I was looking at my blogging posts for the month of May and two things struck me. First , they are not seemingly very uplifting or positive, which was the intention of this blog. Second, I have slacked off on posting. That’s not with intent either. It’s just kind of been a busy month and I have been overwhelmed with the divorce, the job search, the move, the hunt for a preschool and training. Not to mention my credit card was stolen and now I have over $3000 in fraudulent charges to deal with, which is not fun.
But overall, I don’t think those are necessarily good reasons for not posting. They are more like my excuses for not running at times, just quick reasonings I can pull together off the top of my head that sound really burdensome, thus legitimate. Have I been busy.. Yes. Have these things actually happened.. Yes. But they haven’t stopped me from going shopping or attending some Mom’s Night Out events. I’ve had plenty of idle time staring at these walls. So my issue is not about time. Then I remembered an article I read about self-discipline. Here goes a summary…
While “discipline” implies teaching and enforcing a set of rules that others should follow, “self-discipline” involves self-imposed rules, requirements, and expectations. No one can impose self-discipline on another. It can be inspired or modeled but not enforced by others.
Self-discipline is the ability to get your self to take action even if you don’t feel like it. It partners with goal-setting, planning and drive. It is not the same as willpower. Willpower is internal drive alone. It’s the spark that makes you want to achieve. You either have it or you don’t. You can’t change your willpower or improve upon it. However, self-discipline is like a muscle. It can be trained and therefore, improved upon. By setting small goals and working your way up to bigger ones, we can all make strides toward achieving our goals.
This is one of my weaknesses. I’ve never had any willpower or self-discipline. Well, none that has suited me. This is what I have struggled with a bit in my training for the runs, reading my bible and in posting for the blog. I do think that realizing it is have the battle, just as with any problem.
So, here’s my plan… Over this holiday weekend, I’m going to refocus my energies. I have to get some things in order around my new house and move some stuff from the old house still. I need to do something to improve the speed of this computer and set up a system.
Well, I would say wish me luck, but luck has nothing to do with it, if you are setting goals and enacting self-discipline.
So you you all have trouble with self-discipline? What do you do to help manage it?