A martial arts student went to his teacher and said earnestly, “I am devoted to studying your martial system. How long will it take me to master it.”
The teacher’s reply was casual, “Ten years.” Impatiently, the student answered, “But I want to master it faster than that. I will work very hard. I will practice everyday, ten or more hours a day if I have to. How long will it take then?”
The teacher thought for a moment, “20 years.”
We live in a society that is obsessed with “Quick Fixes.” Of course we can always find one for every problem, however, the results never address the real issue and often we end up back where we started.
We have quick fix diets, we have quick fix remedies for depression or anxiety, credit cards and loans to attain whatever we desire quickly and the list goes on. At some point we need to acknowledge that most of our problems have accumulated over many years and if we are to face them head on, we need time, self-discipline and patience to see changes.
Gen Y X and Z are all in a hurry to get things quickly. My twenty year old daughter often talks about moving in and renting beautiful apartments or houses and is surprised when I look at her perplexed, suggesting she may have to climb a few mountains before she gets to the top.
Certainly, being disciplined does not mean living a limiting or a restrictive lifestyle or, does not mean giving up everything we enjoy.
It does mean learning how to focus our mind and energies on our goals and dreams and persevere until they are accomplished. It means cultivating a mindset whereby we are ruled by our deliberate choices rather than by our emotions, bad habits, or the sway of others. It means getting up everyday whether we like it or not and practising our disciplines so we can heal and see our dreams fulfilled.
These suggestions have helped me:
Learn what motivates you and what triggers the habits you want to stop.
Use self-discipline to create good routines everyday.
Start with baby steps and be patient for changes and your routine.
Visualise yourself already completing your goals and your desired outcome.
Practice and be patient, knowing these are long-term lifestyle changes rather than short-term.
Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them. – Jim Rohn