The Disciplined Life (Ebook Short)
When we talk about chronic sleep deprivation, the type that affects many individuals, things get even worse. The lack of sleep has a great impact on our immune system. Stay away from too many toxins throughout the day such as alcohol, cigarettes, or prescription medicine, if it can be avoided. Overall, the benefits of getting enough sleep are far-reaching. Aside from helping you to be more disciplined, it will improve your memory, curb inflammation and pain, lower stress, spur your creativity, improve your grades, sharpen your attention, help you avoid depression, and limit your chances for accidents.
Exercise is a keystone habit. It acts as a cornerstone to a life filled with good and positive habits and free from bad habits. Want to know how you can truly discipline yourself? Instill the keystone habit of exercise into your morning routine.
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But, then again, many people extoll the great benefits of exercise. Yet, not everyone makes exercise a priority in their lives.
So why not? By instilling the keystone habit of exercise, not only can you become more disciplined, but you can improve your life in a number of ways. First, exercise reduces your levels of stress and pain by releasing endorphins and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
And, of course, exercise increases our ability to focus on the task at hand, allowing us to lead a more disciplined life. To instill the habit of exercise in your life, start small. Begin by walking around the block for 5 minutes in the morning.
Just 5 minutes. Do that for one week.
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Then, increase it to 10 minutes and do that for a week. And continue with this pattern. Eventually, exercise will become a full-blown habit.
To be self-disciplined and achieve our goals, we need to be organized. Organization is a habit that needs to be wholly embodied, not only in your professional life, but also in your personal life. This includes organizing the items in your home and office along with the items in your mind.
An organized life is a disciplined life. Start small if you label yourself as completely scattered. Begin by organizing one small space each day. For example, start by organizing your desk drawer. The next day, move onto organizing your medicine cabinet in your bathroom. And so on. Like all the other habits, the habit of organization can be slowly built up over time. It requires some effort and attention, yes, but it will pay off enormously in the long run. When the physical space around you is organized, your mind becomes more relaxed, stress free, and able to focus.
In turn, you can be more self-disciplined when your life is more organized. This includes keeping lists along with organizing your drawers. Without the habit of time management, it would be virtually impossible for me to get anything done. When we can properly manage our time, we have room for the stuff that matters. Namely, we have room for the activities that will help us achieve our goals. In order to achieve our long-term goals, we have to perform actions that might not be urgent, but are most certainly important.
In time management, they call this the Not Urgent but Important quadrant of activities, also known as Quadrant 2.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 06, Jim rated it liked it. Thoughtful presentation of how to deny self daily.
He emphasizes finding fulfillment in relationship with Christ over focusing on bad habits to quit. Aug 08, Brad rated it really liked it. Quick read worthy of further thought. Miller is an imaginative writer who knows how to turn a phrase. He's also a insightful thinker when it comes to issues surrounding spiritual formation. Both strengths of Miller are put in play here.
In this brief ebook he addresses common human struggles regarding our appetites which lef Quick read worthy of further thought. In this brief ebook he addresses common human struggles regarding our appetites which left unchecked ironically lead to emptiness and addiction , materialism, and the use or better, over-use of time. Each section provided fresh perspective on these well worn seats of struggle, but the first section was most helpful personally.
After a well-played use of sustained sarcasm against a shallow view of "Christian" self-denial that focuses more on the no's of grace rather than the yes's, Miller concludes instead: "We need to quit quitting. Those who focus on Christ rarely have to quit anything, because their desire for union with Christ prohibits them from starting anything they might later want to quit. In parting, the ebook's title may be misleading. True, the book does deal with self-denial but most works on a disciplined life cover broader or different topics than this.
Perhaps this was intentional to draw readers.