A Better Life Through Sacrifice: How Your Faith Can Help You Focus On Self-Discipline

By Caleb Anderson | Faith

Mar 12

A Better Life Through Sacrifice: How Your Faith Can Help You Focus On Self-Discipline

Having a strong sense of self discipline can help in many different aspects of life, from diet and exercise to learning how to find and sustain healthy relationships. Studies have shown that people who practice self discipline are more goal-oriented and less impulsive when it comes to making important decisions, and these are important qualities to have as a young person in today’s world. Staying true to your faith can prove to be an integral part of these decision-making skills, and it’s important to learn how to focus on what you want in life as well as how to weave your faith with your ability to accomplish your goals.

Here are some of the best tips on how to do just that.

Practice self-care

Learning how to make yourself happy is a big part of making good decisions. This can be something as simple as taking a long, hot bath at the end of the day or as big as setting goals for your career. Self-care can mean many things, but in the end it comes down to finding out what makes you relaxed, anxiety-free, and ready to take on the world.

Get rid of those temptations

Learning self-discipline can be difficult when it comes to getting rid of bad habits, such as smoking, eating junk food, or staying in an unhealthy relationship. One of the best ways to ensure your success is to get rid of any temptations, whether that means learning to shop better, throwing away that pack of smokes, or spending time with people who lift you up rather than the ones who keep you down. You know yourself better than anyone, so it’s important for you to take the initiative when it comes to removing harmful things from your life. Making small sacrifices means you can focus on what matters most.

Gather a circle of support

It’s hard to go through just about anything all alone, so gather a circle of support within the church for when times get especially tough. Call on your friends and loved ones when you start to feel like you can’t discipline yourself, or designate a close friend or family member to be your motivator. You might even talk to a counselor or mentor at church who can help you stay goal-oriented.

Get healthy

Self-control is linked to your mood, your ability to perform well at work and school, and your physical well-being. Take control of your mind, body, and soul by taking care of yourself and your home environment in every way. Eat a well-balanced diet, exercise daily, and limit alcohol intake. Take breaks when you feel yourself start to get tired; refraining from overworking yourself is just as important as exercise is. Keep healthy snacks handy and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Make some changes

It may be difficult at first, but it’s important to change your routine when you’re trying to break bad habits. Staying stuck in the same patterns means you’ll want to continue your behavior, so bust out of it by making some changes to your everyday life. This can be something as simple as taking a different route to work, as long as it takes you outside of your normal routine and helps you focus on breaking out of something that’s bad for you.

About the Author

RecoveryHope.org was started by Caleb and Molly Anderson. After Caleb was admitted to treatment for opiate addiction, Molly made it her mission to learn more about how to help him fight his battles and support him in his recovery. Together they now help other couples and individuals by providing research and resources regarding the many challenges of overcoming drug and alcohol addictions.