Based upon your responses to yesterday’s introductory post, many of us are longing for more discipline in our lives. We crave order and peace. We want to be better managers of our time and life. We want to follow through with our good intentions.
But so many times I’ve found that I try to go about developing a more disciplined life in all the wrong ways. I check out a book on living an organized life from the library and think it will make all the difference. I download a printable household organization planner and think it will magically whip my house into shape. Or I think that if my house or life or responsibilities were different, then I could achieve a disciplined life.
Instead of addressing the root issue–my lack of self-discipline–I think that a fancy new system is going to fix the problem. A bad system is not the problem. I am the problem.
Oh sure. Life throws curveballs. There are job losses, babies born, illnesses, moves, and projects that can get one off course. But ultimately, whether or not I live a disciplined life is dependent solely upon me and the choices I make on a daily basis.
Those are tough words to swallow. And I could wallow in frustration over my short-comings and failures. However, instead, I want to let it motivate me. I am the problem, but I am also the solution.
I don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on organizational products. I don’t need to buy 20 books on living a disciplined life. Instead, I need to resolve to change from the inside out.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about how to start making specific, realistic changes to transform a cluttered, chaotic life into an orderly, organized life.
To jumpstart the 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life Challenge, choose one small project that has been nagging at you for the last few weeks or months and go start and complete it in the next 24 hours. You may find that it didn’t end up taking you near as long as you thought it would and you’ll feel so good to have it done.
I’m tackling the laundry pile (no surprise there, I’m sure, as this seems to the area I’m constantly struggling in!). Ever since returning from Relevant, I’ve been woefully behind on laundry. So I’m going to aim to get completely caught up within the next 24 hours. And then I’m going to be intentional about keeping the momentum going… more on that in a few days.
Come back tomorrow afternoon/evening and I’ll tell you how it went–and you can tell us how your project went, too!
Other posts in the 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life series
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Introduction
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Discipline is a Choice
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Discipline is a Process
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Implement One Habit at a Time
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Persevere Even When You Want to Give Up
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Discipline Requires Goal-Setting
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Accountability is Key
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Discipline Demands Focus
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Say "Yes" to the Best
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Do the Hardest Things First
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Get It Done Early
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: Discipline Begets Discipline
- 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life: How to Make Time for What's Important
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