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Establishing a Practice

This morning I woke thinking about the word “discipline”. I actually spend a fair amount of time talking about this word in my work as a Certified Positive Dicipline Associate. But I usually speak about the verb which means to teach or to guide. Today I was thinking about the noun as in having the discipline to rise early each day and do something for myself like walk or write.

What does discipline give us? It always seems daunting. When I think of people who have “discipline”, I think of them in an awesome way like they are larger than life. They seem so steady – as though nothing could sway them from their course. I think I associate the word discipline with perfection. Do you do this? It really gets in my way!

What if discipline can still hold flexibility? What if I can build a discipline to get up early each day and walk for an hour, knowing that some days it’s not going to happen. I may walk later in the day or I may have appointments or travel and not walk at all.

In my more reasonable mind, I know that discipline allows me to focus on what I believe is important in my life. It allows me to be powerful and creative. It takes discipline to think about what I want to have and who and how I want to be in this world. It also takes discipline to act on it. It seems easy when I look at others who have created discipline in their lives. I wonder if it is easy for anyone?

Will Rogers once said, “Half our time is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” How you spend your days is how you spend your life. Reflect on how you choose to spend your time. It will tell you much about your top prioritizes.

And it just might give you some ideas about discipline. What do you want to practice daily that will bring you happiness, joy, fulfillment? Think in terms of small steps. Choose one and begin.

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