For those who allow life to make choices for them (procrastinators) developing discipline can be tough.

If you are wishy-washy in your decisions you will be wishy-washy in your discipline. Like anything else it takes practice, of making decisions, to make more decisions.

Plan ahead, especially if you’ve made a mistake. Next time I’ll do it this way!

If you don't know what you want, chances are you'll be moved in the direction that the breeze is blowing. Where there is no desire there is no discipline.

Therefore, discipline starts when you define a want and further break that want down into a need. Most people who really need something will go out of their way to get it.

This breaks down into three categories:

  1. Needs
  2. Wants
  3. Frivolities

If you are a homeless person it takes discipline to get up every morning go stand on the corner with your sign. It takes discipline to pick up cans and take them in for recycling.

On no matter what level you are existing, you will be able to find places where discipline is happening in your life.

It takes discipline to set aside time, to pick up the kids from school every day or to get them to a soccer game.

I have heard people say "I am a procrastinator." What they are really saying is "I choose to put things off," "I choose to practice errors in judgment."

Discipline happens when you know what you need, make a plan on how you're going to get it and then take action to implement that plan, continuing that action day after day.

This is another way of looking at Slight Edge. Defining everything you do as either a simple discipline or a slight error in judgment. Then, practicing the simple disciplines more than you practice the slight errors in judgment.

May you be blessed with the knowing, that if something is not working in your world, you have the ability to change it.

 

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Yours in Opulence,
Michael McCright
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