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  • Natalie Bristowe

Self-Love is Self-Discipline

What is Self-Love?

I would define true self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

What is Self-Discipline?

My definition of Self-Discipline would be your ability to consistently push yourself forward, to motivate yourself, take action and show up for yourself helping you to achieve your goals and progress towards becoming your best self.

As Will Smith so profoundly put it ‘self-discipline is the definition of self-love’ with self-discipline ‘You forgo immediate pleasure for the exchange of long term self respect’

Self-discipline often has negative connotations, and can often be seen as punishment. But if you shift the way you view this, and look at it through a lens of self-love, you will realise that this is the key ingredient towards living a happy and fulfilling life.

It is not always easy to enforce discipline, whether that is creating a habit of a workout routine, choosing healthy and nourishing foods over unhealthy options, going to sleep earlier, meditation, gratitude practice any type of learning. These are all things that we know makes us feel better, we know these will have a positive impact on our lives, yet it takes work to keep motivated and committed, and at time feels incredibly testing.

But by looking at it in a way which is like ‘I love myself SO much that I am going to wake up early, watch the sunrise and do a strength workout even though I really want a lie in right now. Because I know that this is going to make me feel better, more energised and will set my day up for success. I am doing this because I love myself so much, I am going to show up like I promised myself I would. I am not going to give up on myself or let myself down’

Wow. Even writing that felt empowering.

Having said this, I think it is also important to reiterate here that when I refer to ‘discipline’ this also involves being disciplined with rest days, getting enough sleep, talking kindly to yourself. These are all integral to self-love, and need commitment in order to reap the benefits.

In order for change to happen, you need to change something. And this will inevitably require discipline. Possibly replacing an old habit, with a new and empowering one. But this doesn’t just happen over night, so what is the first step you can take towards this? Something that feels both achievable and inspiring… start now, show up, love yourself and jump in the drivers seat of your life. Anything you do, do with intention, grounding yourself in the WHY, and knowing that it will be worth it.

If you would like to hear more about working with me and how I can help you transform your mindset into one of self-love and empowerment, book your FREE DISCOVERY CALL today! I would love to help.

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