Doing without excuses.
Do something, not because someone tells you to do it, but because you need to do it.
Is that discipline?
There is no greater reason for doing it than getting it done. Not thinking reward, or accomplishment, but completion. Doing something at a steady pace, constantly, religiously – a belief – is discipline a belief?
What is the force that is discipline?
The magical element is first in the head, then in the limbs – moving, lifting, shifting, but most importantly:
- not talking yourself out of doing;
- banning the words: ‘don’t feel like it‘ or ‘I’m not in the mood’.
What does it take to accomplish anything?
Placing fingers on a keyboard to write the first line for a blog entry or the first line to a new novel – the heaviness is almost paralyzing until discipline takes hold. It lightens the effort, it boosts the energy, it says: keep going. And before you know it, it’s done (as if by magic or… discipline).
You know you are disciplined when:
- awakened by the radio alarm at 6:00am and the pinging sound of rain hitting the bedroom window, you hide your head for a moment before throwing off the covers and pushing yourself out of bed;
- with eyes barely open, you stagger to the toilet to pee and wash those sleep encrusted eyes;
- then to the living-room, you lay down on the carpet and start stretching your glutes, while rolling a ball on your back to get the kinks out, still half asleep;
- continue stretching and yoga poses before a final warrior pose gets you to the kitchen for coffee and half a bagel with peanut butter.
Find running gear and head out the door for a run in the rain.
Discipline is aggressive, pushy, overbearing, and bold – exactly what I need it to be.