Updated: Dec 26, 2019
2019 for me, is all about harnessing/practicing discipline, and acting on all of the ideas I have instead of continuing to let them marinate in my brain… because what good is that?
If you know me on a personal level, you know that I’m very “go with the flow” and that I don’t really like making solid plans.
I’m not really sure where this came from.
I grew up in a family that is very plan orientated and disciplined - maybe it was my form of rebelling? Or because my parents are divorced and I was shuffled between them, I’m just used to going with the flow? Or because I’ve been disappointed from the expectations that come from plans, that it’s my way of reducing expectations? Who knows…
Regardless of where this comes from, I am aware of this being a huge part of my constitution. I am also aware of its pitfalls, and that ultimately instead of it giving me freedom, it keeps me playing small.
Discipline is what will ultimately give me the freedom I crave
For those of you who have a similar experience, I wanted to share some of the ways I am working on harnessing discipline into my life.
🐸 My friend once told me that when she has a lot of things she has to do, she gets up in the morning and does all of those things right away, she calls it “eating the frog for breakfast.” I’ve found this to be a really great practice, which ends up leaving me energized for the day because I’m so proud of myself for actually getting them done, and before lunch!
🚿 Ending my shower on cold. This may seem like a weird one, I know. BUT. There’s something about mind control going on there, the discipline of being able to stand in a cold shower for 5-10 breaths before getting out and proving to yourself that you can do it, proves that you can do a lot more than you think, even if your mind is telling you no.
✨ Kundalini yoga. The body positions and breath work that you have to stay in for long periods of time, really create a discipline in me that is unlike any other I have experienced. Just when I think I can’t hold the position any longer, I force myself to. Once I’ve accomplished the entire meditation without giving up, I have the greatest sense of gratitude within me. It not only harnesses discipline, but it also gives me a great sense of pride and love for myself.
🕯Candle staring meditation. Yes. Staring (no blinking) at a candle (or anything really) until your eyes are burning and watering, for any duration of time. This is not an easy task. It’s one of my favorite forms of meditation because it takes discipline and work, while really clearing the mind. I think you’ll actually be really surprised what happens when you do this… These things ultimately have to do with getting your mind out of the way, and just doing it!
Doing the little things, will spill over into your every day life tasks and make the “adulting” things easier to bare and also help light the fire under your butt to get your amazing ideas out into the world!
I hope these little tid bits help you, if you are like me trying to harness in discipline in 2019!