Walking the Spiritual Path Day 10

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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.

 

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