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2016 has been a year of life changes for our family.
It’s been a wonderful year where we can see God’s leading and guidance. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.
I do need to make some changes in my life though, so I have chosen the word SELF-DISCIPLINE (or “being disciplined this year”) to be my word for 2016.
When I say self-discipline, I am talking about:
- showing discipline and self-control in one’s actions
- training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
Here I found a good article about self-discipline:
No personal success, achievement, or goal, can be realized without self-discipline. It is singularly the most important attribute needed to achieve any type of personal excellence, athletic excellence, virtuosity in the arts, or otherwise outstanding performance.
What is self-discipline?
It is the ability to control one’s impulses, emotions, desires and behavior. It is being able to turn down immediate pleasure and instant gratification in favor of gaining the long-term satisfaction and fulfillment from achieving higher and more meaningful goals.
I also loved these quotes about self-discipline:
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first. Harry S. Truman
Rule your mind or it will rule you. Horace
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn
By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. Grenville Kleiser
There are more quotes about self-discipline HERE.
I need to be:
- Self-disciplined in my Bible reading and prayer life
- Self-disciplined my sleep habits
- Self-disciplined in exercising
- Self-disciplined in my free time
- Self-disciplined in my blogging
- Self-disciplined in doing my job as a mom — keeping my house clean and making food for my family being a primary concern
Here are my goals in trying to live out the word, “SELF-DISCIPLINE“:
Self-disciplined in my Bible reading and prayer life
Self-disciplined my sleep habits
Self-disciplined in exercising
Once again, I am going to aim to go to bed early and wake up early most nights. I’m hoping to bed around 10 p.m. so that I can wake up and exercise and read my Bible. I need to start exercising 3 times a week. I am now over 40; my metabolism has slowed down, and I have gained weight this past year. If I want to be a healthy mom for my 5 kids, I must take care of myself physically. Reading my Bible and having time with God is a non-negotiable. I have a reading plan already figured out — I need to just do it!
Self-disciplined in my free time
This past year, I got hooked on reading fiction books again. I love to read — I always have. In the past 12 years, I have not read much unless I am on vacation — until this year. I started reading books on my Kindle app, and I became addicted. I wait until bedtime to read “a little”, and then I don’t want to stop. So I’m going to have to cut it out again except as a rare treat as I need to sleep and I need to get more profitable things done with my time. I will make time to read Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss — a present to myself for Christmas. I don’t want to be a negative person, and I don’t want my kids to be unthankful or negative either. I want to model a life that is joyful and full of gratitude to others.
I also want to limit my “free-time” social media. Because of blogging, I cannot cut out social media. However, I will go on Facebook and scroll through my feed to see what is going on. Often I waste time doing this. I will try to limit my scrolling to a nightly check on my family and friends.
Self-disciplined in my blogging
I received for free a bunch of blogging books and blogging courses as I sold 5 bundles of the blogging bundle. I also have bought a couple of blogging courses that are highly recommended. However, they will do me no good if I don’t use them. I have tried other ways to supplement our income and I don’t enjoy them. I really only enjoy teaching and blogging. Partly because I only have limited time as I do a lot with our church and little school (and take care of the house and kids). I love that I can do blogging on my own schedule. But this year has not been as good as last year in my pageviews. Pinterest has changed; so I need to change things up.
Here are my goals in blogging for 2017:
- I want to spend at least 15 minutes a day just on blogging classes. I want to be disciplined in implementing what I learn too.
- Then I need to do more kids’ posts. I have ideas for this.
- I need to make my site more user-friendly.
- I need to use Pinterest more efficiently.
I am not going to do monthly blogging posts. I am the only one really reading them. I don’t know if I am going to do Holiday linky parties. I only have so much time, and those posts have little returns. I am going to do my Tasty Tuesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and my weekly Pinterest party. Plus I will try to get caught up with my monthly family posts. Any other posts will be sponsored posts and kid posts.
Self-disciplined in doing my job as a mom
I had 6 people over for Christmas dinner. As I washed the floors and dusted baseboards and more, I was so ashamed at how dirty our house had gotten. I am not being a good example of a how to keep a clean house, and I am not making my kids help in the way they should. So this year, I am going to make it a goal to actually use Motivated Moms Half-Sized Chore Planner.
I got the app last year, and I didn’t use it. Part of the reason was that my life was crazy. But I also am not tied to my phone. I am going to print out these half-sized sheets of paper, and use them to plan out my week on Sunday. Some of the cleaning suggestions I won’t do, but on the ones I do want to do, I am going to write out kids’ names besides each job. I will put a new one on the refrigerator each day so that they know what their chore for that day is. Now there should be no excuses that they didn’t know what to do and I will tell them that I am not going to hound them to do it. If they don’t do it, they won’t play the next day. I have let my kids become lazy. It is my job to train them to help. It also has a place for my menu for that day which I also will fill in on Sunday.
I am also hoping that this will keep me focused on keeping my house up daily so that it isn’t such a big chore when we have people over. (Which we are doing much more frequently.) And I am hoping that it won’t take me long since I already have a plan and won’t waste time thinking about what I should do.
I get to offer a giveaway for one of my readers to win a coupon for a free planner. I will send your contact information on to Susan from Motivated Moms and she will give you a coupon code you can use for a free planner. There are many you can choose from — weekly planners, daily planners, planners that have a Bible reading schedule included, planners that are color or black and white, full page planners or half-sized planners. You can go HERE to see all the planners that are available.