Mental discipline can overcome much internal dysfunction

As humans, many of our problems are caused by an undisciplined mind. An undisciplined mind isn’t a place of freedom. It’s awash with unruly thoughts. To neglect to discipline your mind is to surrender it to chaos.

Happiness depends on mental discipline and mental discipline is like a muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets. Mental discipline involves learning to bring your thoughts, feelings, and desires under your control.

I believe my mind was designed to create inner peace and happiness. If it’s not, it’s because I’m letting it be undisciplined. Self-love, without mental discipline, is fake.

Mental disciple doesn’t just happen. It requires your active, ongoing focus and effort. We can try to numb our inner pain, or we can let it motivate us to focus on and work on mental discipline.

Developing mental discipline can overcome much of our internal dysfunction. It gives us the ability to resist and reject harmful thoughts. Mental discipline is essential to mental health. It gives us the ability to make our mind behave in healthy ways.

Harmful thought patterns need to be taken seriously. They tend to become habitual and to cause much pain and dysfunction.

Life-deforming ideas seldom lead to happiness. For instance, malice makes much misery but caring creates friendly, cheerful connections. An unhealthy, unstable society results from unhealthy, unstable individuals.

Too many people confuse how they think and behave, with who they are. We choose our thoughts and behaviors. They aren’t who we are.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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