So it’s day one of the 21 day self discipline project, and I’m going strong! And technically I’m one day ahead – how’s that for a good start? (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click on the button below to find out all about it and join in.)
This first day’s reading is so convicting. My lack of discipline can only be blamed on me – ouch, but true! However, I love how the book points out the flip side of this as well:
I am the problem, but I am also the solution.
Now that I’ve taken full responsibility for my actions, I’m now ready to focus on the solution.
Our first job today is to complete some nagging task, and, boy, did I have a nagging task that I needed to complete! Sometimes I astound myself at how long I can manage to put off the simplest of tasks when I really don’t want to do them.
For the past few weeks I’ve had a reminder in my phone to cancel my Delta airlines credit card before an $89 annual fee is incurred. I got the card last year when I was doing a lot of flying on Delta. The first year’s annual fee was waived, and with it I saved the $25 checked baggage fees 4 times (not to mention tons of bonus miles). I wisely set myself a reminder to cancel the card a month before the next year’s fee would be incurred. However, cancelling a card requires calling the company, and I really hate talking on the phone! Therefore, I kept resetting the reminder on my phone for a couple days later (which is a bit of pain in and of itself). I only have a few days left until the fee would be incurred! So I sat myself down tonight and just went ahead and called and cancelled it. It took all of about five minutes, if that!
Our second job today is to choose our “mega-project” to work out over the next 20 days, and I chose mine. This was actually pretty hard, because I just have so, so many things I need to work on. I was tempted to pick five, but I knew I’d just be setting myself up for failure.
One of the things that frustrates me most about my lack of discipline is actually not so much the fact that I don’t always carry through on the things I don’t enjoy. Obviously, I need to do those things (like avoid too much junk food, exercise, eat my veggies, do my chores, etc.), but I can understand why I don’t.
The thing that just kills me inside is how very often I don’t follow through on the things that I love to do – the things that I enjoy and fill me with energy! I’ve gone weeks without posting on the blog, weeks without trying a new recipe (healthy or otherwise), weeks without putting energy into my hobbies, and so on. I think it’s just usually easier to do nothing than to do something I love. It’s time to change that! So, to that end, here’s my mega project:
I’m going to open and stock an Etsy shop (or something similar) with all sorts of printables that I create! I love creating pretty printables and do it for myself often (menu plans, to do lists, planners, labels, etc), and I’ve always wanted to open a shop. Of course I always have a list of excuses not to do it, but I’m not listening those excuses any longer.
Don’t worry, I’m going to give you all any printables I create for this challenge for free, since I know you’ll be here with me cheering me along!
What nagging task did you tackle? Was it as bad as you thought it would be? If you haven’t told us already, what mega project are you going to tackle?