Benjamin Franklin followed a custom to establish new virtues and based on his methods we rated 11 virtues that are recommend for all to acquire. We started with the virtue which requires the greatest improvement in ourselves. We are then to observe in others, and in ourselves, when we see these virtues displayed and indicate how many times we have observed the chosen virtue.
I chose DISCIPLINE.
Wikipedia says discipline “is the suppression of base desires, and is usually understood to be synonymous with restraint and self-control. Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation. Discipline is when one uses reason to determine the best course of action regardless of one’s desires, which may be the opposite of fun.”
This was one that I found difficult to observe even when I was really looking for it. The best example I saw was of a mom shopping with a toddler. The toddler was in the shopping cart and was crying and yelling. I think most people might have left the store, but she continued to remain calm, occasionally talking to him, but continued to examine the things she was considering to buy.
There are many words we could use to describe her behavior but I saw it as self-discipline.
Haanal says: “Insight enables us to plan to advantage and turn our thought and attention in the right direction, instead of into channels which can yield no possible return.”
The insight I have got from this experience with observing discipline, is that it definitely is a virtue I need to work on, in my personal life and in my business life. I need the discipline to eat healthy foods, to exercise and to take the necessary actions required to grow my business.
My plan of action is to schedule everything I need to do for the day and not do anything else until each action is completed. That includes everything I put in my mouth as well. I am planning my menus for the week to ensure that I say on my healthy eating plan. I am on my way to becoming self-disciplined!
I will use use the words of wisdom from Art Williams and “Just do it!”