I have read so many posts about discipline lately. It seems to be the popular motivational topic right now and I agree that being disciplined is important. We have to be disciplined because it doesn't always feel good to work towards our goals. I don't always feel like getting out of bed or working out. Or writing a blog post or meal planning. Discipline kicks in even when my emotions don't want to follow suit. I fully believe it is something we have to practice.
However, I've been thinking about a different angle to this popular topic swirling around and wanted to share my findings. I think that you must be disciplined and diligent. I believe the two go hand-in-hand. Go with me to Proverbs!
Proverbs 10:4 says, "He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich."
Proverbs 12:24 says, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute."
Diligent: (Defined by the Oxford Dictionary): Having or showing care and conscientiousness in one's work or duties.
If we are not diligent in our daily work and duties then discipline won't get us where we want or even need to be.
Here is an example...
I have been getting up early every morning before my children wake up. I write, drink my coffee and read my bible. If I get up at 6am every morning without fail then we would call that discipline. However, if I solely get up and don't actually do what I plan to do every morning, therefore making good use of my time, then I am lacking diligence. How so?
I want to be disciplined enough to get up early every morning but also diligent as I work on my dream and spend time with God. Or I could just be disciplined and get out of bed early and sit and stare at the walls (which quite frankly is tempting) but that would not be a good use of my time. I want to be diligent with my time that I have trained AKA disciplined myself to make a priority.
I never thought that working out would be something I could actually enjoy. For the past month, I have been working out nearly every day with a stray rest day peppered in here and there. I make myself workout before lunch each morning as it is the prime time for me to workout before I can talk myself out of it. I have disciplined myself to do this. However, if I solely "make myself workout" and halfway do the workout then I haven't practiced diligence. I have to intentionally follow the workout and diligently work at training my muscles.
Maybe you have mastered the art of discipline but are you diligent in your discipline?
I want to encourage you to be diligent and disciplined in every area of your life, friends!
Make yourself do the hard "stuff" even when you don't feel like it AND do it well.