Self Discipline, Steve Pavlina uses the acronym AWHIP as many people associate self-discipline with whipping themselves into shape and Steve did a six part
blog on this. Steve is a hero of mine and this blog is a great example, but Steve Pavlina’s basic premise is off.
As a dyslexic I learnt early the necessity of self discipline. Self discipline meaning the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state. My teachers thought I was thick, as being dyslexic wasn’t recognised. But due to willpower, hard work industry and discipline I was able to achieve reasonable results. So I finished schooling with 4 ‘A’ Levels and a place to university.
By applying self discipline,
following through on my best intentions to achieve my gaols, to my career I rose from trainee estimator to Managing Director and multimillionaire with a large house and a place in the country.
Then came a recession and I had to make a lot of staff redundant and one guy committed suicide and left a note blaming me. This got me questioning the meaning of my life and life itself and the assumption that more material things was good, does the person with the most toys win? And if so what does s/he get as a prize? To feel better richer more superior than our fellows?
Before embracing self discipline get really clear on your life’s purpose. Not sure, this free course will help.
But perhaps your lifes purpose might encompass, growing personally, making a difference/helping others and having FUN.
Once you have discovered your lifes purpose and passion you can then set great goals to achieve that. Like help in achieving your Goals then register for this free Goal setting course or try this amazing planner and task manager.
And you can then transmute hard work for fun.
Look at kids playing is that hard work or fun? Kids play for hours and so called ‘lazy’ adolescents can spend vast amount of time either on their x-boxes or social media platform without any cajoling. That’s an epitome of perseverance.
So yes self discipline, with acceptance of where you are now, Willpower to provide the initial burst of enthusiasm, hard work, Industry and persistence. It takes 10 to 14,000 hours to gain mastery of a subject or activity are all useful tools.
But please, please harness these tools of self discipline to your life’s purpose, whatever that is, but maybe your life’s purpose might encompass personal growth, helping others or making a difference. Whatever it is it should be fun and bring pleasure.
How much self discipline do you need to have fun.
What would your life look like if one of your top goals was to have fun.
I get a lot of pleasure seeing the erratic flight of a butterfly and I see beauty as the sun arises and reaches out cradles this amazing planet and the lingering embrace as it rays light up the clouds as it’s saying goodnight. And what is more fun and more adorable than friends and/or lovers laughing at something.
Live in the moment it’s a present
Love greatly and unconditionally
Laugh at life, funny things and self
PS. Want help unearthing your life’s purpose and living it? Your personal life coach can help you, but this life coach will only help if you want more fun. And then I can help you live a life on purpose and have more FUN.