What does discipline mean to you? For some, it may mean never missing a day of work or school. For others, it may mean sticking to a strict, regimental workout plan or diet. Whatever you may be doing that involves a heavy amount of discipline, you are creating even more of a stronger person within. Discipline is not something everyone is willing to implement.
I find great pleasure in not taking the easy way out and conquering a difficult task which can only be conquered through discipline. For example, waking up at 5:30 to attend the 6 am yoga sculpt class is not as easy as it may seem. Some people wake up even earlier than that and I commend those people; however, 5:30 is quite early for me and it does take discipline and self-motivation. Of course, I would much rather stay in bed and sleep an extra hour, but what is that going to do for me in the long run? Ever since I moved to Austin, I have discovered my inner yogi and nothing feels better than completing a rejuvenating yoga class. Plus, it’s even better to get my workouts completed at the very beginning of the day, rather than worry about trying to squeeze it in later.
I also implement discipline when it comes to my culinary career. Being in culinary school, we have to be disciplined and focused, and I am proud to say that my listening skills have improved ever since I started. We are being trained to be successful chefs and businesspeople. To eventually be a head chef, you must be self-managed, motivated, focused, and very much disciplined. That’s what separates a boss or leader from the rest.
So, whatever it is you want to achieve – a healthier diet, a better body image, a promotion at work, A’s and B’s at school – you have what it takes! Stay strong, stay focused, and never give up on your goals. Once you accomplish one goal you will feel motivated to make and accomplish more goals. Also, it is important not to waste any time doing anything you do not truly love or feel content with. I recently had to resign from my job because I knew deep down it was not for me and it wasn’t the career I envisioned for myself. It wasn’t easy at all and it was hard for me to make a decision because I felt like a quitter, and I hate feeling like a quitter. I was even somewhat emotional while speaking to my boss about my feelings on the entire situation. However, I had to be honest to myself and to her. Thank goodness she was very understanding and kind.
Many of us do what we have to do every day because it is expected of us. We put our dreams and goals on the back burner, hoping there will be time for them later. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and do what truly makes you happy. If you are in a relationship you don’t enjoy anymore, get out. If you are unhappy with your self-image, make a diet and fitness plan to stick to. If you are tired of making crummy pay at work, quit and look for something else! The world is at your fingertips my friends, and it took me a while to figure that out. I can honestly say I am living now, outside of my comfort zone, and really enjoying learning more about myself.
Stay disciplined and be happy. Life is good!