No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Heb. 12:11)
If it’s starting a new job, relationship, workout, nutrition plan etc. it can cause some discomfort and pain. We are creating a new groove in life and it takes time. I love trying new things and I get inspired easily but I hate the waiting part of the process. The waiting to start or see results are what usually cause me discomfort and pain, however, I’m working on that.
One new workout I’ve been incorporating into my weekly training is the Farmers Walk. Love it!! You grab a pair of heavy dumbbells, one in each hand, and walk slowly in a straight line for 30-75 seconds standing up straight, core tight, chest up and breathing. I usually take my shoes off while doing this so I can really focus on the task. This exercise is a perfect illustration for my life. If I go too fast, I will lean too much to one side, lose my balance and then stumble. Once I take it slowly and focus, I can reach the end goal and come out a stronger balanced person. Maybe if I focus more on my own balance, my sanity will soon follow? Hmmmm 🙂
An important act of training is that of our muscle memory. Muscle memory involves the repetition of skills until the movements become automatic. Think about it, how many movements do you do daily without thinking about them? How about tying your shoes, brushing your teeth, or picking those wedgies in public? These movements become so repetitious over the years that we do them without thought. Scary!
If you are trying something new, don’t give up when it causes you some discomfort. I challenge you to exercise your discipline muscles, dig deep and be more conscious in everything you do. (And no picking in public!) Remember, “Man who catch fly with chop stick accomplish anything.” Mr. Miyagi