Discipline

“It’s easy to run 8 to 10 miles.  The hard part is getting out of bed.”   ~Ken Davis

Most goals we have are less difficult to achieve than we think.  Given time, we can all:

  • Get in shape
  • Train for an event
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Master a skill
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
  • achieve a zillion other worth pursuits

The difficult part is being disciplined to make daily progress toward the goals we’ve set.  I would argue that lifting the covers to get out of bed in the morning to go to the gym is more difficult than lifting the actual weights at the gym.

Any worth goal you’ve set for yourself not only requires a commitment of your time, but the discipline to actually progress toward the goal.  Without discipline, your goal is dead.

The battle of discipline is won or lost between our ears in what we tell ourselves when we’re at the decision point of whether we spend time moving toward our goal or putting it off.

Consider adopting the following thinking tweaks to help become more disciplined in achieving our goals:

  • Look for reasons to pursue your goal versus excuses not to
  • Think of the benefits of achieving your goal
  • Realize that goals take time to achieve, and the best way to make progress is to do what you know you need to do every day, or at least a majority of the days

Discipline is the secret ingredient for achieving goals. It’s not flashy or exciting, but exercising it in one area of our lives makes it easier to apply in other areas.  Discipline, like a muscle, can be grown and strengthened with continuous use.

Let’s work at building the muscle of discipline in our lives.  I think we’ll be pleased with the results.

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