Yep. It’s out there, a big mean word that often brings the connotation of inconvenience, hard lessons, and down-to-earth-work.
Enter discipline. (Did I just see you cringe?) 😉
Definition according to the online Meriam Webster’s Dictionary…
- a) control gained by enforcing obedience or order.
- b)orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
- c) self-control
You know, sometimes I think to myself “Wouldn’t it just be a whole lot easier if people were naturally disciplined?” Think how much time, money and energy would be saved if everyone embraced self-control? Anyone in authority – policemen, judges, lawyers, politicians, and employers, – would announce a worldwide holiday to commemorate the astounding reformation!
But we don’t. Because discipline is uncomfortable. If there is something we humans will avoid with the greatest precision, its pain.
So, now we have the next big bad word lumbering into the spotlight. Ladies, may I introduce you to Procrastination.
Procrastination is a big fellow, as you can see, but do not fear. He’s just a big teddy bear at heart. He won’t make you do a single thing for him, except feed him. But before you call him a harmless dope, let me tell you something. Procrastination will render you completely incapacitated. He will steal every minute of your time by making you serve him, while at the same time, conning you with those words that make you feel that you are only doing your duty to him and yourself.
Procrastination is my worst enemy. I can understand what to do, how to do it, and all the nitty gritty details, but until I put the real grunt behind it, the project will just sit there. For eternity.
The funny thing is, I have no real reason to not do the project. Maybe it is simply something that could take all of 5 min. Sometimes its something much more substantial, but in all honesty, there is no logical reason for me to let procrastination to get the better of me. I’m trying to forestall…what? So, here’s the big secret to bumper blasting procrastination out of your life.
Just Do It.
I know, I know, very clever. But I can guarantee that it is 100% effective. Discipline is a hard thing to cultivate. Our natural selves will kick and scream against it, procrastination will holler for attention. But don’t for a minute let them bog you down. Do not think that you cannot train yourself. Just do it.
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” – Luke 16:10
“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”
Ps. Did I forget to mention that the woman of Proverbs 31 was disciplined? 😉