Very often I’m asked “how do you do it?” And my answer is simple…DISCIPLINE
Discipline- n. The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.
Disciplined Person- a person who practices a pattern of behavior where you choose to do what you know you should do, rather than what you want to do. Being disciplined gives you the strength to withstand hardships and difficulties, whether physical, emotional or mental.
These definitions are presented above so that we are on the same page when I’m talking about discipline. Discipline is essential to success in every aspect. Upon identifying a goal or objective, discipline is needed to see it through. You must be dedicated and headstrong towards your set purpose, and resist the constant temptations and distractions that are presented to take you off your course.
Yes, others are going to attempt to persuade you to take a break or to join them for this activity or another. Yes, they may call you a party pooper for not hanging out. Yes, they may even stop inviting you. However, on your journey to fulfilling your purpose YOU must consider the use of your 7 days per week, and your 720 minutes per day. Simply ask yourself, “if I take time to do this today, is it going to set me back on my goals?” If your answer is yes, ABORT ship…if it’s no, then ENJOY!
As millennials we are constantly being told that we are seekers of instant gratification and that we are the microwave generation who wants everything quick and easy. As with any stereotype, this is not always the case. My mindset has always been, “I rather do this now, so that I can do what I want to do, not just tomorrow, but for the rest of my life.”
I will admit that being disciplined is very challenging, especially with social media and everyone posting the highlights of their lives. Also, it is a constant choice that only YOU can make, that often takes self-training. No matter the case, it’s the route that I choose to take simply because I want better for myself and because I see accomplishing my goals as a route towards fulfilling my purpose. How about you?
Tips for Improving Your Discipline
- Create goals and a plan of action to accomplish each…write them down!
- Prioritize…categorize your obligations by: what’s more important, what needs your attention immediately, and what can honestly wait.
- I’m a To-Do list, Daily Planner and StickyNote Queen, I need to see what needs to be done, and I receive “instant gratification” knowing that it’s accomplished.
- Identify your weaknesses…allot a small amount of “downtime” per week to giving into your weakness, so that it no longer is a distraction throughout the remainder of the week.
- I’m a binge watcher 🙈, there are certain shows that I love to watch and even though I may miss the initial showing, I catch up during my allotted downtime.
- Keep an open line of communication with your family, friends, and loved ones. It’s important for them to know what you’re doing or working on so that they will be more understanding and willing to excuse themselves or you, out of respect for your time and your pursuit towards your goals.
Hebrew 12:11- “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, Yet later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”