The character trait I’m working on noticing this week is DISCIPLINE. I read a funny quote about it by H. Jackson Brown Jr., that really sums it up for me:
Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.
I’ve been working on releasing some extra pounds and noticed that when I’m not practicing discipline with my eating, the numbers on the scale start to resemble a yo-yo instead of the steady downward decline I’m going for! The same can be said of my business pursuits, if I’m chasing after every shiny thing I see, I definitely do not see forward momentum in my earnings. Keeping an image of an octopus on skates in my head has helped me demonstrate more discipline this week, in the areas of my life that have been lacking it. Sort of how the Bear and the Kettle help me with my mental diet!
When I looked up the dictionary definition for discipline, it was pretty intense:
the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience
I’m more of a carrot kind of person than a stick user, so I didn’t really resonate with that definition. Another take on the word is that it’s an activity or experience that provides training, I liked that definition much better!
I also learned that there are two types of discipline, internal (the one I was most familiar with) and external. Internal discipline is having self-restraint and external discipline is following societal norms, like not breaking the law. I hadn’t really thought of discipline in that way before, so it was nice to know that I’m also practicing discipline when I drive within the speed limit, don’t litter, or break the law in other ways! By considering both aspects of discipline I’m more than half-way there — it’s not just about practicing self-restraint in my eating or learning to follow the mental diet!
Another great quote I found about discipline comes from Jim Rohn:
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Reading that brought to my mind how we strengthen our discipline in MKE by making promises and keeping them. If I always keep the promises I write on my service card and plan of action, my subby is being trained to help me keep ANY promise I write in that way. Knowing that makes me think long and hard before making a promise now, on my cards or off — I want the bridge between my DMP and manifesting it to be as strong as possible!