Word of the Week: Discipline

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Discipline: activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training…

~Dictionary.com~

The word discipline was definitely the word of my week.  Discipline at work, discipline at home, discipline at play…

This week, we hosted our Board of Directors and our executive leadership team at our offices to give education on our specialty line of business.  Ours is a business in which if true discipline is not exercised, we will risk financial losses and as we all know, losing money is not a winning proposition.  We cannot afford to waver in our discipline and we need to hold each other accountable in the regimen we have developed over time through trial and error of what works in our favor… and avoiding those things that don’t…

Of interest to me was a comment made to me by a board member the other night.  He stated that he heard all of us who had presented throughout the day use the word “discipline” but he did not see that particular word show up in our presentation materials.  My response to him was that being disciplined was so imbedded into our culture and every day activities, we don’t probably even think of it as a word…, that it really is the behavior that comes so naturally to us that we don’t focusing so much on using the word discipline”… our focus is on living it…

As I thought about the term “discipline”,  I realized that I had to use it several times this week in all areas of my life… professionally… mentally… physically… and spiritually…

  1. Disciplined to be ON TIME:  I was disciplined in my need to wake early to beat unusually high construction traffic in the mornings.  This required me to shower the night before,  set my alarm for 4:45am, get dressed and out the door by 5:30 to get to work by 6:00.  This may not sound like a big deal for all of you early morning birds but for me that is like waking up in the middle of the night… it is still dark at 4:30 in the morning so it seems to me that people should be sleeping – right?
  2. Disciplined to be CLEAN and UNCLUTTERED.  I had to be disciplined in making my bed and keeping my house in pristine condition this week since we just put our house on the market and a showing could happen at anytime on any day.  Due to the fact that I sent my husband and our two fifty-five pound puppies away while we are in this show mode,  I found that I could keep up this cleanliness discipline better than usual!
  3. Disciplined to EAT WELL and to not eat my stress… Board of Director presentations… a house up for sale, hail damage to our roof… yes… a wee bit of stress going on with this girl.  I was diligent about staying on my two protein shakes per day and balancing it all with a healthy meal instead of junk food.  I did not drive into any drive-thru fast food locations (albeit most tempting at times) seeking the comfort of salty fries, greasy burgers or a big old chocolate shake.  I have lost 5 of the 8 pounds I have worked hard to get rid of the past few weeks so it was important for me to not lose my discipline and/or allow any deterioration of my recent weight loss success.
  4. Disciplined to stay PHYSICALLY FIT.  Jumping into the pool to do 30-40 laps of good cardio exercise has also taken discipline because finding the time to fit in a workout has been a bit challenging recently.  It is so easy to make excuses and give myself some slack on exercising when I have had a busy day… it requires discipline to take that dip into my swim workout but within minutes the endorphins started flowing and it was well worth it!
  5. Disciplined in my WORDS.  I was disciplined in being mindful of my words this week… to speak impeccably so as not to cause negative feelings or strain relationships with others.  I worked hard to support those who needed emotional support without giving my opinion or making judgement on how I thought a situation could best be handled.
  6. Disciplined in my GRATITUDE.  It has also taken discipline to remember to be grateful even when the shingles blow off of the roof or the automatic pool cover decides to jam… to remember not to sweat the inconsequential stuff that goes on in our lives…

Discipline… the word that sounds as powerful as its meaning…

What are some examples of how you used discipline this week?

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