Powerful Words Teens & Adults – Discipline W1

The Powerful Word of the Month this month is “discipline.” Discipline means “making yourself do what’s right, fair and necessary even when you don’t feel like it.” As teens and adults, people aren’t always overseeing what we’re doing. We need to make ourselves follow the rules and laws. We need to make ourselves work hard and live up to our potential. We need to make ourselves do the right thing even when nobody’s looking. Most of the time, we’re the only one who will know if we’re working our hardest or we’re slacking off on work and important projects. So does it really matter? Yes. As coach and motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, says; “Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results.” A little discipline goes a long way.

Week 1: This week, we’re talking about what it means to be disciplined and what discipline has to do with rules. We must start with rules and laws when it comes to discipline. Writer and inventor, Benjamin Franklin, once said; “He that cannot obey, cannot command.” There are two kinds of rules we’re talking about here– there are the rules and laws set out by society and there are the self-rules or what we’re calling “I-Rules” that govern us independent of laws. “I-Rules” tell us if we’re going to work hard or slack off and if we’re going to work on our homework/pay bills or we’re going to play on FaceBook. Nobody would know the difference but you, right? How can you ensure that you are adhering to your own rules of discipline even when nobody’s around to correct you? What are your “I-Rules?” This week, your Powerful Thought Assignment is to rate yourself from 1 to 10 on your tendency to show discipline even when nobody’s watching. Do you do what’s right, fair, and necessary even when you don’t feel like it?