(From excessive baggage that keeps you from succeeding)
Getting rid of excess baggage (internal or external) of any kind takes some form of work which equates to discipline. The outcome however provides a sense of accomplishment and personal reward. According to Webster dictionary, discipline means “training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character”.
The word discipline depending on how it’s used, can come across as a strong and direct. It’s like being in the spot light with no place to hide, and when it relates to us personally, it’s usually a hard pill to swallow – me, undisciplined? My spin on discipline is what I like to refer to as “healthy decision making”. The act of applying discipline/healthy decision making produces benefits that will enhance an enjoyable and successful life.
Areas in our lives that can sometime go awry are our finances, relationships, health, spirituality, communication, and self-control. When discipline/healthy decision making is applied to those areas, it produces results that nourishes our lives and those we connect with.
The question we’ll all face more than once in our lifetime is “do we have the discipline/healthy decision making to unplug?” unplug from any excessive baggage that keeps us from succeeding? I know you won’t leave your toilet plugged would you? It’s just not an option. That same attitude should be in place when it comes to unplugging areas of your life – it’s not an option.
Let’s take a look at what’s involved for us to unplug, and what discipline/healthy decision making is required on our part to succeed.
- Determine what area is plugged – Finances, relationship, health, our communication, thinking, attitude about our abilities, etc.
- Discover what caused the area to be plugged – engage our processing system; the mind to find out where and what started it. Am I being influenced or swayed by a particular person? Was it due to a loss of a loved one, pet, or broken heart? Once the cause is identified, steps to introduce healthy changes can begin.
- Develop an action plan that will remove the obstruction – how am I going to go about this? Professional help may be required if it’s an area that’s just too out of control to change on your own; if it’s something you can deal with, begin to unplug and remove any excessive baggage that is keeping you from succeeding in that area.
Here’s a sample of the action plan I follow.
Finances – I cut out the excess; like eating out or ordering drinks and dessert with every meal, or on clothes.
Mental health – I remove myself from what has been affecting my energy in negative ways; the company I hang around or what I read or watch.
Physical health – I make adjustment with my eating habits, and physical exercise.
Relationships – I honour the memory of the person I lost by celebrating their life; find better ways to enrich present relationships, and slowly remove myself from those I know are toxic to my well-being.
Spiritual – I reconnect with what provides balance to your inner being.
Remember, it’s a process, however if diligent, you will soon begin to see and enjoy the success and benefits discipline/healthy decision making brings.
To your health and enjoyment!