We’re four days into our self-love challenge, I’ll admit that I’m struggling. From starting my week off working double shifts, to experiencing both excitement and anxiety surrounding my upcoming Mexico trip, it has been hard to squeeze in that vital ‘me time,’ that this challenge is all about. I checked in with Genesis and spent a few quiet moments alone, but I fell short of getting yesterday’s post out. Discipline slipped, but instead of beating myself up, I spent some time reflecting this morning on how I can and will improve. I came up with these common roadblocks to discipline and how I plan to overcome them.

  1. A busy schedule. This week, I can make the argument that my schedule is too busy. The week before a trip is always hectic for me. I never truly relax until I have arrived at my destination. But, I worked 12 hours on Monday and Tuesday and still found the discipline to complete my self-love rituals and publish my posts. So, what really went wrong? Well, exhaustion went wrong. Yesterday, I planned to get up at 6 a.m to meditate, do my daily affirmations, and journal, but I overslept, and had to go straight to work. I worked, ran errands, cooked, and started packing. Then, I looked at the clock and it was 11 p.m. Where had my day gone? To overcome this, I am going to focus on putting myself first. My daily obligations should never take a backseat to my mental and emotional well-being. Cheers to correcting mindsets this month! 
  2.  Viewing discipline as punishment. Sometimes, the biggest roadblock to discipline is the mere idea of discipline. I mentioned in my previous post that I think of discipline as a punishment. For me to become more disciplined, I have to change my perception. Self-control is not a bad thing. It actually speaks maturity, and the more control I have over my own mind and my perceptions, the more productive I can become. Generally, I feel better about myself when I stick to my plans and accomplish a goal. I cannot accomplish anything without discipline So, I am going to equate discipline with feeling good. 
  3. Expecting instant gratification. I get it. We do things with a positive end result in mind. It’s the human way. You’re lying to yourself if you say you don’t like the feeling of instant gratification. However, when it comes to discipline, you cannot expect or rely on that feeling to keep you going. This has always been an issue for me. I write a great deal about ‘the struggle’ because I feel like it is the most important part of life. Discipline is an absolute requirement during your struggle. You either have enough of it to live yourself out of the struggle, or you let the struggle become your life. To overcome the instant gratification expectation, I am going to train my mind to view discipline as a vehicle by which I get to a happy place. It’s my car, and I can’t get to San Diego without it. 

I’ll let you guys know how these tactics are going  at the end of the challenge.

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