The Freedom is in the Discipline
The Freedom is in the Discipline
Freedom and discipline seem opposites, and at the end of the spectrum. People who see themselves as free spirited and “go with the flow” type, tend to feel that discipline is restrictive and binding. This perception couldn’t be further from the truth. Discipline, if used correctly, can bring mastery, inner peace, harmony, abundance and success.
Discipline creates mastery. A piano player who is accomplished most likely has practiced with discipline for many years. Great athletes have spent an insane amount of hours practicing their sport and natural skills to get better, and rise to the top. While it is true that there are some people who are extremely talented are born with a special gift, most people do not fall into that category. The majority of us have to practice with discipline to get better at what we love. That journey brings tremendous satisfaction to our heart and soul. Mastery through discipline brings the freedom to live our life’s purpose.
Discipline creates inner peace and harmony. The most important part in creating inner peace and harmony in us is to nurture positive and creative thinking in our mind. We, humans, thrive on positive thinking. I have a friend from Mexico who tells me “…. but you need to be realistic ….” And I respond: “which reality, yours or mine?” I like my reality better because it has proven to help me create the life I want. Another disciplined practice that can bring inner peace and harmony is meditation. At first, you may see or feel nothing but, with discipline and commitment you will achieve that inner peace and harmony that we all seek in life. If we pay close attention to nature, we notice that discipline creates peaceful harmony and abundance. For example, the sun comes out every single day, even when it’s cloudy. There is not one day that the sun says “I am tired of doing this every day, I will not shine today.” The same happens with the moon and the stars, they are always there. Spring and the beginning of summer bring an intense feeling of abundance as I notice the rain, the flowers, and the grass getting greener and greener and gratitude feels my heart.
Discipline creates abundance and success. At the end of every year, I have the discipline of taking myself through the following process: I begin by asking the following questions: Am I happy and fulfilled? What am I doing next year to grow and expand? What new things I want to learn? What experiences do I want to create and bring into my life? What do I really, really, really want? How can I make a difference for the better in the life of others and the world I live in? After reflecting and listening to my inner guidance, I take the time to write down the answers in my journal and from there I create goals and a plan how to achieve them. Do I achieve every goal? Of course not, however, the path that I created brings new experiences, excitement and growth into my life. I plan to do this into old age to keep myself enthusiastic and engaged with life.
I am very grateful that I learned about this concept many years ago while reading Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The idea that discipline brings freedom intrigued me, I studied the concept and started to apply it to my life, it’s not always easy but, it’s something I return to again and again. I have noticed that slowly I have been able to achieve more mastery, create more inner peace and harmony, enjoy more abundance and success and most importantly there is a feeling of joy in my heart.
Veronica Correa, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker,
certified hypnotherapist and life coach.
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