“Do you get up this early every day?”
Caleb usually works the evening shift at Starbucks, because he likes to sleep in until noon. This morning, though, he made my latte at the (not so) early hour of eight.
“Yes,” I told him, “I try to get up at by seven or eight so I can get all the things done that I love to do!”
Truthfully, I’d get up at 6:30am if my bed wasn’t so comfortable. But seven works. I get up and get dressed, as if I was headed to an office, and not just to the corner of my bedroom. I leave, get my coffee, and come back home – to work.
Every day, when I write, I sit at an old wooden desk that was my grandfather’s. It is in the window corner of our one bedroom, and faces our little porch. I love my view from this desk: a jungle of plants, the birdhouse my dad made from a gourd, and the occasional bird. I drink my latte while I check email and this site, then I get down to business – make a schedule, make some goals, get to work.
This morning, I came across a little blurb about discipline, and how important it is if you want to accomplish any goal:
Nothing worthwhile comes quickly, and nothing worthwhile comes without discipline. Over life’s long haul, discipline works in every dimension of your life: financial, physical, mental, and spiritual….It’s easy to get caught in the trap of quick results when you focus on the results rather than the journey. The truth is, the joy is in the journey, in the daily discipline of growing in the details of your mind, body, and spirit….The key is balance, consistency, and perseverance, all of which come from one thing and one thing only: discipline.
I love this quote. We live in a world where people make our coffee for us, and all we have to do is show up. We don’t sew our clothes these days – if we want something, we go buy it. These are the times of instant gratification, in every single direction we turn. When we set out to accomplish our goals, it’s easy to carry over these expectations, but nothing is more detrimental! Whether it’s writing a novel or working out, it’s not realistic to expect instant success. Discipline can be painful and hard – but it always pays off.
Right now, my main goal is to complete the second draft of my novel. A secondary goal is to complete 30 Day Shred in thirty days. An ongoing goal is to cook delicious, healthy food (and not break the bank) for my sweet husband.
These goals don’t happen overnight, and they won’t happen at all without discipline. Magazines, novels, television, the pool, and even other creative endeavors tempt me and vie for my time each day. While I know these would be so…much…fun…I also know it will be an even sweeter reward to achieve my long-term goals.
If discipline sounds undesirable or unattainable to you, be encouraged. I think it sounds that way to everybody, at first. I’m no expert at this. I’m just a girl who has come to see value in discipline, so I’m working on it. Somewhere along the way, it’s become part of my life and I’ve even started to enjoy it.
How do you incorporate discipline into your life? Do you enjoy it yet?
PS: Discipline is one of those words that looks really strange to me after I read it out loud a few times.
PPS: The blurb comes from a book called God is in the Small Stuff. It sits on my desk, but I’ve never opened it before. I just happened to get the urge to read something out of it, and I’m glad I did. It motivated me.