Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit and think about it. Go and get busy. Dale Carnegie
Today I am looking at self-discipline and taking action in my life. Given what a rich topic it is, I think I will be looking at this subject for a while. Sitting here right now, I suspect the ugly truth is that I have the self-discipline of a marshmallow. I am not proud of that. But sometimes the truth hurts, and I can’t change anything until I am willing to admit there is a problem.
I am not sure how I manage to get so little done. I feel productive. I tell myself I am busy. But the truth is that
many most things I want to get done are still sitting in the pile labeled “someday I am going to get to that.” This blog has been really helpful in getting me to look at things I conveniently push to the background of my mind. Now it’s time to look at the issue of self-discipline.
In looking at self-discipline, I am going to start with a simple activity: regularly doing a little house cleaning. I continually struggle with this. I spend more time beating myself up for what I am not doing than actually doing it. This is a pattern that disempowers me and makes me feel like my house and therefore my life is out of control. My house is not a pigsty. But I love a pristine house. It provides a sense of order I enjoy. As a being of order, it is refreshing and relaxing to have my house be organized, tidy, dusted and floors swept and mopped on a full time basis.
Approaching house cleaning, or anything I want to accomplish from this mental space provides a sense of accomplishment. It helps overcome those mind messages of “I can’t” and “it never works to try something different.” I know I have beliefs about house cleaning that don’t belong to me. They also don’t serve me. First I am going to get rid of these limiting beliefs by asking my higher mind to remove them. Then, I am going to take the next step of giving myself 30 minutes to do some housekeeping. That’s it. Just 30 minutes. I know part of my patterning is to look at something and say “Oh, I need hours and hours. I can’t possibly accomplish anything meaningful in 30 minutes.” Thus I never start to begin with. This is the inaction and lack of self-discipline I want to address.
Affirmation: Today my Higher Mind guides my every action both important and mundane.