The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt once said, ““With self-discipline most anything is possible.”
The question has been asked to me more times than I can count on my fingers and toes combined and each time I hear it I pause for a moment and consider the reason. “How is that you seem to accomplish more in one day than most people do in a week?” To me it never feels like I am accomplishing an amazing amount of activity each day… in fact I often end the day disappointed that I did not accomplish more. I always struggle when they look at me as if they are honestly expecting an answer of some kind.
I spoke once to a group of moms on working from home and a young woman came up to me and asked this question and she stared at me as if I was about to impart some type of deep, life changing wisdom to her… I hesitation to speak because I did not want to disappoint her with my very simple and plain answer… “I am just very disciplined in my routine each day. “
“Oh.” she said with a tone of the disappointment I expected. “I am not very good at routines and staying disciplined in following them.” She said. I spoke without really thinking when I said, “Discipline determines distance just remember that.” I still remember the light that flashed in her eyes as she heard that. I pray that it touched her as deeply as it did me that day. Since that conversation I have often used that phrase with others who have asked me the keys I have found to balance and productivity.
I truly believe that being disciplined is what allows me to do what I do. It is that discipline that often propels me out of bed early to spend time with God when my body is screaming for an extra hour of sleep. It is discipline that energizes me to stay up late making sure that all of my emails are addressed or assigned at the end of each day. Discipline helps me to transition between tasks and not get distracted.
It then should not surprise you that one of my favorite bible verses is Proverbs 8:33 in the Message Translation ” Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life.” We are only given one life and one chance to leave God’s fingerprint on the world around us. If we are lazy and waste time then our impact is lessened and we are not wisely investing God’s gift to us of this day.
Motivational guru, Zig Ziglar, once said, “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” When I read this quote I often think of it reference to my walk with Christ: Character got me out of bed and into the world, Commitment moved me to act in the lives of others, and discipline enables me to follow through on his commandments and his plans for my life… not my own.
If you are struggling with the question… how can I do more or be more productive? I suggest starting by praying for God to define your priorities, help you develop your discipline, and ask that he fills you with his energy and not your own. When that becomes the authentic prayer of your heart… you will be amazed at what more God is able to do in you and then through you.
By Christie Love, LeadHer Founder