21 Days to a More Disciplined Life–Day 4Posted by Jenny on Sep 12, 2013 in Blog, Book Club | 16 comments
Are you all still with me? The comment box seem a little quiet. Does that mean you all are working hard, or hiding quietly? Your voice of success may just be the motivation someone needs here on Day 4. Your struggle this early in the game may also be a source of encouragement for someone. We all need someone with us, whether we’re at the front of the pack or a straggler at the back.
Hello Day 4. And yes, it was hard to choose just one habit to focus on, thank you for asking.
Instead of trying to implement two dozen habits at once, pace yourself. Just focus on one habit at a time. Yes, it takes longer to actually see big changes, but those changes will be long lasting.
21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
Oh boy am I the queen of wanting to change it all at once; that in itself is a habit isn’t it? And I think that habit comes straight from hell. If we can be kept in a state of discouragement, we won’t be effective, joyful Christians. Think about how we feel when we are discouraged–we beat ourselves up. We use those damming words, “always” and “never” and our whole attitude stinks. Nothing gets accomplished and what does actually get done, is done poorly. And all because we thought we could change everything–down to our DNA–in one fell swoop. Wouldn’t we be more effective if we had one success rather than a laundry list of failures?
?So have you completed the “Practical Application” yet. Hmm, 15 minutes to write a list of all the good habits I want to develop and the bad habits I want to root out. This should be interesting huh?
Can I make a suggestion here? Don’t be vague. That is such a disservice to you and a waste of your precious time. Do not write down, “be more patient.” Everyone single person, save a few could write that down and every single person who did write it down would not accomplish it because it’s vague (imprecise, uncertain, fuzzy, unclear, unsure, generalized, indefinite, ill-defined, loose…I hope listing some of the synonyms helped you to see how self defeating that would be.)
Instead, “I will be patient when I’m cooking dinner and the baby is crying at my knees.” or “I will patiently help my child with algebra even if I think some of the questions in the book are ridiculous.” or here’s one more, “I will patiently sit in my car during rush hour traffic thanking God for __________.”
See how much more attainable “being patient” is when it is clearly defined. And chalk one up in the win category when you’ve accomplished the specified “patient” task at hand.
?How does your top three look? Were you specific enough to make them doable? Can you actually see yourself practicing these new goals?
?Are you up to step 4 in your “Mega Project?”
I feel like I’m still at Step 1 because I’m still plugging pictures into folders. But maybe that is my Step 4…”Keep Plugging Pictures into Folders.”
?How can we encourage you today? Are you stuck on a step or discouraged that a step is taking longer than you thought?
?How can you encourage us today? Have you made it further along that you expected? Did you clear a hurdle you thought you’d be stuck at? Have you accomplished Steps 1-4 and want to share? Don’t be afraid of bragging–your victory may be the encouragement we need.
This is Day 4 of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
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