97. How To Attain Virtue Through Discipline

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

Marcus Aurelius


The 7 deadly sins: Pride, Envy. Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, Sloth

Cardinal virtues and Theological Virtues:

Four cardinal virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude, justice

Three theological virtues: faith, hope, charity

Discipline your mind

There are two ways of discipline in your mind. One is by learning, and the other is figuring out how to control your thoughts more effectively. I find that it’s best if these two things are done together. As you learn more, especially if you are learning about what is good, you’ll be there to focus your mind on better things. While you’re doing that, you should find ways to push bad thoughts out of your mind and hone in on good thoughts.

Discipline your actions

Now, it’s time to put your learning to work. You have to begin acting out what is good and learning how to do it better. You have to find a way to discipline yourself in all areas of your life: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. For men, it’s often easiest to start with the physical because that actually begins to wire your body the right way to take on other challenges.

Discipline your schedule

Once you begin to act out positive things, it’s time to find a way to do them more regularly. Finding time early in the morning or late at night depending on what kind of person you are to read, work out, and grow spiritually is important.

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