According to the dictionary, discipline is:
- training to act in accordance with rules
- activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill
- behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control
In each of above mentioned definition I can clearly distinguish two things: rules and activities (or training). Rules establishes behavior and activities follow it. So that is discipline, but how about self-discipline?
Self-discipline is the ability to get myself to take action (activity or training) according to the specified rules regardless of my emotional state.
Imagine what I could accomplish if I could simply get myself to follow through on my best intentions no matter how I feel. The rules are my conscious decisions which comes from my intention. And I have intention to stay positive, healthy and energetic person. Without self-discipline that intention won’t become manifest. But with sufficient self-discipline, it’s a done deal.
The rules for self-discipline should be realistic and not too hard. The activities must flow naturally regardless of my emotional state. Simple rules of my life will be:
- 6:50 AM - Get up at, drink coffee, get awake.
- 7:30 AM - Meditation,
- 7:50 AM - Strength Exercise,
- 8:00 AM - Yoga practice ...
- 9:00 AM - Shower.
- 9:30 AM - Go to work.
I am starting this schedule... when? Well, it is effective immediately!
I am not waiting for New Year. I will blog every day about the practice. It will be great when my training produces something of value and I hope it will make me stronger.
Dear reader, this may sound simple and obvious, but this routine is extremely difficult. If I go to bed late at night it is impossible to get up for the practice. Self-discipline involves consideration of all areas in my life. So let it begin.