Thoughts on discipline



Discipline…ugh.  It’s a topic that I tend to steer clear of on most occasions; however, a trait that we all need nevertheless.  Typically, I consider myself a free spirit.  One who doesn’t like to follow rules—a walk to the beat of my own drum kind of girl.  That makes discipline a very hard thing to swallow.

I like how Julie Andrews describes discipline: “Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.”  Her positive spin on an otherwise not-so-fun topic makes it seem more manageable and actually appeals to my free spirit soul.

Think about how much more you can accomplish when you have some sort of schedule to your day.  I know for me, waking up is one of the hardest things to do. However…the days that I do wake up early, I’m always amazed at how much I can get done.  My body also feels better when I wake up around the same time on the weekends as I do on the weekdays.  Now, I’m a sleeper.  In fact—I love me some sleep!  So, since I wake up earlier now, I’ve had to go to bed earlier.  That was quite a switch for this night owl, but the way I feel the next day makes it all worth it!

Exercising is another thing my body needs to feel my best.  There are some days that I would rather die than go to the gym!  I’m tired after a long day at work, stressed out and all I want to do is lay in bed.  However, I know though that going home and lying around will only make me feel worse and lazy.  Have you actually ever regretted exercising?  Probably not!  Usually the hardest part is getting up and actually getting out the door. Once I’m out, it’s go time! So, to make it easier, try setting out your gym clothes the night before.  Maybe you create incentives for yourself for each day you work out?  Do you have an accountability partner?  A partner in crime always makes difficult tasks easier.

For all you teens out there, I know that discipline is the last thing you want to hear about.  So, if you’ve read this much of my article—way to go!  I will say one thing to you: You will be thankful for the discipline you have received from your parents one day.  I know it’s hard to understand that right now, but your parents have limits on you because they love you and want the best for you.  They want you to be ready to fly in this great big world once you leave their nest.  As crazy as it sounds, discipline is the practice that teaches you how to fly and sets you free.

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