Discipline or Regret

Pick your poison. You can be disciplined and do what you need to do now, or you can regret not doing it later.

An easy example is exercise — I don’t get enough. I try. Although I enjoy certain activities that provide exercise I absolutely hate exercise in and of itself…every living minute of it. But I do it. I sometimes tell myself I’ll do more when _______. It’s all bullshit. When the ______  time comes I still don’t want to do it. The only thing that works (for me) is to think about the alternative (regret) and make myself do it. Good music on an iPod helps a little.

But…beware, regret is tricky and can rise from unexpected places. Be careful with narrow assumptions about what discipline means, such as assuming it means lots of hard work at the expense of the other joys of life.

The exercise example is simple. I only wish other things were so clear cut. Sometimes discipline is the courage to do what you know you must do. Or it can be the courage to not do what you wish you could do. Or…it can be manifesting the courage to try what is risky, because not taking the risk can lead to as much or more regret than taking it.

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