Day 21! We did it! We made it to Day 21! We may not have completed our Mega Project, but we stuck it out to today…Good for you all! Thank you for walking through this ebook with me you all.
So what does Day 21 teach us, because whether or not we began with a goal or not…completed a goal or not…we did learn something along the way. So what’s today about?
Today we’re talking about how discipline begets discipline. And that’s a truth isn’t it? I know back in July when I set a goal to exercise everyday except Sunday, not only did I exercise, I also ate better. I knew first hand the hard work it was taking to keep moving for better health and I was not going to let a bag of chips ruin that for me. Aaannnnddd…even if I did eat poorly (which you know I did), knowing full well how hard I had been working, I didn’t let it set me back. I just recommitted again and again and even again if I needed to.
“That’s the beauty of intentionally working on developing discipline: discipline begets discipline. When I am disciplined in one area, that resolve spills over into other areas.” 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
The author, Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom encourages us to make a list of all the improvements and progress you’ve seen over the last 21 days. Don’t dwell on the areas that still need some major work. Instead, be encouraged by the progress you’ve made.
Have you made your bed more than you did before we started our 21 Days? Have you at least started a major project and now some of your brain space is considering the possibility of actually finishing the project…one small task at a time?
Today is all about procrastination. And not even procrastinating the BIG stuff; no the little stuff, stuff that will take 2 minutes. Crystal Paine–Money Saving Mom, shares how clearing out these little tasks, we clear up a lot of brain space.
“Each time you clear brain space by getting a trivial task completed and off the list, you’re making room for heavy duty thought processes. Think about all of the problems you could solve, or all the ways you could let your creativity flow if you didn’t have a dozen nibbling tasks torturing your brain.” 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
I agree with the author. When I stop and think of all the little things..that seem like big things because there are so many…I really could get a lot crossed off a “To Do” list if I just went down the list, item by item.
For example, what would happen if I moved the laundry from the washer to the dryer the FIRST time I thought about doing it? Here’s what would happen…It Would Be Done! I would not walk by the machines and sigh, because, you know, the laundry needed to be switched.
What if I balanced the checkbook for 5 minutes each morning instead of putting it off for 2 weeks and spending waaaayyyyy tooooo long trying to reconcile something that would have taken me minutes if I would have done it initially.
?What is something small and quick you have been putting off?
Mine has been distributing the toilet paper. I order it from Amazon Prime monthly and then it just piles up in Chris’ closet until a frantic call from someone. So then I dutifully carry a package of rolls in to the bathroom…still wrapped in the plastic wrap mind you, and stick it in the cabinet.
Now why, for goodness sakes, do I not just gather the toilet paper up, take it all out of the plastic wrap and divvy it up between the bathrooms before it’s an emergency?
So, I’m going to do that today and mentally cross that off my imaginary list because who has to put that kind of remedial nonsense on a “To Do” list? Obviously me. There, you all should be feeling pretty good about yourselves right now in comparison.
Happy Friday to you girls! Today is Day 19 of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. Are you still with me? Have these 21 Days held more than you bargained for? But have you learned anything? If you’ve learned something…that’s all that matters.
These 21 Days are a speck in the realm of eternity. Heck it’s a speck of time in this earthly life…a mere 21 Days. But if you have learned something that you can take and use at some other point, then following along in this series was well worth any time or money invested don’t you think?
There is no way I am going to have my Mega Project completed by Day 21. But I learned how to approach any big task and those tools will serve me the rest of my life. So I consider this process of reading through 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life a complete win.
Enough about me, let’s see what Money Saving Mom has to say about Day 19. She starts off by quoting Mandi Ehman,
“So what’s the key to success? Simply put: Get it done early. This principle applies to your home and family life as well as your business. Whenever possible, get it done–what ever it may be–done early and eliminate the stress and frustration of being pulled in a million different directions. 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
Unfortunately, she’s absolutely right. I say unfortunately because I’d rather ________ and then _______ and have it all work out to perfectly done as stress less as possible. But that’s not how it works. The really important things in life can’t be put off and they can’t be done “whenever.”
?What is it you put off and is it time to just do it?
I was asked last night about my Mega Project of organizing 4 years worth of digital pictures. I’m still working on them, slowly. I ran into some problems when I realized that moving things around on the computer can alter how quickly and easily you get to things…meaning I messed some things up, not bad I’m sure, but I don’t know enough computer stuff to reason my way out of a problem.
Anyway, today is a great day in our journey. Crystal Paine, Money Saving Mom, encourages us to embrace our uniqueness.
“You are an amazingly unique woman, created in the image of God with your own unique looks, talents, body, home, struggles, triumphs, laughs and sorrows.” 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
We could end right there for today couldn’t we? Just sit back a minute and soak that up girls…please.
I don’t have a question for you today. I have a command–pretty please. I want you to identify:
1 Gift 1 Talent 1 Ability
This is more important than any Mega Project–trust me. If you need help, call a friend, ask your husband, talk to your mom or ask us here at Suscipio if you’ve commented with some regularity so we at least kind of know you.
“Do you see how much energy you’re potentially wasting pining after other people’s lives? It’s time to stop comparing and instead channel that energy and frustration into effecting change in your life.” 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life
When I first read that, I thought it said “Pinning” as in Pinterest. Not a bad assumption I think.
One of the simplest ways to organize your life is to pay attention to your own life. You heard me, pay attention to your own life. Put your time, energy and talent where it belongs first and you will have more of the life you desire and less to despise about yourself and your life. I know, that sounds kind of BFF–best friend firm–but you can handle it.
“But I’m supposed to be the hands and feet of Christ; I’m supposed to go and preach to all the nations and make followers of all men,” you cry. Yes, of course you are, but do what needs to be done at home first and then give the world what’s left…not the other way around. Do not give your vocation–your call from almighty God–what’s left over after the world has had its way with you.
So, let’s offer ourselves our best selves. Stop comparing yourself to your Pinterest boards, your neighbor, the woman in the grocery line or the family at Church. Pray about what God wants from you and then make a plan to make it happen. Just getting started will create the momentum to help keep you going.
?Are there certain people, places or things you need to start avoiding because, at this point in your life, they only bring discontent instead of inspiration?