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Learning Discipline, Especially When You Don't Want To


I need to write. I do not want to write. But I have to because it's part of a commitment I made. If I don't write, I won't achieve my goals. I'll let myself down. And that will mean letting others down, too.

"Do what others won't today, so you can do what others can't tomorrow" (Jerry Rice). That's what I want. I want to be able to look back in a couple of years, and be thankful for all those moments when I made the choice to do something I knew would be good for me, even though I didn't always feel like it.

One thing I'm glad to be learning is the discipline to do this. My goal right now is to write, edit, and publish an article every day. I know this is what I need to do. And as I achieve this goal each day, the benefits will include exponential growth, bettering my craft, flexibility, and increased income.

I do not want to write at the moment. Starting the workday at 7am, and ending it at 10:30pm with only a few hours break in between is not how I would choose to spend my last day on earth.

But what I'm forcing myself to learn is the discipline it takes to get ahead. Truthfully, the fulfillment that comes after finishing a piece, and the pride that comes with practicing discipline is more than worth whatever inconvenience the work causes me.

You're not always going to want to put in the extra work it takes to propel you where you want to go. But learning this discipline is necessary to any success in any environment. Take it one day at a time.

What is it that you know you need to do to meet your goals and take you where you want to go? Tell yourself, "today, I am not going to bed until I do [X]," then hold yourself to that. After a few weeks, it will begin to get easier. Before you know it, you'll be living among the stars!