Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Practicing Discipline--Your Next Hobby!?

I read a quote recently by Natalia Rose, which basically said that discipline must be practiced like anything else. Try to sing a Mozart aria, win an Ironman triathalon, or speak another language in a day. For 99.99% of us, that's impossible. They take practice--and with practice, we improve day by day, week by week, year by year until they seem easy...or at least possible. According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, it takes 10,000 hours of a task to really master it. It might be worth considering to apply this type of commitment and forward-thinking to the practice of discipline. That each time you make a disciplined choice toward a goal you have set for yourself, you get better at being disciplined. And maybe, eventually, it won't actually be so hard to refuse the third glass of wine or the brownie when you are already full. Worth thinking about...perhaps you can start practicing today.