One of the biggest skills to master on your weight-loss program is self-discipline. It is the ability to persevere in a course of action in spite of how you feel. It’s the ability to consistently do something in spite of challenges, obstacles or challenges. If you want to be more disciplined with your weight-loss program then you will have to change your perspective and mindset about what self-discipline is and is not.
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
Most of us struggle with self-discipline because we think it’s too hard and we wish it could be easier, but when we can gain a biblical understanding of the importance of self-discipline the journey will not be such a battle.
Here are three principles to understand about self-discipline.
- Avoiding self-discipline is what is making your life so difficult and hard.
- Learning to exercising self-discipline will make your life great.
- Self-discipline will become easier in God’s strength and not your own.
1. Principle #1 – Avoiding self-discipline is what is making your life so difficult and hard.
We don’t practice self-discipline because it’s easier to satisfy our immediate needs and wants than it is to delay gratification to get what we want. Unfortunately, because we choose to satisfy our immediate needs is why life is so hard and we are so unhappy. Life is hard because doing the wrong things are easy and doing the necessary things take more effort. But it’s the easy things that frustrate us and make life difficult in the long run.
- Not taking action is easy
- Cutting corners is easy
- Doing our own thing is easy
- Quitting is easy
- Giving in to distractions is easy
- Letting your emotions control you is easy
- Doing what you ‘feel’ like is easy
- Living without boundaries or constraint is easy
From a health perspective:
- Eating junk food is easy
- Laying on the couch instead of exercising is easy
- Remaining addicted to sugar is easy
- Watching countless hours of TV is easy
- Allowing every negative thought to come into your mind is easy
The easy road that you want will only lead to your destruction. The Bible says: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. Matthew 7:13.
2. Principle #2 – Learning to exercise self-discipline will make your life great.
Life seems hard because of the perceived fear/pain associated with disciplining ourselves, but learning how to exercise constraint and self-control is what will make our lives great in the long run.
- Waking up early to pray instead of sleeping in
- Going to church instead of using the time in other ways
- Giving beyond what is comfortable
- Refusing to eat unhealthy foods
- Refusing to settle for mediocrity
- Refusing to blame others
- Refusing to make excuses
- Refusing to procrastinate
- Stepping out of your comfort zone
- Refusing to quit after a setback
- Giving something 100% effort
- Acting in spite of fear
- Ignoring what other people think or say about you
- Choosing to listen to God’s voice over all others
- Serving others instead of focusing on yourself, or on the contrary, serving others so you don’t have to look internally at yourself
When we can understand that self-discipline is necessary for our growth and maturity, then we can start to embrace it instead of always running from it. Trials are what make us stronger.
The Bible says: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
3. Principle #3 – Self-discipline will become easier when you do it in God’s strength.
One lady in our Breakthrough program struggled for the 80% of the program. Just before the program was over, she received a powerful word from the Lord that changed everything. After so much struggle, she can’t believe how easy the journey has become. She is consistently releasing weight each week and most of all, not fighting against herself and sabotaging her own success. Why? She stopped trying to do it all on her own and learned how to turn the reins over to God.
Trying to lose weight, or any other stumbling block on our own, is a recipe for failure in the life of a believer. Learning to surrender your journey to God will make all the difference. God will do all our heavy lifting for us if we allow Him.
The Bible says: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Are you also frustrated with how difficult losing weight can be? Do you struggle with self-discipline? Imagine the feeling of rest and peace while losing weight. It may sound too good to be true but it’s possible!
I’m so excited to share something with you that we’ve been working on for the last year and a half that I know will help you as it has already helped so many women. Look out for our Breakthrough program coming July 4th!
Are you ready for your BREAKTHROUGH?
Get ready! It’s on it’s way.