Author of “Enough,” blogger and meditation writer for Yoga Bird, Kate Elizabeth Conner, hits home for me with her thoughts and experiences on self discipline or the lack thereof! I too have learned through the years that my self-control (with food) must take place in the grocery store, not while I’m in the middle of an episode of “Mad Men.” Kate frames this lifestyle so well and puts it into words for us to ponder and apply to our own journeys.
“I am really great at doing the right thing when the right thing is my only available option.
I am awesome at not buying brownie mix. I can’t remember the last time I purchased the stuff.
I am less awesome at not eating brownies. I CAN remember the last time I ate brownies for breakfast, lunch,and dinner – it was the last time I bought brownie mix.
In sum, I am THE BOMB at not eating brownies…as long as there are no brownies around.
The times that I’ve been the most disciplined and put together in my life were not thanks to me – they were thanks to a total lack of options.
I don’t think of myself as a very disciplined person. Homework was never really my jam. Neither was balancing my checkbook. I could take it or leave it, and by that, I obviously mean that I left it. Disciplined people are the kind of people who can see brownies and think, “I am only going to eat one of those.” Disciplined people can mind-over-matter stuff. They can, say, just GET UP when the alarm goes off. They can stick to the plan. ANY PLAN.
“I am learning to organize my life in such a way that makes the right things easier and the wrong things tougher.”
I am the pits at that breed of self-discipline. What I am is a pretty decent self-scheduler.”
Continue on and read her full blog post here. It’s spot on and as always, Kate writes with the perfect blend of kindness, humor and snark. 🙂
May 29, 2014