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Thank you for joining us for the 21 Day Self-Discipline Challenge! I pray you’ll be encouraged! Please visit my co-hosts, Laura and Erin. If you’re looking for the link-up for your intro post for the 21 Day Self-Discipline Challenge, you can find it here.
Day 1: Discipline is a Choice.
Crystal’s words today are both encouraging and convicting. The bottom line? A lack of discipline is my own fault. The encouragement? If it’s my fault, that means it’s also in my power to change. So often we want to blame someone else, or something else for our own shortcomings. Crystal says:
I’ve sometimes found myself wistfully thinking that if my house or life or responsibilities were different, then I could achieve a disciplined life.
It is so easy to get stuck in the waiting place (yes, that’s a Dr. Seuss reference), and think that if our circumstances or situation were different then we’d be different. But sometimes we need to change, and that internal change is what can change our perspective and situation.
But ultimately, whether or not I live a disciplined life depends solely upon me and the choices I make on a daily basis. . .I could wallow in frustration over my shortcomings and failures. But instead, I want to let that frustration motivate me. I am the problem, but I am also the solution.
I want to be the solution!
1. Complete a small task that has been nagging you.
One of the examples Crystal gives in her book is sewing on a button. My poor husband has had a button missing from his pants for a while now, and every time he mentions it, we’re either gone from the house or it’s an inconvenient time, and then I forget about it. Yesterday, when he got home from work, I asked him to get those pants for me (wasn’t sure where they were), and then I dug out the big bucket of buttons and my sewing kit. Altogether, it took probably 5-10 minutes. And we’re both glad it’s finished.
2. Choose a mega-project; Break it down into 21 manageable pieces.
I think I’m going to cheat a bit here. There is this mega project, called finishing up my Masters Degree that I really *have* to complete by my comprehensive exams on the 17th . I didn’t want to count that because it’ll be finished early and it’s something I would have done anyway, but I am going to employ the technique of breaking it into daily chunks.
For my real mega project, I’m going to be going back to my Peaceful Home commitment, and will be working on downsizing (we still have too much stuff for our tiny house), and decluttering. And this will be perfect since we are hosting my husband’s family for Thanksgiving this year.
3. Complete Part 1 of mega project.
I broke this down, based on another challenge that Crystal did on her blog, 28 days of cleaning. So, each day I will focus on one area of my house, and find 7 items to get rid of. Today’s assignment was to tackle the kitchen cabinets. I feel much better having the cabinets be neater and with less unnecessary items. I actually ended up adding even more than 7 items to my downsizing pile.
Did you complete today’s challenge? How did it go? What is your mega project and what part of it did you complete today?