This will be my last post for the month. I am leaving for another two-week trip to Louisiana to visit my mother and family. As always, I disconnect when visiting family so I will have no access to internet. I hope to be back with a blog the first week of November.
Discipline: Strict control to enforce obedience ( Websters New World Dictionary)
According to the above definition, discipline has a negative connotation, one of control and punishment. Years ago, I read where Canadian politician, David Campbell said, “Discipline is remembering what you want”. This definition stuck with me over the years and I refer back to it often.
There are many areas of my life where I have to apply discipline and when I remember that to discipline myself is to do what I need to do to have what I really want, it makes the process easier.
I discipline myself to take a walk almost every day. When the last thing I want to do is put my shoes on and hit the street, I remind myself why I walk for exercise. I do it for my health, for my metabolism, and most importantly to keep the energy in my body moving. No matter, how much I struggle against taking a walk, when I get home I am always glad I made myself do it.
I exercise discipline when I use my water pik flosser filled with herbal gum irrigant once a week. It is a pain in the butt to measure out the herbs, clean the flosser, mix the herbs with warm water, fill the water pik, floss my teeth, then clean the pik before I put it away. But, when I am done I feel good because I know I am taking care of my teeth and gums.
It takes discipline to do six to eight sets of kegels a day. It is time-consuming and can be aggravating but when I remember the results, I stop what I am doing so I can do a set of kegels. When I get lazy and forget what is important I wind up waking up all night to go to the bathroom. When I remember what I want and am faithful with my exercises, I can get up to four hours of uninterrupted sleep.
When I view discipline as an irritant, having to do something I don’t really want to do, I find myself struggling with what seems to be negative and a burden. There is a big difference in my approach to doing things I don’t want to do when I remember my actions are based on getting what I really want in my life. Discipline becomes easy then because the onus is no longer there.
Perhaps, next time you are faced with doing something you don’t want to do, you can search your heart and see why you are doing it. If you are doing it for yourself because you are pleased with the results, you can remind yourself of this and exercise discipline, knowing it is something positive and not negative.