What is it about doing the right thing that is so difficult? Iâ€™m sitting here looking over the steps I need to take to change my world (because I WANT to change my world) and I trip all over number 5 â€“ self-discipline. I donâ€™t even like having to discipline others so how am I suppose to discipline myself?
The bible study I receive each morning on my email just came. The title is â€œJust Do It.â€ The irony is not lost on me. I can whine and complain about how difficult it all is and how unfair it can be. The truth is that I just have to do what I need to do and quit my belly aching.
Maybe that is all that self-discipline is really. The idea that I need to just do it even when I donâ€™t want to do it is almost too simple to make sense. I say it to myself, my friends, and my children at least once every day: It all comes back to me.
There is no magic pill that will make me fit and trim as long as I continue to eat outside of hunger and satisfaction. Money is not going to suddenly appear in my account as long as Iâ€™m sitting on the couch flipping through old and worthless television programs. The house will not shack itself into clean and organized no matter how hard I wish as long as Iâ€™m avoiding the chores like the plague.
I AM responsible for where I am and what I am becoming.
And now I am right back to the self-discipline. I know what I need to do and I even know HOW to do it but I just canâ€™t seem to get myself to do it (at least not consistently). If discipline is about training in rules and pushing others then self-discipline must be about pushing me into action even when I donâ€™t want to go there.
I was almost a high school athlete. Sports were something I enjoyed, but I was not interested in dedicating the time and energy necessary to become proficient in any of them. I played and was even somewhat good at some of them. My younger brother was great. Even at just 5â€™6â€ he played basketball at such a level that he received a college scholarship (even over his other classmates that stood way over him). Everyday, he dedicated time, thought, and energy to improving his game.
His mindset was to be the best. It was all about the positives in and around his life. He didnâ€™t complain because he wasnâ€™t as tall as the other players â€“ he just worked on his vertical leap so that he could jump higher then they could.
Some ideas are coming to my mind about how I can find self-discipline for my life and ultimately bring success as well.
1. Set a weekly goal for improvement â€“ just one. Work at it until I do it without thought.
2. Plan a reward for when I accomplish a task. Get a new outfit when I drop 15 lbs.
3. Take away the distractions. This is where self-discipline is going to get tough for me. Itâ€™s easier for me to get myself to do something I need to do when Iâ€™m not busy doing what I shouldnâ€™t be doing. Itâ€™s time to cut out the television (or at least limit it each week).
Just three little steps should be all it takes for me to be able to push ME where I want to be.