Life is wonderful. It is always throwing the things we need in our faces! There is a big, but to that, we need to be ready to see it. While I have already made my bed earlier today, instead, I just did the laundry, and we will explore why together.
First, let me share a quote with you for context:
“If you want to organise your psyche, you could start by cleaning up your room” Jordan B. Peterson
The current audiobook I am listening to is from Jordan B. Peterson; it is called: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. While I am just starting, you can recognize his values and concepts. One of them is perfectly represented by the quote above. Our room, and basically how our life is in order, tells a lot about ourselves as, in a way, it is ourselves. Between his monthly YouTube Q&A with his Patreons and his book, I kept hearing that idea from Peterson. On top of that, I recently struggled to work on my goals (daily routines), and my coach was sharing something quite similar.
I was explaining to my coach that it is hard to keep all the items of my routines because I was tired and stressed at times. So I ended up distracting instead of being productive in the hope I would feel better. In other words, I lacked self-soothing and self-care. The irony is that these very routines are where self-soothing and self-care are coming from. They are good for me, they are part of me, and they provide great benefits. I let excuses in the way of what I need to do, proclaiming that I am missing what these routines are providing me. How crazy?!
We do that all the time. It is not just me. I am likely to win money if we would bet you do it too… 🙂
Here is the key for today, making your bed is self-discipline, self-discipline is the foundations of life on our terms. We cannot have the experiences we want without self-discipline.
While I am listening to Peterson audiobook, I am also reading one of Robin S. Sharma’s book: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny. I will likely cover some aspects of that book soon, but in short, the main character managed to change his life by becoming a Monk following the teaching of the Sivana’s Monks. One of the keys to the chapter I am currently reading is all about time management and self-discipline.
When I say that life is wonderful, I meant it. In about two days, I have two authors and my coach who sent me a powerful message: be self-disciplined. Self-discipline is a muscle, it must be trained and exercised. Facing your fears, saying no to temptations that move us backwards towards our dreams, and pushing ourselves when we do not want to do it, that is self-discipline.
So while I am tired, hungry, and wants to sleep, tonight I will:
- Finish the laundry
- Do not have a snack
- Do my three gratitude items and the three things I want to let go off
- Write kind words to my wife as she sleeps to her friends’ place
- Finish that blog post so it can be published tomorrow morning
What is amazingly surprising is that just writing that list, gave me energy. It is the power of setting an intention and using our self-discipline.
Before I go, I have one last question for you: Will you make your bed tomorrow morning?
Thank you for your time and for reading this post.
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