Trade The Journey

Trade The Journey

Discipline: Misunderstood

Most people think of discipline as forcing yourself to do something when you don’t feel like doing it. And yes that is what discipline mostly it is. The ability to do something even when you don’t feel like it, is often more important than the talent itself. You often have heard the talent is God-given, well discipline is something that man/or woman gives to themselves.

Discipline can be much more than the drudgery it is pictured as, once you change your perspective on it. Perspective is often another term that is misunderstood, and the heaven or hell you are in can be magically transformed when you adjust your perspective. But I digress. Discipline should be natural, you should strive to make it as natural as possible. Because if you don’t, you will constantly be fighting yourself. The side of yourself that thinks of right now instead of what’s best for the future.

That side of us, that urges us to spend when we know we should save or to stay home instead of exercise. We all have it in our lives to some degree and it is apart of our lives that will require constant work and discipline. This is where your perspective comes into play. What is important to you? Is there something that you hope to achieve in the future that is more important than your temporary happiness right now?

Achieving a body fat of 10% has been a goal of mine for many years. For me, exercise is not something I want to do, its something I have to do. There are times when I don’t feel like going to the gym and I barely make it there. Sometimes, I do thirty minutes on the treadmill and quickly make my exit. Knowing when to leave and when to stay can help to prevent an injury.

The important part was that I went to the gym, I did not break the habit. Weeks from now, I may not remember the workout I completed but I will be able to say to myself, “I went to the gym every day last week”. Being able to say this too myself has a strengthening effect on me. If I have any missteps any the future, I’ll be able to say in thirty years “I only missed 5 days”.

I use all these ideas and past history to make a decision about what I am going to do now and because that goal is important to me, if the thought of skipping day pops into my head, it is quickly dismissed. The habit I formed of going to the gym is firmly planted within my mind and it is almost as natural as going to work or starting a business. I have to do it and with me being so close to the end result, why give up now?

You can also look at some of the things you enjoy doing, do you consider yourself having to acquire the discipline to do them. Most likely not. Perhaps shifting your perspective on what your doing can help to inspire a natural discipline for you. When it becomes natural for you, you eliminate the war within and better accomplish your goals. How can you do this?

Meditate on it. On what? first your perspective on what you are doing, then your perspective of Discipline.

 

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