and devotions
Work life - when dealing with difficult situations I realized that I had with in me to persevere
Physical life - labor and delivery; pushing myself to keep a home running; not complaining about fatigue
Life in general - pressing on when we don't always know what lies ahead
The only way to maintain good habits is through discipline. BTW – you can always tell a person that lacks discipline as they have no self control.
Are you aware of your need for discipline? How do you exercise discipline in your life? Does this become easier as we get older?