This week I’ve been writing about godliness. Yesterday we discussed the key to godliness is discipline. To further follow up on that idea, today’s list, adapted and condensed from John MacArthur’s book, “The Pillars of Christian Character” offers some practical tips on developing discipline.
The list deserves greater attention and explanation than merely listing these points. However, we will leave it to you, the reader, to reflect on and apply these important points.
10 TIPS FOR DEVELOPING SELF DISCIPLINE
#1 Start with small things. The little things in life can add up to big things. Starting small gets you started.
#2 Get yourself organized. Disorganization is an enemy of self discipline. Make a schedule. Have a to do list.
#3 Don’t constantly seek to be entertained. When you have some free time, do something productive. Read a book. Take a walk. Engage in meaningful conversation.
#4 Be on time. Punctuality is the mark of an organized, self-discipled life.
#5 Keep your word. When you make a commitment, see it through. Do what you promise to do.
#6 Do the most difficult things first. It’s tempting to tackle easy tasks first. All leadership experts and time management consultants recommend doing the difficult first.
#7 Finish what you start. It’s easy to give up and quit. Don’t.
#8 Accept correction. Gladly listen to those who love you and offer guidance.
#9 Practice self-denial. Learn to say “no” to your feelings. At times deny yourself legitimate pressures to strengthen your resolve.
#10 Welcome responsibility. Don’t shirk your duty. Go above and beyond. Volunteer.
Finally, this bonus thought. “Self discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman