Discipline is the ability to carry out a resolution long after the mood has left you– Susan Smith Jones
This time of year we make resolutions to improve ourselves in some way. We get a strong start and eventually our good intentions peter out and we are back to our old habits and behaviors.
This is where we need a bit more than intention and resolve. We need discipline!
Discipline means: Activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training.
The skill that needs developing is not so much what you are trying to improve upon for your resolution, but the skill of follow through: Perseverance.
The day to day execution of your resolutions will be easier when you remember the goal without getting caught up in it. The first priority is to focus on attaining your goal one day at a time. Step by step at a realistic pace, a healthier, happier, more centered life will emerge. It’s worth it.
Do you have perseverance in your new goals? If not, what do you think is getting in your way? Let me know in the comments below.
Have you ever fully realized that life is, after all, merely a series of habits, and that it lies entirely within one’s own power to determine just what that series shall be?– Ralph W. Trine
At the beginning of the year we resolve to make changes at home and work and before we know it, we are back to the same behaviors and habits.
What I find is helpful is structure and making it approachable and inviting.
If you are trying to begin a meditation and centering practice, try this:
- Find a space in your home or office and make it inviting and comfortable.
- Create a ritual: It only takes s short time to create a habit. Do your practice every day, even if you don’t want to. Set up a time each day, the same time would be preferable but not necessary.
- As prep before meditation and centering practice, take a moment to prepare. Do something to calm and quiet your mind. Some examples are: Breathing, yoga, listening to music, lighting incense, walking, etc.
- If this is a new practice, start at no more than 5 minutes a day and slowly increase to up to 30 minutes each day.
- Leave your watch and cell phone in another room. If time is a concern use a timer with a soft alarm.
Let me know in the comments below how this worked for you and if you were able to create your space. If you did not, what do you think got in your way?