For the Love of Discipline

Post by Jo Anna Rothman.

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For the Love of Discipline

Discipline is the way. The way to what I want. The way to what I desire. I used to hate it. Rebel against it. It felt like iron chains to my creative demeanor… one that would hold me tight when I wanted to run. And in many ways it was…it is. It keeps me on the path. In the goodness. Even when I want to quit. Even when I would hit what felt like insurmountable road blocks. Even when I would try to make it all come apart at the seams. Discipline holds me together. Discipline keeps a light shining for me to find the next step. It isn’t a prison. It is freedom. And if I am willing to stay the course, than everything is possible.

In praise of discipline, here is what I know:

1. Discipline is a commitment. A commitment to a path. A project. A way of being. It requires knowing what we want and being willing to walk through the mystery on our way to mastery.

2. There are things I am incredibly disciplined about. Other things…not so much. And that’s ok. There is always an opportunity. Always a stretch into more.

3. Discipline done with love is magic. I know I cannot hate myself into change. It never works for long.

4. Discipline is tied to the word disciple. Learning that made all the difference. I didn’t have to force myself to do shit that I just didn’t want to do. I could be a student of my process…willing to bow in my learning.

5. The best parts come when the momentum wears away. And by best, I mean hardest. I mean most beautiful. I mean where real change happens. The sweet newness lessens and we have to see if we can really manage this whole discipline thing after all.

6. No commitment means no action. If I start out with a bang but don’t spell out what I am going to do and keep doing…it all falls apart. Clarity of commitment makes stopping that much harder.

7. Not wanting to do something is an ok excuse. But make sure its the truth. Apathy is a great disguise for fear. For shame. For sabotage. For old stories.

8. Account for resistance. Every project of meaning that we undertake will come with some obstacles…something that needs to be loved back into the wholeness from whence it came. When we hit that block, deal with it. Or nothing will ever change.

9. Cut yourself some slack…but not too much.

10. Commit to what you can actually do. When we start saying we are going to do things and then we don’t…our minds stop being accommodating to our future endeavors. More and more resistance will show up…more and more static from those lovely critical voices trying their damnedest (and their meanest) to save you from failure. If your plans change, renegotiate your commitments.

11. The way to get what you want is to keep showing up. To keep doing what you do. To stay in it no matter what.
Self care is wildly important. Discipline is work. What you are creating is work. It may be fabulous, but it is depleting. Keep yourself full. Do what it takes…its worth it.

12. Self-care is wildly important. Discipline is work. What you are creating is work. It may be fabulous, but it is depleting. Keep yourself full. Do what it takes…its worth it.

I’m Jo Anna. Jo Anna Rothman, MA if you are being fancy. I’m a Wizardess of love. Mistress of change. Conjurer of Electric Creative Wholeness.

I am here to invite and inspire you to live the best human experience ever. I connect folks to their soul, their purpose, their absolute and amazing joy. I coach. I write. I facilitate the amazing Receiving Project.  Most of all, I have a damn good time!

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