Melvyn Tan
January 2, 2014 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Only Fools Despise Discipline

[blockquote source=”Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)“]Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.[/blockquote] Being Disciplined For the most part of 2013, I’ve been quite disciplined. By disciplined I mean doing what I’ve set out to do. And based on my recent review of the year’s work, I’ve been quite […]

[blockquote source=”Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)“]Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.[/blockquote]

Being Disciplined
For the most part of 2013, I’ve been quite disciplined. By disciplined I mean doing what I’ve set out to do. And based on my recent review of the year’s work, I’ve been quite consistent at about 60% of the time. In other words, more than half the time, I would actually do what I have set out to do.

Areas of Focus
The areas that received the most attention in 2013 for me were the personal and people domains. Within the personal domain, I’ve worked most consistently on my spiritual, physical, mental, and time categories. As for the people domain, the key category that received the most attention was family. In these two domains, I have achieved an upwards 80% consistency.

And I have results to show too.

Building on Strong Foundation
As I start off 2014, I am now well poised to work on the other areas that have not received the same amount of attention and focus, for instance, in the area of fellowship, creative work, and finances. But this doesn’t mean that those categories (spiritual, physical, mental, time, and family) can now take a back seat while I work on these three areas of fellowship, creative work, and finances. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Because if I were to let those earlier categories slide while I work on the new ones, then it would simply undo all the achievements that I have accomplished in 2013!

Winning Habits
In fact, in those categories, many, if not all that needs to be done are already a habit for me. Some has even become an instinct to me, that it is something that I do even without thinking about it. Take the example of eating fruits and vegetables daily. Previously, it was something that I had to remind myself everyday. And on days when my schedule was crazy, I’d usually forget and as a result not eat any fruits or vegetables. Sometimes, this can even go on for days.

What I have done is to look for a way to simply leverage the process, so much so that I do not have to even think about it. For instance, since June 2013, we have someone to prepare food for us every working day and have them put vegetables in the menu. This not only free me time to take care of other matters, but it also enable me to free up my mind to think about higher value-added stuffs. Now, it does not mean that I have a perfect plan set up. There are still days that I don’t eat fruits and vegetables, but it is more of an exception rather than the norm.

Discipline
The truth is, we all love discipline. We crave for the fact that when we set our mind to do something, we actually get it done. We do what we say we will do. We like that. And we like and admire people who are able to do that. However, some of us may slip or even get off track sometimes and that’s because We just can’t see the benefits (whether direct or otherwise) of it and that’s why we don’t follow through.

Question
What is one key area in your life, where if you have a little more discipline would get you ahead?

Prayer
Father we pray, in our daily living that You would guide us as we apply a little more discipline in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.