“Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” ~Mark Twain
Why is discipline, the essential element of success, so difficult? Because it requires that we put down the fun stuff for the time being and focus on the actions that will achieve our goals or align us with our values.
I face this beast almost every day. There is usually something I’d rather do than write. Once I start writing, I come under a siege of impulses that take me to email, the phone, or the refrigerator. I have to continually pull myself back to the page until the “zone”, the single minded focus where great things are born, takes over.
On days where the distractions are more compelling than the discipline I try to remember Mark Twain’s quote. What will I regret if I do not apply the discipline? The answer motivates me back into action. And if it doesn’t, then I know it’s time to revisit the goal and make sure it’s aligned with my values.