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Self-Mastery

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ˆ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค?
In recent months, I have enjoyed too many Dutch desserts (toetjes).
Subsequently, my waistline has expanded a little, by 5 kiloโ€™s or 11 pounds.
Yesterday, Iโ€™d eaten healthily and had some exercise too โ€“ I was pleased with my progress.
By 8.00pm, my thinking had slowed down, I was starting to relax.
Then it happened!
๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’…๐’Š๐’… ๐‘ฐ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฐ ๐’…๐’Š๐’…๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’Œ?
I had a craving for something sweet!!!
Do you know that feeling?
I walked in and out of the kitchen a few times.
Iโ€™d already had a few pieces of fruit through the day, blueberries, an apple, an orangeโ€ฆ.
Some raisins perhaps?
Iโ€™d had enough fruit.
Then I spotted a chocolate Toblerone bar.
I walked back out of the kitchen.
Luckily Monic was there.
I confessed my thoughts โ€“ she said, โ€œYou can do this!โ€
I know I didnโ€™t need it, but I wanted it!
Donโ€™t you?
Then it struck me.
I knew that 30 minutes later Iโ€™d regret eating the Toblerone, and it wasnโ€™t worth the five minutes of enjoyment!
A few minutes later, some visitors arrived. After a pleasant short visit, they departed with every piece of chocolate we had in the house – including the Toblerone!
Through a little willpower, self-mastery and a great deal of help from Monic, I realised that present pleasure is nice, but the joys of overcoming, are a much more meaningful reward!
Be ever mindful of your downtime โ€“ thoughts come that you may regret!
Rather choose to apply the principles of self-mastery and discipline. A little help from a trusted friend never goes amiss too!
๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค?

What personal battles do you face?

What do you wrestle with?
What is your biggest personal battle?
As unique individuals, we fight incredibly personal battles – daily.
In the Book of Mormon we read in Mosiah 3:19 “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”
Bending the will of our “๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’‚๐’ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’” tendencies to the “๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’๐’š ๐‘บ๐’‘๐’Š๐’“๐’Š๐’•” is not easy.
In fact it is downright difficult.
Yet it is also simple.
It is something that requires daily, consistent, disciplined effort.
Prophets of yesteryear throughout the Bible and The Book of Mormon, and now in our time, modern day Prophets, constantly address their voice and their lives to these key matters:
– Spirit over flesh
– Discipline over permissiveness
– Reverence over scorn
As you wrestle, there are beautiful joyful moments to be found in daily prayer, repentance, seeking forgiveness, all to be found through the atonement of Jesus Christ.
A perfect day will come.
The doctrine of Christ teaches us that we can overcome these mortal trials as we yield our will as children, to the will of our Heavenly Father.
It is a simple invitation. The Saviour said “๐‘ช๐’๐’Ž๐’†, ๐‘ญ๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐‘ด๐’†.”

Don’t interfere!

A recent experience reminded me that as a leadership coach, one of the greatest lessons I ever learned was that the best leaders have sense enough to pick good people to do what needs to be done. But more importantly, they also have self-restraint enough to stop themselves from meddling with them, while they do it!

My invitation today is a gentle reminder to all of us – to stop meddling! Instead, remember to trust others and simply let them get on with it!

Remember – leadership is a lifelong learning process.