Discipline – Now With 80% Less Willpower

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most

This month my word of the month is discipline.

Not the scary, willpower-y kind of discipline. I’ve never been good at that. Anything enforced immediately brings out the rebellious child in me.

I can’t diet because as soon as there’s something I can’t have it’s the thing I want most in the world. Even if I had zero interest in it before. White chocolate mud cake that I’ve spat out on previous occasions? Don’t mind if I do.

I recently gave up Coke Zero but can only stick to this by keeping a bottle in my fridge at all times and allowing myself to have it if I really want it (which ends up being about once every 3 or 4 weeks).

I find it impossible to do what I mustshouldhave to.

But I love this way of looking at discipline:

Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most. 

This perspective takes the harsh, perfectionistic charge out of self-control. It lets me step away from the whip and gives me a choice. It makes the decision all about things I want, rather than things I can’t have.

So I’m using this concept of discipline to help me with my goals this month.

Instead of forcing myself or trying to use willpower, I’m going to compare what I want now with what I want more.

Sometimes the chocolate or super-late night will win. That’s human nature. Or at least it’s mine.

But, when there’s this freedom of choice, often the things I want more will win.

How About You?

Do you like this way of thinking about discipline?

What’s your word for this month?

 
Michele | Get Organized Gal

Michele is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.

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