There are few words that bring up

October 18th, 2011 by Patty Bear

There are few words that bring up such a mixed reaction as the D word.


Don’t think- just answer- where do you feel this word in your body?
Right in your gut, I’ll bet- a twinge of nausea mixed with admiration.

Harsh, punishment, fine character trait,  deprivation, others should have more of it, or just I don’t have any and it doesn’t sound like fun either.  Can you say “crack the whip”?  A twisted mix comes to mind.

But, if you’ve been following me for awhile then you know I do love the play of words and  exploring the original meaning of words.  So here we go!

Wikipedia says: discipline originally meant ” a systematic instruction given to disciples to train them as students in a craft or trade,”

And here’s a quote I gathered from David Campbell

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”

Isn’t that lovely?

Put the two of them together and discipline is really just being faithful in a systematic way to what you want.

In other words it’s just having a method and sticking with it.

Let’s explore this a little more.

What is the difference between discipline and deprivation?

Self discipline brings you more of what you want- deprivation does not.

Self discipline works- deprivation does not.

Self discipline comes from strength- deprivation does not.

Self- discipline feels good- deprivation does not.

I don’t believe you can have anything you really want – and keep it- through a mindset of deprivation.  Not weight, not money, not a relationship, or to reach a goal.

I’m always amazed at the extreme diets that make their way into the popular culture; the ways in which people are willing to deprive themselves for a dramatic weight loss- that does not last.

We may choose to cut back, cut out, or change  something, but if we do it from a mindset of deprivation it cannot succeed for long.  No living, growing thing is wired that way.

We are wired for abundance in the best possible way.

Self discipline is about giving up good for great. Can you feel the difference?
It’s about remembering what you really want.
Have fun playing!


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