“Our greatest weakness is the weakness of an undisciplined mind.” Marianne Williamson
The day started off with a list of things to accomplish, energy surged as the reward of completing the list was an hour of exercise. In a few minutes the schedule already suffered a setback. An email that should have taken five minutes to respond to, took 45 minutes. The only meeting of the morning was missed and that meant finding out what happened. It wasn’t long before the items on the list weren’t the things that were going to get done. The vision of having a whole hour to exercise shrunk to 30 minutes, then 15 and then put off until tomorrow.
Our days don’t start off with the idea that before 9:00AM all the plans for the day are ruined. We start off with the greatest of intentions and then “IT” happens. Something will happen to shift the day in a direction that doesn’t even remotely resemble the original things that needed to get done. What would it be like to start and finish a day the way it was planned?
Often the disruptions to the desired goals that you had for the day really should be done. It is those things that push you off the desired path. Combating disruptions takes a disciplined mind.
A disciplined mind is a habit just like other routine activities in your life, it takes at first a conscious effort to create the patterns needed to stay on task. It takes “will power” to maintain the original focus and to stay away from doing things that while interesting don’t move you towards your real goals. Be self-disciplined and avoid being lazy. The laziness factor is accepting that other things that enter into your day are a priority. If the things you had planned for yourself are important to accomplish then nearly anything else that gets added should be added to the end of the list not at the top.
How do you create a disciplined mind?
1. Take action – don’t put anything off.
2. If it is important make sure it gets done.
3. If it isn’t important don’t do it.
4. Avoid being lazy. Do it now.
It is really easy to put off what should be done and do what doesn’t need to be done. It is easy to be lazy and hard to get what needs to be done, DONE.
If it were easy people would be able to keep a New Year’s resolution. If it were easy people would be getting more done in less time.
If it were easy people would have the time they need to do the things they want to do.
If it were easy people would discipline their minds.
“What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that’s another matter.” Peter F. Drucker