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Self Discipline For Spiritual Success


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Self Discipline For Spiritual Success

  1. 1. Self Discipline for Spiritual Success Gita Coaching
  2. 2. Areas of Self Discipline  Sadhana  Service  Relationships  Life management  Finances  Self renewal  Any other?
  3. 3. Importance of Self Discipline
  4. 4. Srila Prabhupada  Self-discipline means not to identify with this body.  Obedience is the first law of discipline. If there is no obedience, there cannot be any discipline.  Disciple means one who follows discipline.
  5. 5. Srila Prabhupada  The constitutional position of a living entity, represented by Arjuna, is that he has to act according to the order of the Supreme Lord. He is meant for self-discipline.
  6. 6. Srila Prabhupada  The brahmacari … under strict observance of discipline comes to understand the values of life along with taking specific training for a livelihood.
  7. 7. Srila Prabhupada  Without being self-controlled, without being disciplined and without being fully obedient, no one can become successful in following the instructions of the spiritual master, and without doing so, no one is able to go back to Godhead.
  8. 8. Challenges
  9. 9. Challenges  Not understanding why  Not being convinced it’s beneficial  Laziness  Lack of motivation  Lack of determination  Comfort zone  Any other?
  10. 10. Whether you feel like it!  Discipline yourself to do what you know you need to do in order to be the very best devotee.  Definition: "Self discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not."
  11. 11. Force yourself!  It is easy to do something when you feel like it. It's when you don't feel like it and you force yourself to do it anyway that you move your life and service onto the fast track.  Get out of the comfort zone!
  12. 12. Decisions?!  What decisions do you need to make today in order to start moving forward in your spiritual life?  Whatever it is, either to get in or get out, make a decision today and get started.  This single act alone can change the whole direction of your life.
  13. 13. Seven Steps to Self Discipline
  14. 14. Seven Steps to Self Discipline  1. Decide What You Want Decide exactly what it is you want in each part of your life. Become a "meaningful specific" rather than a "wandering generality."
  15. 15. Seven Steps to Self Discipline  2. Write It Down Write it down, clearly and in detail. Always think on paper. A goal that is not written is merely a wish and it has no energy behind it.
  16. 16. Seven Steps to Self Discipline  3. Set A Deadline Set a deadline for your goal. A deadline acts as a "forcing system" in your subconscious mind. It motivates you to do the things necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal, set sub-deadlines as well. Don't leave this to chance!
  17. 17. Seven Steps to Self Discipline  4. Make A List Make a list of everything that you can do to achieve your goal. Write down all the tasks and activities until your list is complete.
  18. 18. Seven Steps to Self Discipline  5. Organize Your List Organize your list into a plan. Decide what you will have to do first and what you will have to do second. Decide what is more important and what is less important. And then write your plan on paper, the same way you would develop a blueprint to do your dream service for Krsna.
  19. 19. Seven Steps to Self Discipline  6. Take Massive Action Intelligently Think about what is the best way to take vigorous action on your plan. Then do something. Do anything, but get busy. Get going - intelligently! Use your intelligence and energy most effectively and efficiently.
  20. 20. Seven Steps to Self Discipline  7. Do Something Every Day Do something every single day that moves you in the direction of your most important goal at the moment. Develop the discipline of doing something 365 days each year that will move you forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you will accomplish when you utilize this formula in your life every single day.
  21. 21. Benefits
  22. 22. Benefits of Self Discipline  Following Prabhupada’s instructions  Purification  Focus  Peacefulness  Surrender  Inspiration  Any other?
  23. 23. Personal Action Plan
  24. 24. Personal Action Plan  What one thing, if you would do superbly well every day, will have a greatest positive impact on your life?
  25. 25. Personal Action Plan  Commitment and skill on a scale of 1 to 10.
  26. 26. Personal Action Plan  SMART goal with specific reporting time regarding your action point(s).
  27. 27. SMART Goal  Specific - clearly defined  Measurable - tangible, quantifiable  Attractive - inspiring  Realistic - within your capacity/influence  Time-bound - has a deadline
  28. 28. SMART Goal  Write it down  Read it daily  Do something every day  Report
  29. 29. Take action!  First, decide exactly what you want, write it down with a deadline, make a plan and take action - on at least one slef discipline goal - today!  Second, determine the price you will have to pay to achieve this goal and then get busy paying that price - whatever it is.  Pray to Krsna for the ability.
  30. 30. Bhagavad-gita 7.8 I am … the ability in man.
  31. 31. Thank you kindly! Gita Coaching