Self-discipline feels like self-punishment.
It’s all about sacrificing what I want to do for what I have to do. British biologist Thomas Huxley once said, “It’s making myself do the thing I have to do, when it ought to be done, whether I like it or not.”
That doesn’t sound fun at all. But, self-discipline isn’t about convenience; it’s a commitment.
Honestly, it’s not all that difficult to make a commitment. We make countless ones a day. I commit to paying a bill. I commit eating healthier. I commit to driving the speed limit.
What’s difficult is keeping and managing that commitment. The real work begins after the commitment is made and the deadlines and demands start approaching.
Self-discipline is the price I pay to keep my commitment. Self-discipline is the action I take on a regular basis to follow through on a commitment. Self-discipline means because I said yes to something, I will have to say no to other things.
Maybe you’ve committed to read more, or lose some weight, or go to church consistently.