The Need for Self Discipline
- Do you shower/bathe every day?
- How often do you read?
- Do you get up at the same time every morning? Including weekends?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have any addictions (caffeine, nicotine, sugar, etc.) you’d like to break but haven’t?
- Is your bedroom neat and well organized?
- How many times would someone have to ask you to do something, before you do it?
- Is your home neat and well organized?
- How much time do you waste in a typical day? On a weekend?
- If you make a promise to someone, what’s the percentage chance you’ll keep it?
- If you make a promise to yourself, what’s the percentage chance you’ll keep it?
- Could you fast for one day?
- How well organized is your computer’s desktop?
- How often do you exercise?
- How many hours of focused work do you complete in a typical workday?
- Do you have a to do list?
- Do you have your goals written down? If so, how well have you kept them? If not, why?
- Do you have objectives or bench marks written down to help you accomplish your goals? If not, why?
- If you lost your job, how much time would you spend each day looking for a new one, and how long would you maintain that level of effort?
- How much TV do you currently watch? Could you give up TV for 30 days?
- Are you a gamer? Could you stop being a gamer?
- How do you look right now? What does your appearance say about your level of discipline (clothes, grooming, weight, etc)?
- Do you primarily select foods to eat based on health considerations or on taste?
- When was the last time you consciously adopted a positive new habit? Discontinued a bad habit?
- Are you in debt? Do you consider this debt an investment or a mistake?
- Can you tell me what you’ll be doing tomorrow? Next weekend? Next year?
- On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your overall level of self-discipline, 10 being the best?
Identify the areas that need improving. Realize that these areas indeed need improving. Write down goals to fix these problem areas. Write down objectives to help reach your goals - and stick with them until your task is completed. For example, being overweight is largely a discipline problem. Sure there are medical reasons for some, but for most it's a good ol' fashion case of lack of discipline. It's a direct indictment on what we choose to eat and our lack of exercise.We as black men need self discipline to maintain our health, obtain our wealth, and maintain our families and our communities.