Resolutions and discipline: A shift in focus for 2013
I don’t have any resolutions for 2013, but I have a word. Discipline. Why discipline? Because it is the one thing you need to achieve every resolution or goal.
So what are your resolutions for 2013? Exercise more? Eat healthier? Get a new job? Watch more TV?
We never lack resolutions or goals, but we often fall short in achieving them. Why is that? Regardless of what your goals are, discipline is the only way to actualize them. According to Jim Rohn, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
I think back to everything I accomplished last year: becoming certified as a trainer, starting my own business, moving into a new house, creating a successful blog and running a weekly boot camp. I was able to accomplish those things because I had discipline, or as Jon Acuff calls it, “hustle.” When I think about the areas where I wish I had done better in 2012, I realize it was a lack of discipline that held me back, not a lack of desire.
When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?
What are your big life goals? Instead of listing resolutions for the year, maybe you should instead focus on developing your discipline muscle. Got a novel you’ve always wanted to write? Want to run a marathon? Want to start your own business? That’s great. Focus on discipline and working hard, and don’t let up.
“We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” – Jim Rohn
Those of us who have good jobs, stable lives, and have our basic human needs met often fall into complacency. We don’t push for more. We don’t try new things or take risks. We play it safe and we leave our passions and dreams on the horizon. There is no urgency because we think we can always do it later. But what if we just did it now, and threw fear out the window?
This year, I challenge you to focus on your discipline, rather than your resolutions. If we all focus on our areas of passion, we can change the world, and we can definitely change ourselves.