Yesterday we discussed how living a disciplined life is dependent solely upon me and the choices I make on a daily basis. You are not only the problem, you are also the solution.
So how do we change from the inside out? Well, first, we have to realize that it will be a process. You can’t just decide to go from zero discipline to 100% discipline overnight.
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill you can take that will suddenly make you a disciplined person. Instead, you need to just resolve to change something and then follow through with it–even if it’s as simple as resolving to put your purse away in a designated spot when you come home instead of dropping it wherever you feel like when you stumble into your front door.
It’s easy to want to overhaul our whole lives in a matter of hours or days. But I promise that if you set small, simple, and achievable goals to begin with and stick with these over the long haul, it will be much more beneficial and effective than trying to radically change within 24 hours and ending up exhausted and burnt out after three days.
I love how FlyLady encourages her readers to start changing their lives by shining their kitchen sink. Again, this task might seem so small that it’s hardly worth the effort. But it really can make a big difference.
For instance, not too long ago, we started making a big effort to go to bed every night with a spotless kitchen. I’ve been amazed at how much more peaceful my mornings are when I don’t wake up to a sink overflowing with dirty dishes. It just makes my whole day seem bright to walk out of my bedroom and into a sparkling kitchen in the early morning! The opposite effect is true if I wake up to a messy kitchen: I feel overwhelmed, defeated, and behind before my day has even begun.
It’s a simple thing to whip the kitchen into shape at night. In fact, if my husband and I work together, we can get it completely clean in ten minutes. But developing the habit of not going to bed unless the kitchen is clean can change my whole outlook on the following day.
Remember: Moving in the right direction–even at a microscopic rate–is still moving forward. Slowly making seemingly tiny changes can add up to major differences over a period of time.
Choose one small bad habit you will commit to reverse or one good habit you will aim to implement in your life for the next 20 days. Use the Habit-Forming Chart or Habit Tracker (if you’re ambitious, there’s a 3-habit 100 days chart here) if that helps. Or, you can track your progress online through DailyFeats and earn free gift cards!
After you’ve put some thought into it, come back and tell us what one small change you decided upon. I’ll share mine tomorrow.
Yesterday’s Progress: The laundry is DONE. Well, at least until tomorrow. 🙂 Yay! How did your project go? Did you get it finished?
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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