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Discipline – Always Do Your Best

DISCIPLINE – ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

Discipline can be taught many ways, and is often confused with control of ones actions based in fear. Discipline is less about the control of the action and more about the control of the effort required for action or effort required to not do something. For example, it requires discipline to do your best to sit still, and not interrupt others.

I AM BETTER THAN YESTERDAY AND WILL BE BETTER TOMORROW

Like any skills such as these, kids learn them best through example. What they see consistently, they will often attempt to recreate. It can be difficult for us adults as well, especially busy parents. Making sure that we put our best effort into everything our kids see us do goes a long way when it comes to showing them the value of good quality action.

Discipline, more precisely self-discipline, means to “always do your best.”

It is the key to achieving your goals and doing well in life. Discipline is the key to building self-esteem. When you do your best, you feel great.

Self-esteem is the direct result of learning, practicing and applying discipline to everything you do. In order to have great self-discipline, you must do things with focus, efficiency and without having to be told.

This includes not putting things off we know would be best done now. One of the reasons discipline can help you feel better is due to being more productive with our time. The more productive we feel the more feel good hormones that are released into our brain.

For the Kids..

Always doing your best is way cool because you feel great when you do. When you feel great about yourself that is called self-esteem.

Whether you are doing your homework, cleaning your room, brushing your teeth, being kind to your brothers and sisters, respecting your parents, or eating ice cream on a hot summer day, you should always do your best. Even if it is not fun or to your liking.

If you always do your best, you will feel great and do a better job. In order to do your best, you have to be able to do it with focus, do it fast and do it without having to be told. If you can do all of these things, you’ll have the most awesome discipline.

For the Parents

Discipline is a key life-skill to having a quality life. If you teach it to your children, it will help develop their self-esteem. They will always feel great about themselves when they do their best.

Please understand no one is born with discipline.

Only through the practice of doing one’s best, does it become a habit. Always encourage and guide your children to do so, no matter how challenging things may be. There is a big difference between disciplining your children and teaching them self-discipline. Most would agree, that when asked what discipline means, they associate it with being punished, such as disciplinary action.

Self-discipline can only be learned when a child does their best without having to be told. Praise them when they do so and reward then accordingly. When they don’t do their best, offer them constructive criticism and make sure there are consequences in place as a result of their actions and choices. Discipline is a valuable life-skill because it teaches your child that in order to achieve their goals they must always do their best.

“Discipline begins with mastery of your thoughts, if you don’t control what you think, then you don’t control what you do.” – anon

“Discipline is giving yourself a command, and following it up with action.” – Bob Procter

Here are some great power phrases you can use for yourself as mantras, have your kids repeat excitedly, or use them as family motivators!

There are also some power questions to help kids understand discipline a little better!

DISCIPLINE POWER PHRASES & QUESTIONS

Always be looking to motivate with something new and trade around what you use. These are some common and powerful ways to bring kids around to showing their best.

Discipline Power Phrases:

I WILL DO MY BEST

I WILL BE MY BEST

I WILL THINK MY BEST

I WILL ACT MY BEST

I WILL BALANCE MY BEST

I WILL TRY MY BEST

I WILL PUSH AT MY BEST

I WILL RISE ABOVE

I’M A BEAST

I WILL MOVE MY BEST

I WILL MOVE MY FASTEST

I WILL BE LIKE LIGHTNING

I AM BETTER THAN YESTERDAY AND WILL BE BETTER TOMORROW

Discipline Power Questions:

What does Discipline mean? DO YOUR BEST SIR

If I walk to my spot like this (goofy slow walk) does that show discipline? NO SIR

If I run to do what I’m asked does that show discipline? YES SIR

If I start something but don’t finish does that show discipline? NO SIR

If I finish what I start and check that I did my best does that show discipline? YES SIR

Does it show discipline if I don’t do what needs done/what I’m asked? NO SIR

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