I read a quote once that went something like this:
The definition of Hell: Coming to the end of your life and having to face the person you would have become if you lived to your potential.
It’s a sobering thought but honestly, I don’t think any of us live to our potential. There’s too much perfectionism in that concept. However, I do think we can be proud of the final product. If we like who we’ve become, if we’ve grown from our mistakes and if we’ve made a difference…I’m pretty sure meeting that ideal version of ourselves wouldn’t be so bad.
Getting to that point takes discipline. Yuck! I’ve never been a fan of the “D” word. I conjures up memories of my parents harping at me to stop procrastinating and get more organized. I resisted.
Now, pushing 60, I’ve figured out that I have more to give everyone else if I live with discipline. My routines include:
-Eating a non-processed-mediterranean-style diet
-Exercising including strength training
-Getting 7 hours of sleep
-Waking up early enough to spend the first 15 minutes of every day investing in myself, i.e., meditating and visualizing the day
Trust me, making health a priority won’t make your life a little easier…it will make your life dramatically easier. You’ll have more energy and more patience. You’ll feel more centered. You’ll be happier. It’s a win/win.
So my New Year’s wish for you is to make friends with “discipline.” The world will be a better place if you’re a better you.