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!