You’ve probably heard the story about putting your big rocks in first. If you fill your metaphorical jar with pebbles, sand and water, there’s no room left for the big rocks. I’ve been neglecting my big rocks for years.
I recently found my old journal from 2001. It’s full of strategies, schedules, goals and affirmations about losing weight, having more energy, not yelling at my kids, creating a peaceful home, and inspiring others. About half way through, the journal entries skip ahead to 2003, then 2005. And it’s the same thing. Over the course of 5 years I expressed the same plans and desires again and again and again. Today I still have those desires.
So why, if I’ve felt this way for 10 years, haven’t I taken action? Seth Godin calls it the Lizard Brain. I call it lack of discipline.
I’ve recently been immersing myself in personal development resources, trying to answer one question: “What’s it gonna take?” I know I have it in me, so WHY am I not moving forward? But wait… what if I don’t have it in me?
This is my time to find out. My life’s been on cruise control for several years. Now I’m putting my foot on the gas. It’s time to get those big rocks in the jar. (And if I can’t, it’s time to find some new rocks.)
What are my big rocks? Simply put, fitness, patience, and independence. I want to lose weight and gain physical strength and energy. I want to stop yelling and over-reacting and create a loving, peaceful, sanctuary of a home for my family. I want to learn to be more self-reliant in terms of growing and preserving my own food, and cultivate a community of people who want to be less dependent on retail and the government.
The Discipline Project is about taking action and making choices that will create the reality you desire. It’s about overcoming inertia. It’s about living with mindfulness and purpose and acting with intentional, continual motion. Act, don’t react.
Through this blog, I hope to learn more about motivation, self-reliance and making permanent changes. I’d love to help you do the same.
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