Discipline is one of those hard things that I can’t seem to grasp. That elusive patronus that I look at from a distance only to change once I draw near (and yes, you are welcome for the Harry Potter reference).
I am not a very disciplined person and this bothers me. I had a roommate in college who had the greatest discipline I have ever seen. He got up each day and read his Bible and prayed for an hour before getting out of bed bright and early. He had his schedule laid out like a regimented plan for growth. He even had to schedule in times to watch TV. This fascinated me and looking back, still does.
I am not like that. When I get a planner out, I just want to fill it with tasks to be done but present no order whatsoever. And shockingly, I get those things done when written down in this manner. But when I write down in the manner of my friend or many others like him, I get frustrated and lose sight of things and then ultimately miss out on doing much at all because I hate to feel constricted like that.
So I am learning to change my ways and just do things the way that brings me the most excitement. After all, if I don’t get any joy out of it, then I won’t do it and it will become a great chore that eventually will fall off my radar. Just like my conversation with my friend Mike, I need to learn to take time for myself and approach things the way that makes the most sense to me.
I have been running a lot the past week or two and it has been good for my soul and for my body and for my discipline. And the biggest change is that I am trying to do it in an enjoyable way. I hate running, therefore I run first and get that out of the way, and then I walk an extra distance whereas in the past, I would run a little and then be done. Now I find myself getting a lot more ground covered and enjoying myself a little bit more.
On top of that, I am not approaching the discipline of exercise by calling it working out or running (which is something you do instinctively if being chased) but by saying that it is a time where I work on my body. It’s better for me this way and I am definitely seeing some results.
How do you approach discipline in your life?