Energy and The Daily 7

Self-discipline is self-caring.

— M. Scott Peck —

What is self-discipline?

For me, it is a daily process that includes these seven key action steps:

  1. I review my schedule for the next day before going to bed.
  2. I go to bed early.
  3. I get up early.
  4. Upon arising, I prepare for the new day while spending quality time with my Maker.
  5. I eat right.
  6. I exercise.
  7. I read something that lifts my spirit.

Notice they all begin with “I.”

My self-discipline is all on me.

Do I do them with perfection all of the time? Nope.

Do I try? Yep.

It would be easy to look at my list and think, “I don’t have the time.”

Let’s take a closer look:

  • Early to bed and early to rise do not take any time from you. But both practices will give time back to you.
  • Quality preparation for your day with your Maker doesn’t take much time, but it does take some structure. Below is a simple ten-minute day prepping routine.
    • Review your schedule for the day…if you have a cell phone, use the calendar…if not, write it on an index card.
    • Turn the schedule and the outcomes of it over to Him.
    • Thank Him for three things.
    • Pray this prayer; “God, I offer myself to you–to build with me and to do with me as you want. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Your will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Your Power, Your Love, and Your Way of Life. Help me do Your will always!” Amen. (My version of the 3rd Step Prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous)
  • The best way to eat right is to have your “menu” for the day in your head before the day starts. If this is an area you struggle with, I suggest including your meals in your daily schedule.
  • If you think that you don’t have time to exercise, take an inventory of your “sloth time.” Substitute your sloth time with exercise.
  • The task of reading uplifting material has been simplified immensely through the Audible app and Podcasts. While driving and exercising, I’m usually dialed into a book or a podcast that lifts me.

Self-discipline certainly is self-caring.

Does your life reflect that of someone who cares about him or herself?

If not, give the “Daily 7” a try.

Better yet, ask Him as often as you need to give you help in accomplishing the “Daily 7.”

Hebrews 12:11, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”


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