Each year thousands of people make decisions and resolutions to help change their lives for the better. Making the resolution is only the first step in making the change behind that resolution a reality. What most people forget is that change requires a great deal of personal discipline to accomplish. How do we develop the needed discipline to accomplish our goals for the New Year?
Recognize that Serious Change is difficult
One of the lies that most people tell themselves is that they can change their behavior or patterns of behavior any time that they want to. The problem is that this is simply not true. Habits and patterns of behavior take time to develop. Can we honestly think that those patterns are going to change overnight? A habit takes only twenty-one days to develop but will take an average of fifty to sixty days to break. Habits develop quickly and change slowly. Any serious change that we desire is never going to be easy and the discipline is the means of accomplishing our goals. The first step in making personal changes is an honest recognition about the need for discipline.
Discipline is the change agent for life
Without personal discipline, there would be no possible way to experience change. Discipline is simply having the desire and the will to accomplish something in life. Some disciplines we exercise on a daily basis. These might be as simple as the development of a bedtime or morning routine. We need discipline to establish behaviors like an exercise schedule for each day. Discipline is part of our daily life but seldom do we recognize it. Discipline is not just part of the way we behave but becomes a part of who we can become. It is nearly impossible to accomplish anything of lasting value in life without personal discipline.
Discipline is a training of the mind
Discipline is first a training of the mind. Before anything becomes a part of our routine or our behavior, it must be processed mentally. The mind is either, an incredible tool for accomplishing great things or it is our greatest obstacle to overcome. Many people never accomplish great things in life simply because they do not think or believe that they can. We will never overcome the lowest level of our personal thinking. We can make a resolution but if we do not believe we can accomplish it, we never rise above that thinking.
Discipline is a training of the will
The majority of our behaviors are a product of our mind and our will. Will power is having spirit or drive. We have to have the will to accomplish difficult things. Desire is the driving force behind decisions we make and the power behind the changes we are able to create.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to make the time to write more. It is going to take discipline to accomplish this plan. I will need to adjust my personal and professional schedules to make more time for research and for writing. I will need to change some of the habits that I have developed regarding my writing. I will also need to adapt some new disciplines to the process of my writing. Discipline is going to be the key to accomplishing my goals. The same is true for you. Take those resolutions and add some discipline to make those desired changes a personal reality.