Discipline Promotes Diligence

“The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”
~~Lee Iacocca

For the past couple of weeks we’re been posting principles based on a beautiful success acronym I’ve been sharing with you, BE MADE. Today I’ll share with you the 5th principle which begins with the letter D, DISCIPLINE PROMOTES DILIGENCE.

So far, we’ve learned from this amazingly simply acronym how (B) Being a prowess of love, (E) Engaging in simplicity, (M) Motivation bring change, (A) Act immediately when inspired, are essential and could be very instrumental in bringing about a beautiful change for you. Now let’s continue to explore the (D), Discipline part of this life-changing acronym, BE MADE.

Yesterday, in observance of our “SEXY IN STILETTOS SUNDAY,” I set out to run another 10 miles.  I did it not just because I wanna be fit enough to strut in my many stilettos, but because the training program I wrote out for myself required it.  I’d already run 10 miles the past Friday, and although my mind was trying to play funky tricks on me, I tore down the web it was weaving since Saturday, laced up my shoes, and headed out the door to my adventure at Coyote Creek Trail, in San Jose.

I like calling my long runs an adventure.  It seems to be a formidable way of tricking my brain since it thrives on adventure. Which reminds me, sometimes you have to sucker your mind, the one that just wanna have a blissful day clicking away on the remote control and sipping on tea on a SEXY IN STILETTOS SUNDAY, watching Lionel Richie’s “Easy Like Sunday Morning YouTube video. And what worked for overriding the minds chatter yesterday may not work today, so be a bit creative, write down your plans on paper, and practice disciple to get you on the road to success.  Be disciplined to walk in your own shoes.

“Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you,” said the novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald.  This is often common for the majority of us.  We’re being disciplined by the TV (that ABC Scandal TV serious sure has me discipline on Thursdays), your job (If you don’t run to clock in, no money!), your boss (If you don’t do as he/she says, no job!), you priest/pastor (If you don’t do right by the book, you burn in Hades), etc.  Sometimes you’re put under heavy manners (disciplined) by others, so why can’t you practice a bit of discipline for yourself?

OYE!  Let’s get to the ‘nitty gritty’ of this ranting here.  If you wanna be successful at anything, you have to practice disciple.  There are somethings that good ‘ole Southern ingenuity” and “ghetto-rigging” wont help.  Once you decide what you want to do and run through the principles for our BE MADE acronym, you need to spend some time planning how/when/where you will do what you set out to do and stick with it until Jesus comes or you change your course of ACTION.  Tomorrow I will discipline myself to get out and run 8 miles come sunshine, rain, or snow (Pray this doesn’t happen around here because I’ll be facing South!).



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