It’s 6:15 am and I’ve been toying between sinking back into a blissful sleep (after all, I don’t have to wake the kids up for another hour) and springing out of bed to kickstart my day before the rest of that noisy, demanding world wakes up. What would you do?
There’s a magical, clear quality about the early morning calm that infuses me with energy – once I’ve finally shaken myself awake that is…Sometimes that means putting my alarm clock under a whole pile of mess, across the other side of the room, to make sure I actually get out of bed. I gotta have sneaky strategies and tactics like that to resist the tempting arms of Morpheus.
C’mon Ange – suck it up and throw off the covers.
Choices. That’s what life’s all about. Choices, and knowing what you really want most.
Do I really want to sleep in? Will that help me get the most out of my day? Seriously?
What will help me get the most out of my day is Vitamin D! Discipline. The Discipline to get up earlier, knowing that I’m always most productive in the quiet of the morning, before everyone else starts laying claim to my attention.
My writing, my art, my sport, my wellbeing, my business, my dream life… Their relative success is directly proportional to the amount of Discipline I can muster up to push the rest aside.
Without my daily dose of Discipline, I could spend the whole day sorting through the orphan sock basket, cleaning the top of the fridge and vacuuming under the sofa cushions rather than working on a business that I’m deeply passionate about.
No Discipline and I’m saying yes to that second glass of wine and sweet dessert when in fact what I really want is to feel lighter and clearer.
No Discipline and I find myself living vicariously through Pinterest or Facebook, rather than actually living my own life – working on my mailing list, improving my calligraphy techniques, training for that trail run, sharpening my mind with meditation… writing this blog post.
Without a big dose of vitamin ‘D,’ everyday Life has a sneaky habit of getting in the way of what I really want. Life is messy and intrusive like that.
The big D is a powerful combination of energy, willpower and strength. Ain’t nothing better than a Discipline high! Inject some Discipline into your life and you get an immediate sense of purpose racing through your blood.
Discipline is what helps us reach into the depths of ourselves and achieve great feats.
Discipline is what helps us create a business, body, mindset and/or life we love, and keep battling on when it feels like we’re pedaling through yoghurt and we’d rather be having a coffee with friends. Especially when our pirates tell us our dreams won’t work and that we be better to “Get a haircut and get a real job.” (Remember that song?) Really – your dreams won’t work… unless you do!
Discipline, consistency, IMPECCABILITY – and being unequivocally committed to my own clear, defined desires makes me a writer rather than a reader, a doer rather than a dreamer, a business woman/entrepreneur rather than an employee and an athlete rather than a couch potato.
Discipline is Effort and Consistency’s best friend.
Discipline means knowing the difference between what I want now (or what I think I want now) and what I really, TRULY, deeply want. It’s the difference between a healthy mind and body and one that falls prey to too much temptation. It’s the fine line between flimsy excuses for procrastination and knowing my real limits.
Discipline is long term happiness over short term pleasure…
Discipline is the backbone of sustained creativity. It ensures the ‘essential’ work actually gets done and provides solid grounding for spontaneity, rest and play.
Discipline is the the ant that allows my inner cicada to live!
Most importantly, Discipline supports my process of becoming an eternally better version of myself.
Someone more famous than me, whose name I can’t recall, once said that Discipline is the horse you ride. I think Passion is the horse you ride and Discipline is what keeps you on its back.
Yeah, I fall off my Passion horse a little too frequently. What can I say? I’m human… and epicurean by nature. Consistency is not my middle name – yet!.
In the mean time… ooh look! It’s 7:30 already, time to wake up the rest of the world…