Many of us struggle with self-discipline, and these struggles are characterized by attempts to achieve consistency in a number of different areas. We try to achieve discipline in our eating habits. We try to achieve discipline in our prayer life or discipline in our studies.
Most of the time, discipline is approached in piecemeal fashion. We are trying to achieve this virtue with a specific focus. I have noticed that there is a more fundamental and, perhaps, effective approach. When we have our spiritual compasses set, there is a kind of integrity at the core. From this place, self-discipline may emanate. We are too focused on peripherals instead of the center. Get the center right and it is easier to align the peripherals.