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Some people just seem to have discipline to spare. These are the people who get up early every morning and exercise while the rest of us are drooling on our pillows.

These people can eat their veggies, say “no” to chocolate, never have McDonald’s, exercise daily, can turn the tv off after one show and don’t down an entire family size bag of chips in one sitting.

You know the type.
 

For those of us who battle with discipline as if it were Darth Vader and we were Bambi, these people are equal parts annoying and awe-inspiring.

How do they do it? 

I have almost no disciple. Even while working on this post I got distracted and started searching online for accessories for my son’s baby doll.

I can eat nothing but toast all day and be perfectly happy doing so.

According to the following article, “self discipline means that when you have something to do, you do it, regardless of whether you like it, or not”: http://www.eruptingmind.com/how-to-develop-self-discipline/

Ok, I’m out.

I’m a short-term pleasure seeker. If it’s not giving me immediate gratification, I have a difficult time maintaining anything.

The problem with this, however, is that I do have goals that I would love to achieve and in order to do so, I’m going to need some discipline. And, for some of these goals ever to be met, I will need a whole lot of discipline.

So, how does one become more disciplined if it does not come naturally?

I certainly cannot speak from experience, but here’s an interesting article on Forbes.com about proven methods for gaining self-discipline:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2014/06/18/5-proven-methods-for-gaining-self-discipline/#79b29d221698

Is it irony that becoming disciplined seems to require discipline?

Regardless, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I’m going to make this year a year of the pursuit of discipline.

I’ll add thoughts and updates occasionally and you can feel free to check-in on me and keep me accountable. Goodness knows I need the help.

Now, where did I put that chocolate bar…

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