My Challenge Today:

A muscle …

By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC


 

I think self-discipline is something,

it’s like a muscle.

The more you exercise it,

the stronger it gets.

~ Daniel Goldstein

 


 

Self-discipline is like a muscle … it needs exercise. When I set a goal to do anything, I have to commit myself and exercise a little (or a lot) of self-control to do the work that is necessary to achieve the goal, right? Self-discipline is an exercise in self-control, a commitment to me, myself and I. The more I exercise a muscle correctly and safely, the stronger the muscle becomes.

 

When I say — exercise a muscle, correctly and safely — what I mean is to take into consideration the big picture. I want to look at the big picture of my goal, what does it look like when it is complete?

 

  • What are the steps necessary to achieve that particular goal?
  • What are the possible pitfalls that could prevent my success?
  • What can I do to troubleshoot those pitfalls?
  • How can I establish a strong foundation to build my success upon?
  • How will I monitor my achievement?
  • How will I navigate the path to my success?
  • How will I know when I have reached my goal?

 

It is vitally important to establish some milestones on the path to success. What are the landmarks that will indicate I am on the right path? How will I measure my progress, alter my plan as necessary and keep myself motivated along the journey?