Discipline is a jewel so priceless and yet few seek it. I was guilty, for years, of being frustrated with myself for feeling like life was wasting away. But one day, it hit me. I was my own worst enemy. I was the reason I felt my talents as a writer were going unnoticed. I was the reason I stopped working out. I was the reason my life fell out of structure and out of order. In short, I lacked discipline. Sure, I had a laundry list of things I wanted to become and accomplish but, the reality was without the discipline to chip away at those goals day by day all I accomplished was nothing.
It took a lot of courage to start putting things in order. Researching graduate programs, looking for new jobs, tackling a new work out regimen, committing to a reading plan for my Bible, etc. Every thing in this life I wanted to accomplish in the next few months and years would take discipline. I knew there was nothing more to it than to buckle down and DO IT.
It’s been a few years since my moment of realization and I can honestly say I’m so much better at prioritizing my goals. I’m also better at disciplining myself to make sure those goals get fulfilled. One example: I’ve taken to Starbucks or local college/university libraries to get my assignments done over the weekends. (don’t forget college campuses usually allow civilians to eat at the dining halls! you pay cash & eat your heart away like you’re at a buffet.) Getting away from my house really helps me focus and it also gives me to the chance to see something, talk to someone, or try something new which usually provides me with a creative nudge when I’m looking for new things to write. In this picture I tried Starbuck’s Cinnamon Dolce Latte while I chipped away at my reading assignments. Let’s just say Alice Walker and that warm cinnamon drink was the perfect match!
Whatever goal your goal is, remember discipline MUST be the active ingredient any equation that leads to success. Wanting something won’t get you closer to it but, disciple yourself in working towards it and every day you’ll see yourself closer to the goal and you’ll be crossing the finish line of accomplishment in NO time! So what are your goals? Where do you feel you lack discipline?