Tessa emailed in the following tip:
Quick: what’s the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the word discipline? Yuck? Difficult? Unappealing?
If you are like me, then I’m sure you at least thought of a synonym of the above words. In our culture of entertainment, discipline gets a bad rap. You hear, “You don’t need to be disciplined… everything will work itself out.”
When has sitting on the couch ever gotten you anywhere?
Exactly. I believe that if we just change the way we think when we hear the word discipline, then we can stop buying into the myth that laziness is an acceptable option.
Start thinking about disciplines that you do every day… otherwise known as, chores. That’s right. You are already disciplined in some areas. Congratulations! If you start pairing the word discipline to sweeping or doing the dishes (or something that you do every day/night), then you start to associate it with action items that are doable.
Start with a small, new discipline to add to your life. For example, if eventually you want to run a marathon, you’re going to have to build up your endurance. So, you could start by walking a mile. Before you know it, you have a new discipline in your life. TA-DA!
Being disciplined is not as bad as it seems. If you look around, you’ll see that discipline does not have to have the negative connotations that society gives it. Today, let’s change the way we think about discipline and take action.
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