I have to admit that if
I am seriously lacking one major virtue, it's discipline. (Okay,
my family might say that it's patience, but that's a discussion
for another time!)
What is discipline and
why does it seem to elude me, despite my efforts to change?
According to Random House,
discipline is "training to act in accordance to rules."
Well, that pretty much explains my resistance, doesn't it? I feel
like a naughty child (or is it a puppy?) who must be "trained
up right." And you could say that I have a certain... shall
we call it "aversion"?... to rules. And not to rules
in general, just the ones that apply to me!
But here's the deal: The
Law of the Universe cannot NOT be followed! It's kind of like
the law of gravity. It's there, working all of the time, whether
you "believe in it" or not! And sometimes we humans
say, "No! I am NOT subject to this law!" And we make
a Herculean effort and create a mega-machine to carry us beyond
the reaches of gravity.
But did you know that even
the moon, not just of this planet, but of every planet, is subject
to gravity? See, no matter how far we fly, the Law is always working.
So my point here is this:
I can either be "trained to act in accordance to" the
Law, or I can continue to fight and squirm and, yes, whine about
"having" to follow the rules.
Okay, so what is the Law
that I'm talking about here? Well, I think that the relevant law
here is the Law of Circulation: As you sow, so shall you reap.
A lot of people take this
law to be about money, and of course it can be applied to our
financial life with great results. But what I really mean here
is Effort In = Results (or lack thereof).
Whenever my Dad is frustrated
with a computer program, he always blames the programmer: "Garbage
in, garbage out." (It is absolutely beyond my father's understanding
to EVER blame or harm a machine. He's convinced that machines
So if I'm working on, say,
my latest book, and I am not disciplined in my approach, I am
sowing faulty seed and I will reap a meagre harvest.
Okay, I know that in my
head. So how do I make a major change in my life?
1. Make a detailed contract
with myself regarding what is to be done.
2. Create several places
of accountability: my partner, myself, and my MasterMind group
are some of mine.
3. Give myself a reward
for completing the task! (My reward is usually chocolate.)
There's one other way that
I'm learning to rely on when it comes to discipline: I have to
go within, check in, and make sure that what I'm doing is absolutely
right for me at that moment. It's a lot easier to settle down
to an afternoon of writing when I know that my Higher Self is
cheering me on!
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