Good morning everyone,
Have you ever wanted to have a superpower? Even though being mayor does give you certain powers others don’t, today I want to talk about the power to get difficult things done even when you don’t feel like it.
Previously, we talked about motivation and the amazing feeling you get when riding high on its wave. Unfortunately, this buzz rarely lasts long and is so inconsistent that its reliability is questionable. The question of the week, therefore, is what to do when the motivational power runs out and drops us off its proverbial edge?
This is where everyone’s best pal ‘discipline’ comes into play, who burdens our responsibilities and keeps us moving down the path of progress. The main problem with discipline is that it’s hard to have properly and use consistently. Lets look into this a bit deeper.
Have you ever wondered why people are such fans of drinking on the weekends? I am sure there are many reasons, but one is that alcohol can be an easy way to put people at ease and kick up the enjoyment factor of an evening. Whether it’s to have fun, escape our thoughts or become more confident, alcohol helps with this and gets us to where we want to be with less effort.
Most of us are actually pretty lazy and have got to where we are because we have found the easiest ways to meet our everyday needs. It could also be argued that the hard work which goes into solving the difficult problems of science, politics and economics has been in the pursuit of making things easier for us in the long run.
So why is discipline so difficult for some people?
Well, unfortunately, the answer to this question is quite simple. Discipline is difficult! It requires you to put in the hard work even when you’re not feeling like it, and understand that if you don’t do it, no-one is riding over the hill to do it for you.
When people are given the choice between doing an activity which is fun, risk-free and dopamine-producing or putting themselves in an uncomfortable position where they can fall short of expectations, look silly or fail, it’s pretty easy to understand why the easier option is often taken.
The problem is that when you are not doing meaningful things that move you closer to where you want to be, that time gets filled with filler activities which suck away your productivity!
You know those goals you’ve written down, the dreams of a better future for yourself and the plans you have for all that untapped potential? They are all being suppressed by other more instantly gratifying activities which are sucking up all your energy, time and money!
Thankfully discipline can be used to counteract the influence of our negative behaviours and activities. Discipline allows you to keep paddling when the waves of motivation are not there to be tapped into and keep going until inspiration hits again.
In equal measure, I understand how important and difficult discipline is to get right. For the benefit of Rose-Blanc town management services, these letters and your dear author, more writing will be done on this subject.
Rose-Blanc Town management