I don’t know that Aristotle actually said this but this is the energy I’m taking into the week.
I’ve been working on my self-discipline for a couple of years now. At one point, right around when I turned 30, I realized I never really got anything done because I wasn’t disciplined enough to stick with it.
It wasn’t anybody else’s fault, though I may have tried to blame them. It was mine.
It’s really easy to start something, look it over and go “this is crap”. It’s easy to walk away from things that are harder than you thought they would be.
Modern day humanity is all about the convenience and there’s nothing more convenient than quitting. ( Note: There are valid times to quit. That’s not what I’m talking about here.)
A question I learned to ask myself is simple. It’s “what does this cost you?” Or “what is this costing you?”
It’s a question that aims for the heart of the issue. If you’re tolerating and settling then what are you missing out on?
Maybe it also plays off our collective FOMO (fear of missing out).
Either way, when I began asking myself and really digging into the answers I found a lot of my failures had to do with my lack of self-discipline.
I never finished a story or a book. I never invested in myself through making sure I worked out. I never truly made creativity into my career.
There were reasons for all of these but they all boiled down my starting and stopping once something became difficult. As a result I didn’t trust myself to follow through on the things I wanted to do. In my mind it was better to just daydream about them instead.
So this week I want to ask you, what are you tolerating or settling for in your life? What is that costing you?