How to become self-disciplined

How to become self-disciplined

Very simple way how to use the number 40 to become self-disciplined

In every sacred reading from ancient traditions, we see the mentioning of the 40 days in creating a favorable environment for change. The preparation of the heart by purging of the old and of obstacles in order to receive a new set of instructions and preparation for a new phase in life. Let’s take a look where we can find this number and the number 40 meaning for each area of our life.

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The discipline of 40 in Science

〉 Negative forty is the unique temperature at which the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales correspond; that is, −40 °F = −40 °C

〉 It takes 40 repetitions for a human brain to establish it as a routine. Studies show that it takes, on average, 40 to 50 repetitions to build a habit. If it’s a behavior they do once per day, then it will take about 40 wo days or 8 weeks before it gets easier and the basal ganglia can run it on autopilot.

〉 Forty is a composite number, an octagonal number, and as the sum of the first four pentagonal numbers, it is a pentagonal pyramidal number. Adding up some subsets of its divisors (e.g., 1, 4, 5, 10 and 20) gives 40, hence 40 is a semiperfect number.

〉 The planet Venus forms a pentagram in the night sky every eight years with it returning to its original point every 40 years with a 40 day regression.

〉 40 in binary is 101000


The discipline of 40 in Society

〉 the number of thieves in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and in Ali Shar and Zumurrud, from Thousand and One Nights (both the numbers 40 and 1001 are more likely to mean “many” than to indicate a specific number)

〉 the customary number of hours in a regular workweek in some Western countries

〉the number of spaces in a standard Monopoly game board

〉 Quarantine, the practice of isolation to prevent the spread of epidemic disease, derives from a Venetian dialect of the Italian ‘quaranta giorni’ meaning ‘forty days’, the period that ships were required to be isolated before passengers and crew could go ashore during the Black Death.

My former yoga teacher told us that keeping a position for 40 seconds is going to create the best effect letting the body understand the message you are trying to give it through the movement.


The discipline of 40 in Biology

〉 40 weeks is an average term of pregnancy, counting from the woman’s last menstrual period

〉 the recovery after pregnancy for body to get back to normal hormonal level it 40 days

〉 a major study into the genetics of human intelligence has given scientists their richest insight yet into the biology that underpins our cognitive skills. The research on 60,000 adults and 20,000 children uncovered 40 new genes that play a role in intelligence.

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The discipline of 40 in Religion and cult

〉 Before his temptation, Jesus fasted “forty days and forty nights” in the Judean desert (Matthew 4:2, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:2).

〉 Forty days was the period from the resurrection of Jesus to the ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:3).

〉 According to Stephen, Moses’ life is divided into three 40-year segments, separated by his growing to adulthood, fleeing from Egypt, and his return to lead his people out (Acts 7:23,30,36).

〉 In modern Christian practice, Lent consists of the 40 days preceding Easter. In much of Western Christianity, Sundays are excluded from the count; in Eastern Christianity, Sundays are included.

〉 Rain fell for “forty days and forty nights” during the Flood (Genesis 7:4)

〉 Noah waited for forty days after the tops of mountains were seen after the flood, before releasing a raven (Genesis 8:5-7)

〉 One of the prerequisites for a man to study Kabbalah is that he is forty years old.

〉 In Islam Muhammad was forty years old when he first received the revelation delivered by the archangel Gabriel. Muhammad was praying and fasting in the cave for 40 days. Muhammad then had 40 followers to spread the religion of Islam.

〉 Some Russians and Serbs believe that ghosts of the dead linger at the site of their death for forty days. After the forty days, additional prayers are performed at the grave to escort the soul on its way to God’s court. Many Christian Filipinos mark the end of the initial mourning period on the fortieth day after death, and have a Mass said. They believe that the soul remains on the earthly plane for forty days before entering the afterlife, recalling how Christ ascended to heaven forty days after his Resurrection.

〉 In the Hindu system some of the popular fasting periods consist 40 days and is called the period One ‘Mandala Kalam’ Kalam means a period and Mandala Kalam means a period of 40 days


The discipline of 40 in Numerology

As an overview, the essence of the number 40 is a composite containing the ideas of: Pragmatism, Dignity, Security, Focus, Method, Dedication.

  • 40 has a strong sense of self-worth. It knows itself as being sufficient to accomplish what it needs. Imagine being confident of one’s own abilities, having a clear vision of what’s desired, with a reliable step-by-step method for accomplishing everything according to the vision.
  • The 40 essence contains: the 4’s essence, such as pragmatism, conscientiousness, and a focus on building a secure foundation for the future, plus a dose of the 0’s essence, such as all-inclusiveness, wholeness, and all that is.

The discipline of 40 in Consciousness

We must sum the number up to find the core identity of the number. Resulting a unitary number 4 + 0 = 4. The meaning of number 4:

1 father, the action, the beginning, the initiation, the masculinity, the direction, and the one’s perception of reality.

2 mother, the compassion, the fertility, the creation, and the two’s perception of reality.

3 combination and creation of 1 + 2 , thus the child, the result, the mixture, the combination, the family, and the three’s perception of reality.

4 elevation of this triangle, the purpose to follow after the experience of the three elements, the foundation for next generation, the four’s perception of reality.

How to use the number 40 to become self-disciplined:

  • in the gym make 40 repetitions of your exercise
  • to build a eating habit, do it for 40 day religiously
  • before opening a business, give it 40 weeks, 9 month period of development at least before starting
  • practice running for 40 days
  • practice meditation for 40 days
  • study a subject of your interest for 40 days
  • learn a skill for 40 days
  • read a book for 40 minutes everyday for 40 days

… and anything else you want to achieve

For more guidance on how to use this number and where to apply it in your life book a session here.

If you want to use this number for a grieving period read my article The 9 grief stages.

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