I’m not very disciplined.
Well, let me take that back. I’m not very self-disciplined about SOME things. Self-discipline is very inconsistent.
I don’t always meditate, although I want to establish a regular practice.
I don’t always eat right, although I want the benefits of a great diet. I’ve never met a donut I didn’t like.
I don’t always exercise, although it’s something I think about. Especially after having a donut.
The other day I read that self-discipline is about making the higher choice again and again.
Two key phrases struck me: higher choice and again and again.
Viewing things that are good for our mental, physical and emotional health as the higher choice casts them in a whole new light: one that I hadn’t considered before. Being good to ourselves is not just for the obvious physical and mental well-being we’ll get but also has a spiritual component.
Again and again acknowledges that each day we are given choices. We can change our mind at any time. I think that makes it harder but it also gives us second chances. Establishing good habits is all about making the higher choice each time we’re presented with options. That’s how habits are established.
I’m not sure why this struck me as such a significant message, but since it did, I’m hoping that this new view —of things that sometimes seem harder than I wish they were—will help me exercise self-discipline and make the best choice each time.
I’d love your thoughts about this.