Yesterday, about half of you said discipline is one of your biggest obstacles to achieving your writing goals.
One of the biggest things I’ve done to increase my discipline is actually the most paradoxical. One day a week I stop trying. I eat as much food (and dessert!) as I want. I sleep as long as I want. In other words, I rest. I turn off everything that doesn’t bring me rest—my computer, especially—and I throw discipline to the wind.
Discipline is about forcing yourself to work when you don’t really want to. It’s hard to force yourself to do something when you don’t want to, so one day a week, I don’t. I don’t make myself do anything. In fact, I do the opposite.
I make myself do nothing.
The surprising thing is that this has actually given me more discipline. You only have a limited supply of discipline per week, just like you have a limited amount of energy. By spending one day storing up discipline, I actually have become more disciplined on all the other days.
So today, I challenge you to turn off your computer. Stop trying to achieve your goals. Instead, go eat way too much dessert. Enjoy your family. Laugh! Breathe in deep so that it touches your very soul.
Your goals can wait until tomorrow. Today, enjoy.