A big part of self-discipline is acknowledging the aches and pains that keep you from DOing. These include:
The Pain of Getting Up (Laziness)
When you exercise muscles, they hurt. I believe the proverbial phrase of encouragement is “Feel the Burn.” The discomfort that accompanies any strenuous physical or mental activity burns because your muscles rip and rebuild. Your brain gets tired and your ability to focus deteriorates temporarily. You are growing. You are, literally, forcing yourself to grow…like a plant. This is an amazing ability.
The Pain of Judgement
Remember that time Uncle Joe left his glass of red wine sitting on a rug in a room full of hyper children?
No? What about that girl who got trashed at the party and decided to drive to Canada via the sidewalk?
If you don’t remember these events, it’s because I made them up. The point is that those kinds of people exist. In fact, all people have a little of that person in them. People are not perfect. These include your blog readers/people watching you at the gym/the veteran dancers on the dance team you’ve been meaning to join. Remember this the next time you get scared of what others think about you.
The Ache of Existential Uselessness
If you are the kind of person who sees life as pointless because we will all die, then fine, be that way.*
The Pain of Success
I envision two possible “aches” related to success…
- As success grows, you’ll be scrutinized more often. If this is your particular gripe with productivity, please view the above “Fear of Judgement” portion of this post.
The Ache of Insecurity
I do believe much of this devilish work bubbles up from subconscious pools of thought. As Psychology Today has made clear, one cannot consciously access the subconscious and cannot, therefore, do any maintenance there. I will say though, that much of ones confidence derives from how closely they adhere to their personal success gauge. If you move towards your life vision everyday, no matter what the roadblocks, you will inevitably have reason to be confident.
I would imagine that there are plenty more hindrances to being productive and disciplined. Any of you out there encounter some other monstrous roadblock to your success? Leave a comment!
*Please Note: Doing gives you something to do while you die. Might as well make whatever you choose to do rewarding, progressive and fun. If you play video games, this should make sense to you.