Notable Quotable – Discipline

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.                  ~ Jim Rohn

Isn’t this sure the truth?! For without discipline, we may never achieve goals. Sometimes I find it hard to be disciplined, especially when it comes to my writing. I’m the least disciplined writer ever…which is why I’ve never finished my book. I don’t know why I shy away from it. Probably lack of confidence. But if I would only insist on some disciplined habits, I might just be able to leave that lack of confidence far behind me.

I shy away from discipline because it involves restraint…restraint from doing what I want to be doing instead of doing what I should be doing. I can’t say that I’m completely undisciplined. Obviously I have a good degree of discipline as I’ve been self-employed for over twenty years and a good portion of those years were spent in the advertising business. There is real discipline involved in that business because it revolves around hard and fast deadlines. So I know I have the ability to be disciplined. I just need to make myself be disciplined when it comes to writing.

When considering self-discipline, one has to persist at difficult or unpleasant tasks until they’re completed. Well, I did that with my garage a few months ago. I stuck at it until I got it all cleared and cleaned out. That was successful discipline. I’ve just succeeded in cleaning out two spare rooms over the last few weeks too.

But on the other hand, I am the queen of procrastination…even on projects that I very much want to complete (like my book). I need to work on developing some effective discipline habits.

How do you get disciplined? What has worked for you? Rewards? Incentives? If you are a writer, how do you make yourself sit down and write? What gets you motivated? What are your tricks of the trade?

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8 thoughts on “Notable Quotable – Discipline

  1. I need more self-discipline of late. I’ve always been disciplined with clearly purposeful goals before me like those presented by a job, but now being unemployed and on my own my goals are becoming less defined. Time to regroup I think and administer some serious self-discipline. So far it’s not been happening for me.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Unless I have to do something I only complete a task if I want to. I keep saying ‘ah life’s too short’ which is my code for ‘I couldn’t be bothered’ or ‘I’m too lazy’.
    Sometimes if I know I have to do something I share my hope with my OH or friends and they can try to keep me focused.

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    • That’s how I am Tric! I feel like I’ve gotten lazy in my old age. 🙂
      Having friends keeping you on task with gentle encouragement sounds like a good plan…

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  3. I swear, you and I were separated at birth, Michele! 😀 Self-discipline isn’t my strong suit either. It could be age-related; people tend to relax more as they get older (at least, that’s my story 😉 and I think are more easily distracted. Then there’s burnout, which happened to me after many intense years in the corporate world, where constant discipline was necessary, as you said.

    Procrastination is another trait we share. I’ve put off and put off re-writing a memoir I wanted to publish some time ago. I went through a couple of hellish years recently and it left me with a “life is short – enjoy it” attitude. Goals? Ambition? Nah! I’m just “going with the flow”.

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    • Going with the flow is so much more enjoyable than planning, I think. And you’re right: I have waayyy slowed down and quit being so goal oriented as I’ve gotten older. I just don’t care anymore! 🙂 I guess I need to not beat myself up for slacking…

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  4. Oh boy I can be disciplined in some things but in others, it doesn’t take me long to get distracted..in fact I look for it! It’s funny when I read “rewards” I pictured myself as a seal clapping my find waiting for a smelly fish to be thrown to me:)

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