Developing Self-Discipline – My Personal Journey



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It’s confession time. I am horribly undisciplined. At least, I used to be. I guess now I would say I am a work in progress, but I used to resist certain disciplines like the plague. It’s not that I didn’t see the value in being self-disciplined. I understood that. It’s that I felt being too organized and structured would take away from creativity and my natural free-spirit personality. Well, I was wrong. From my own personal experience I have found practicing self-disciplined in all areas of my life is FREEING.

When I was a girl I was much like my youngest daughter. This blog is filled with photos of her adventurous spirit. She has the most vivid imagination and can entertain herself for hours with it. When I watch her, I’m watching from an adults perspective the child I used to be. I shared a little bit about my imagination in my journaling post. Imagination and creativity were my friends growing up. I remember that butterflies-in-my-stomach feeling when I knew I was going to get a long stretch of “imagination time”.  I realize now, taking time for imagination was a welcomed discipline I was developing on my own.

I don’t see self-discipline as a plague anymore. I welcome it. Finally, after 21 years of marriage,  20 years of motherhood, 15 years of homeschooling and 3 years of homesteading I’m learning being disciplined is key to living a productive life. I know, it took my a long time to come to this realization but I’m hear now and I’m loving it.

I love the freedom I have to do things I never thought I would have time or energy to do.  I love seeing goals accomplished faster and dreams seem more obtainable. Creativity and imagination are still my friends but discipline is my new best friend. Discipline has taught me that I can have the quiet time with my Heavenly Father, alone time with my husband (still working on this one 🙂 ) and special mother and child talks and moments. Discipline has taught me how to improve my health through diet and exercise,  which in turn gives me more energy. Keeping house is more consistent and homeschooling is more relaxing.  This new friend has even shown me that creativity and imagination are welcome. In fact, there is more time for them in my life now.

I am learning that if I discipline myself to take time for imagination and creativity, they  flow easier. It’s like my mind knows it’s coming and puts those creative and imaginative thoughts in the waiting room until discipline says it’s time for them to play. Oh, and do they play. Sometimes too much and discipline must step in and corral those thoughts until the next play date.

I am still in the work in progress stage. I still get a tight and nauseous stomach when I think about meal planning and budgeting. But, discipline keeps whispering to me, ” You will find freedom,  if you trust me”. Then I read God’s word and find that I should indeed trust self- discipline because He gave it to me .

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

2 Timothy 1:7



6 Responses to “Developing Self-Discipline – My Personal Journey”

  • Jackie:

    I just love what you wrote! It’s so true, discipline does allow for greater creativity. In my own life, a practical example of this would be being able to find the craft items I want to work with because I had the discipline to put them away last time I used them!
    And I really do love that scripture. It gives such meaning to a Christian’s walk and the power to overcome obstacles.

  • Mona:

    Thanks for the encouraging words Jackie

  • Emilie Ann Allen:

    That was an awesome blog, Mona. Apparently just what I needed to stumble upon. I am dealing with the same lack of disciple in my life as I wish to continue different projects and find I am not prepared to focus on the finishing those projects. So my day gets jumbled and nothing finished. To fine tune my schedule to make time for those times to edit the novel sitting in my computer; writing that new story that is in bits and pieces floating in my memory bank; monitoring my new garden at my daughters; finishing my volunteer hours with Master Garden; working on my names list for a new venture on network marketing. My working hours for a paycheck over rides all other wants and desires. Being semi-retired, my life is still busier than ever. I finally concluded I am a work alcoholic. I seem to want to do it all and think I can. Then find out I really can’t causing disappointment in not finishing what I really wanted to do. So self-discipline is a must for me at this time of my life. Better late than never. Adding the Lord into my mornings will give me direction to my mismanaged day. Using my time wisely as I am now searching my heart as to what needs to be changes. I am trusting in His guidance. Something has to go if I am to feel in control of my “life”. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Knowing you are seeing progress is hope for one who has been at this twice as long as you, married 43 yr, mother of 5, gma of 11 and self employed for most of those years. Walking with the Lord most of that time, He has seen me through many disappointments, struggled with instability, uprooted continuously, unstable marriage but trusting His hand was always in control of my future. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings……God’s blessing on you, Mona! In Christ, Emilie Ann

  • Mona:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. I am toying with the idea of writing a book and found an inspiration in a few little words author Shauna Niequist in her book, Cold Tangerines.

    “Writing is about choosing on a narrow thing and following it as far as it will take me, instead of chasing all the snaps and cracks in my head.”

    I feel that’s true of a lot of disciplines. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Amanda:

    This very inspiring to me. I have grown up hating discipline because I’ve always felt like it would squash me and take away from me and make me miserable. Yet, I find I am miserable and lacking without it. This is a quality I know I need to cultivate, thank you for sharing and putting it in such an attractive light.

  • Mona:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it Amanda. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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