No one loves the word discipline quite like a teacher or parent! And for a lot of people discipline brings up negative images of being reprimanded or told what to do. But there is value in discipline and when it is self-imposed it can be very powerful…
According to my favourite source of meanings, Wikipedia, ‘Self-discipline refers to the training that one gives oneself to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behaviour, even if one would rather be doing something else.’
It is this self-discipline that can help you achieve your goals and fulfil your dreams. Getting into the habit of setting aside time each day to do a task that moves you forward to your goal plenty of discipline. And let’s face it there is always something else you could be doing!
But my question is a simple one. Why wouldn’t you want to ‘train’ yourself to do the things that will bring about the realisation of your dreams?
By not exercising self-discipline when you have set yourself goals it is as good as saying ‘my dreams aren’t worth it’ or ‘I don’t really believe they can come true’ or ‘I’m too lazy to bother’… Really?
If it is true that whatever the mind can conceive, and believe, the mind can achieve (Napoleon Hill), then surely following through should be exciting as well as rewarding..?
The critical point here is not to focus on how much time you spend doing the task but the frequency and persistence with which you do. It has been stated that you need to repeat something 16-21 times before it becomes a habit. So make up your mind to do it and then keep at it.
3 minutes per day towards writing some lines for that book you want to author is better than none at all!
Award-winning Women's Health Advocate & Self-Care Coach, Helping Busy Professional Women Find Time For Themselves And Loved Ones Without Feeling Guilty Or Sacrificing Their Self-Care.
Author of the best-selling book “Suck It Up Or Change – If you want a better life you create it” YvonneB lives life applying the 7F Principles she uncovers in her book and shares elements of them in her work delivery:
1. Being Fit & healthy – putting your health first, becoming mentally, physically & emotionally strong to maximise daily living
2. Being Fearless – building confidence to break-through fears, enabling you to do the things you truly desire
3. Creating Freedom – taking control of what you can, so that you can experience freedom as defined by you
4. Paying it Forward – serving, supporting and sharing; locally, globally, to make a difference
5. Enjoying Friends, Family & Network – building a network of positive supportive people to collaborate with and to give & receive help
6. Having Fun – setting aside time to enjoy life doing the things that bring you joy
7. Having Faith – developing belief, be it in self or in a higher being, that inspires you to go for your dreams
Favourite Quote: ‘Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel…’ Eleanor Brownn
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