Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
This quote has particular significance to me because of an internship I did in college. Essentially, a student takes off at the beginning of summer to go sell educational materials door to door for 80 hours a week in a city they’ve never been, living with people they don’t know, and relies 100% upon themselves. When your car gets a flat on a country road in the middle of nowhere, there is no calling mom and dad or a buddy to come help. You fix it yourself, then you move on.
When you have gone half a day and haven’t seen a living soul under the age of 60 (keep in mind you’re selling kids books and software), you have to make a decision. Do I keep going, or do I stop and feel sorry for myself?
In those times, I had to dig deep and find my purpose. Quite a few of those kids who came out “for experience” didn’t even know what that meant. “Experience” doesn’t really mean anything to you when the last 5 people have slammed the door in your face, you’ve had the cops called on you multiple times (I was very threatening in my collared shirt, khaki shorts, visor, and fanny pack), you haven’t sold anything all day, and you forgot your lunch in your roommates car as she dropped you off that morning at 7:30 am.
What meant something to me was not quitting, not giving up, and finding strength to keep going AND have a positive outlook through the suck. It’s easy to be in a good mood and get things done when everything is going well. What shapes your character and defines you as a man or a woman, is how you deal with adversity and doing things you don’t want to do.
I don’t always WANT to go workout. I don’t always WANT to finish.
I do it because it is what I said I would do.
I do it because I have goals in my life that I want to achieve.
I do it because every little step, every minute decision, every choice I make is leading me towards those goals.
And although it may suck, you may be tired, and you don’t want to do what you said you would do, I never REGRET it. I always REGRET not doing it. Waking up early? Going to the gym? Picking the healthier option on the menu? I don’t want to live my life with regret.
So I choose discipline.
What will you do today to work towards your goals? Tell me about your self discipline. It is a constant battle, a daily struggle, but it gets easier.
A wise man once told me that if you can do it once, you can do it twice. If you can do it twice, you can make it a habit. Go make some new good habits today.