In my last post, I mentioned discipline as an important foundation to heal with the mind. I provided an exercise which I suggested should be done for a minimum of a week to notice the changes.
Discipline, Thoughts, and Will-power
The reason why discipline is important is that it allows you to exercise control over the mind. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Often times, if you make a schedule for one area of life, the rest of the things will automatically find their schedules around it. When that happens, it frees up your “decision making” part of the brain to do other things. This includes monitoring your thoughts and replacing the negative with the positive immediately. When one takes the effort to constantly monitor their thoughts, it directly affects the quality of choices one makes. A negative mindset will be afraid to try new things, whereas a positive mindset wouldn’t be as close to trying it out.
If we choose to work from the thoughts -> feelings -> behavior -> perceptions -> lifestyle, it takes a longer time frame with uncertain results. So when we approach lifestyle -> thoughts, everything in between gets adjusted. The behaviors are taken care of by the lifestyle and the feelings and perceptions by thoughts.
It is also important to know that habits are changed by immense will-power. And self-knowledge is the best to know how much you can change for yourself without being drained out of will-power.
Exercises for after 1 week of the “discipline exercise”:
- Monitor your thoughts. Intervene and change the negative thoughts to positive immediately. Try this out for a week along with the discipline you have enforced into your life.
- After these exercises are completed, ask yourself to rate your will-power from a scale of 1-10. 10 being the highest. This will let you know whether you need to change a few things (such as deciding on what routine you want to discipline in your life). Whatever routine you choose, the will power should preferably not be less than 5. The lower the will power towards this exercise, the relatively harder it will be to keep up with the new lifestyle.
If you have chosen to opt for these exercises, I would love to hear from you!