One of my favorite authors is Stuart Wilde. The very first book I read on spirituality was Stuart Wilde’s The Force. If you’ve ever read his books you’ll know that Stuie advocates discipline. At the time, I didn’t buy it. I was a free spirit, I thought. I can’t be hampered down by discipline! I was an artist, a wild soul and also, unfortunately, a total scatter brain!
But I thought, that’s ok, because that’s how creative people are! So I ignored Stuie’s sound advice and went on my bumbling way. At some point of my journey, as I grew, I realized that being a scatter brain wasn’t so cool anymore, especially since I hardly had any time to myself. I would organize so many things for my “creative, free spirited” self that I would have to rush around with hardly a moment to myself.
I could hardly breathe, much less keep to my personal development plan, take a walk or do anything creative! So I decided to stop telling that story! If you read my last post Stop Telling Stories, Start Talking Visions, I write about how people keep telling their ‘stories‘ even if it doesn’t serve them, and that’s exactly what I was doing. Discipline had been ingrained in my belief system as something negative, something that happened in schools and by becoming disciplined it would mean I was doing something against my belief.
How could I be going against my belief if I was trying to do something that would better myself and help me live my personal development plan? Some of the most creative people I know are also the most disciplined! People forget that being disciplined is just taming the mind or the ego. When you are undisciplined you have allowed the ego to have it’s way with you. It controls you, not the other way around.
Right about now, those of you who think I’m just taking out of my behind (much like I thought of Stuie Wilde a few years back), are going, “Phooee! Discipline is for losers. I can make it without discipline!”
Beware the Ego
Well, let me tell you, the ego loves to tell you how you can be the exception. How your Higher Self does not like rigidity and pattern. But I’m not talking rigidness here, I’m talking about making your life easier and more productive so that you have the time and discipline to change for the better! So that you can spend your days doing what makes you happy, passionate and joyful. So that you can meditate, take walks and go for workshops and courses. So you can travel, create art, write, play sports, spend time with your family, love and live free.
What you can do
The number one thing you can do to help you become more organized and disciplined is to change your belief pattern. This paves the way for everything else.
As soon as I realized that my belief pattern was stopping me from being more disciplined and organized, I did everything I could to change it. Here are a few things I did (and when I make up my mind, I go all out!):
- Age Regressions
- Conscious Decision Making
- Had a friend coach me and be there for me
I also grabbed the most productive person I know, my friend Juan, and got him to teach me his ways. I read books on being more organized and productive, I created plans and basically sorted my life out.
What you will get
You know sometimes when you’re reading about how amazing a person is, with his or her life so perfect with time for family, friends, travel, spirit, love and work? And you think to yourself, “I could never be like that.” Well, that’s exactly what you will get in end. A life that you gently direct and control with enough time for everything that you really want to do.
If you do something enough then from a discipline it slowly becomes a blisscipline! You don’t consciously think about doing something, you just do it because now it is habit and when someone asks you how you can have such a ‘perfect’ life it will be difficult to answer because you won’t be able to remember when you didn’t do this effortlessly. You just know that this is bringing you joy and making your life wonderful. Hence the term Blissciplline.
Try these things for a start and see if you can make it into a Blisscipline.
- Waking up early everyday
- Eating more vegetables
- Eating more fruits
- Meditating daily
- Not gossiping
- Drinking 3 liters of water daily
- Being grateful for things (try Gratitude Log)
- Exercise at least 3 times a week
- Having time for your self
- Paying your bills on time
- Being on time
- Cooking at home (ok, maybe this is more my thing ;)
I want to know if you have been having trouble getting more disciplined and what you have done to overcome it if any. Or if you have started anything I’ve mentioned above, please let me know how it is going. If you are someone who is disciplined, then let me know how it has changed your life.
Looking forward to reading your comments!
Love and light!