Written by Sean McPheat |
What do we mean by discipline? You know that time when you have a choice of two or more things and you choose the easier option? You know what I’m talking about…when you could make that one more call but you don’t, when you could prepare better for that presentation but you don’t, when you could manage your time better but you don’t.
Why don’t we do what we know we should? Because disciplining ourselves to live up to the standards we know we can, often causes us more pain than just going with the easy option. But it’s the pain of regret afterwards that can often be greater.
My mum says that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. She also told me that discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. Thanks, mum! Strange how the truth often causes even more pain!
The lack of everyday little disciplines builds up day by day until each of us inherits the final consequences of those deeds. Remember, every day you have a choice of how you are going to manage yourself. Those small disciplines can add up and actually make you feel really good about yourself when you get them right.
Think of the small things you can do that will build your discipline muscles. It’s making that call when you promise to. It’s living up to high standards when it takes just one or two minutes extra. It’s thinking of the right things to say and then saying them instead of running your life by habit and regretting what you said or did just moments later.
When you consider that each of us has thousands of choices to make every day on what we say and do, it’s unsurprising that we don’t make the best choice every time. But if we consider self-discipline to be the key to quality results, we will think before we act, consider before speaking and focus before choosing. Then we won’t have the regrets that many people have to endure and will enjoy the benefits that self-discipline always brings.
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Originally published: 8 November, 2010