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Personal Discipline

Personal discipline.

I’ve set goals in personal discipline that, if I follow through, I will achieve some feats that I’ve desired for 3-4 years. My goals are to type 40 words per minute, do a handstand pushup and clearly articulate my worldview and value system. I have put in place action plans to achieve each of these goals and I am looking forward to being able to report the achievement of these goals in the next 6 months.
I have been using a computer for the last ten years but I have never spent the time to learn to type properly. As I spend time away from my family and friends the easy communication that the Internet provides torments me because it is such a chore for me to sit down to write an email. The same problem has applied to my school-work, as it is a challenge to have the patience to sit down and complete a project well.
To improve, I’m focusing an hour a day to learn to type properly and quickly within four months. I’ve already seen the fruit of this discipline because I’m five words per minute faster now than I was last week when I started. So I hope I reach my goal sooner than planned.
Here I am focused on planting coffee, a physically demanding job, and I need to be strong enough to work on the first day. At my current fitness level I would be entering in to the task with the physical challenge as a hurdle that I need to leap. As well, I have the challenge of teaching five to ten people how to plant trees very fast. I do not want another mental strain in a few months when I start training people to plant a lot of coffee; I want to be confident that my body will be up for any physical challenge that I throw at it. The ability to do a handstand pushup is just a symbol of a physical feat that I used to think was unachievable but now is attainable.
My final formal discipline has to do with becoming more aware of my personal worldview so that I can articulate it and cognitively address challenges that I might encounter. Someone said that you’ve got to know where you are to know where you are going and I think that it is true. I’m looking for a framework for my personal worldview and my mentor said that he has one so I’m hoping that this will help me layout my worldview and values system on paper. I am a visual and experiential learner; I hope that producing my structured worldview on paper will equip me to articulate it clearly in conversation.
The proverb says, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” These achievements will be a few big steps in my journey towards deeper personal discipline.

  • Anonymous

    mmm, good call. i heard that quote before about knowing where you are in order to get where you are going. and i also agree. i’ve spent considerable time trying to find out the why’s of my actions. over the past few years, asking why and where and who i was has deffenately helped me to have forsight in my relationships. Mikeps. the handstand pushup thing sounds rad. i’ve always wanted to to be able to do that with no one helping me balance. maybe i’ll practice it too.