I have been that girl. The one that promises to change all her bad habits and make better decisions in a week and still have time for Netflix. I realize that it sounds ridiculous now but not at the time. I am fantastic at making all these life changing announcements. Like how i’m going to work out more. Also learn how to cook. Wake up early to read my Bible even though I am not a morning person. So my take on discipline as you can guess has not been very effective. It looked like overcommit and then inevitably fail. I did not succeed at all the things I set out to do. To be honest I did not even succeed at some of the things I set out to do. Then comes the feelings of failure. It is not fun you guys. To beat myself down for not accomplishing any of my goals. It was a bad cycle let me tell you.
I did not have a good understanding of discipline. Recently though I have started to learn more about discipline. I even took a course on it with Hannah Brencher, who is an awesome, smart and humble boss lady. Seriously guys she is one of my favourite authors. One of my favourite people on the internet but I digress. The point is that I needed to learn how to effectively tackle the things I wanted to change in my life.
I was tired of being the girl that sets up way too many goals and fail to accomplish any of them. One of the biggest takeaways from Hannah’s course was starting small. Also to have a clear idea of what I needed to do in order to get where I wanted to be. She calls them baby steps. I used to think everything had to big and epic. That I did not need to consider the small stuff. Boy was I wrong! This get quick and get your life figured out plan of mine was seriously flawed. Like the get rich quick schemes on the internet. That was what my attempt at discipline looked like.
Life does not work that way. Habits don’t get formed over night just because you want them to. So I took the things I learned to heart. I decided to focus on two things. Right now I am working on exercising consistently and studying my Bible. The older I get the more important reading my Bible has been to me. So for the past 4-5 months I have been working on that. I have watched my time spent reading grow longer as well as become more consistent. It feels so GOOD! So much better than trying to change everything at once and failing.
The exercise thing was much harder for me. Exercise has never been a priority in my life. I have come to the point in my life though where I have realized that I need to invest on my health. So this girl joined a gym. A gym that is like a 2 minute drive from my house. Because let’s be honest even though I realize the importance of exercising I am not at the point where I will inconvenience myself to exercise. Truthfully I love the decision I made to work out. I love how I feel after I exercise. I am excited to see my body get healthier and fitter.
So here’s to picking one thing at a time and working on it. To the hard work and the struggling and the wins and accomplishments as well. Let’s be honest it won’t be easy but it will be worth it. The truth is there is no secret formula. NO shortcuts to this discipline thing. There is planning. There is finding accountability partners. There is praying for strength. But in the end you gotta do it. There is no way around the actual DOING of stuff. DOING of the stuff leads to habits being formed.
Cheering you on and wishing you luck!
Love. B. 🙂