“If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.” -William Feather-
When I first read this, I had to give it some thought. I mean in what way did I need to discipline myself? But then it hit me.
How many times had I planned my day, only to have someone or some life interference interrupt my plans?
I usually ended up changing my plans to accommodate the individual who suddenly had what they called an emergency or urgent need without regard to what I had planned.
Has that happened to you? It’s something we all need to think about. If you have goals and you are wondering why you not achieving them, give some thoughts to the interruptions you have allowed in your life.
We always want to be there to help our friends and family when they need us, but maybe we should ask questions. Is it so urgent it must be done now or could it be taken care of an hour or two later?
Often, we don’t want to appear selfish or self-center, so we put aside what we have planned to do to help others. Then we feel remorse when we see they are able to complete their goals while we are still trying to figure out what happened to our plans.
That’s where the discipline comes in. We must know what we want and then discipline ourselves to follow through on our plans. If you have set up your calendar correctly, when those interruptions happen, we can look to our calendar and say, “Unless this is a life or death situation, I am available at _______. Will that work for you?”
Family and friends who care about you, will recognize your commitment and support you. So get committed and discipline yourself to stick to your plans. You will be happier and everyone will cheer for you when you arrive at your destination.
Until next time, take care. lw