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Ahh the 'D' word. Definitley one of "those words" most of us try our best to avoid. On the other hand, there are folks who love and live by The 'D' Word. There are those who even swear by it! You'll hear it thrown around a lot in discussions from budgets and saving to exercise and dieting - mostly by people we look up to and who have our best interests at heart.
If you haven't figured it out by now due to having the maturity of a 14 year old boy; the 'D' word I'm describing above is Discipline. I don't care who you pick, no one who has ever succeeded at anything did so without discipline.
Go ahead think about it. What is something you can achieve without discipline? Graduate degree? Disciplined study. Jeremy lost 50 lbs? Disciplined diet and workout regimen. Learned to play guitar? Disciplined practice. Built a multi-million dollar company? You guessed it...discipline.
By definition, discipline is the control gained by enforcing obedience or order. Basically to get things you've never had, you've gotta be obedient in doing the things you've never done. This requires going against all of those hardwired habits and mental nuggets learned from years of influence or just poor decision making.
This is something I often (read: always) struggle with and one of the big things I'm working on this year. So far I've been pretty disciplined with eating better. I'm also being disciplined and staying away from self development books for a while. They tend to keep me stuck in "analysis paralysis". Now, I'll be using that energy to stay disciplined in doing the things I know need to be done.
When I catch myself being undisciplined, I think of all the un-fun things being undisciplined has brought me. This includes a few extra pounds, some credit card debt, growing pile of laundry, etc. This is usually enough to kick me into gear, but when its not I re-read the below quotes:
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments" - Jim Rohn
"Discipline is the difference between what you want now and what you want most" - Unknown
"With self discipline, almost anything is possible" - Theodore Roosevelt
"If I want to be great, I have to win the victory over myself" - Harry Truman
I know I can't be the only one struggling with self-discipline. Drop a comment below and let me know your special method of combating your undisciplined self!