My brother in law, Nathan, has been one of the advisors in my life who I call to help me brainstorm, problem solve, and compare notes about discipline. Nathan and I feel discipline is an empowering and motivating force in our lives. Whether it’s physical, spiritual or mental discipline, it doesn’t have to be a dirty word or mean we can’t have fun! So, lace up your shoes and let’s go, Encouragers!
What if we look at discipline as a means to an end? Instead of seeing it as a negative, what if we see it as a positive?
Instead of resisting discipline, lean into it and push through by:
Practicing positive self-talk and affirmations
Listening to uplifting and motivating podcasts
Planning your day
The illusion of discipline is that it limits you and puts you in a box when in actuality, it gives you more freedom because you have less decisions to make!
Discipline means following through even when you don’t want to. It’s a mindset that if you can stick with it, it will become freedom-giving for you. It becomes automatic.
If and when you don’t reach your goal (or you can’t cross all of them off of your list in the time you originally gave yourself), DON’T think or say that you are a failure. You’re only truly a failure if you give up! Give yourself grace and reevaluate those things to see if you want to continue to work toward them. If not, give yourself permission to delete them from your list and move on.
Just show up. Don’t worry about perfection or have expectations that are too high. Just put in your best effort and call it good. Even if it’s a small step, it’s a step.