A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering. – Dalai Lama XIV
I am writing a book at the moment and as exciting as this is, I am aware that in between work, family and life in general, I need to discipline my time to write.
Just like exercise, stillness and living in the moment, if we waited until we felt like doing it, we may never achieve anything. Self-discipline is a conscious act to practice regularly towards a goal or achievement.
That said, what I found crucial in moving forward is knowing the right time to start. Sometimes when we want something badly, we tend to force ourselves ahead before we are ready, and this only leads to exhaustion and frustration.
I wanted to write this book about three years ago but it wasn’t the right time. Each time I started to write, I got sidetracked and didn’t feel like anything was flowing. Infact, I wasn’t thinking about it this year either except, Hay House Publishing kept calling me weekly to see when I was starting.
After ignoring about four calls, I thought maybe I should listen and maybe I am ready. It wasn’t until I sat down to start, that I realised I was and once I opened the doors, I found an Editor and now I am really enjoying it.
Sometimes we are not ready to start a project or create changes in our life and that’s ok. What is important is that we listen to our intuition and watch for signs of synchronicity and flow towards our idea. Once we get the green light, the rest is up to us and that is where our self-discipline begins.
No matter what project or change you would like to start here are some ideas:
Write down your goals for the year, break them up to weekly, then daily.
Focus on one project at a time, this helps us listen to our intuition as well.
Commit to your project at the same time each day so you become conditioned to practice.
Finish the task you set out for the day, so there is a sense of achievement.
Watch for signs of synchronicity and flow and if you keep getting blocked, then stop.
Practice makes perfect, so even when you don’t feel like doing it, do it anyway, this is called progress!
I wish you all the best in everything you are working towards and never limit your true potential.