Everybody wants something out of life, but the question is, How bad do you want it?
Our human flesh by nature is selfish and wants its own way. If we’re going to make progress in any life goal, we will always have to make a choice of whether to exercise discipline. Even doing nothing is a choice. I always say that making no decision is a decision.
Whether you’re working on a random project, a book, in school or college, saving or investing for the long-term, striving for or maintaining your fitness and nutrition goals, or setting boundaries of respect and self-love in your personal relationships, you must use discipline.
That leaves us with a choice of two pains with said life goals: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
When I talk to friends who I haven’t heard from in a while, we catch up on our lives and they say, “Daree, you’ve always got something going on. You writing another book? What are you up to? You’re always doing something.”
To me, discipline does not equal perfection. It equals progress. When I use discipline, it tells me that I’ve gone a little farther and gotten a little more done today (regarding my goal) than I did before.
How have you most recently experienced the pain of discipline or regret in your life?