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Difference Between Routine and Discipline

Routine has been described as “something that we let ourselves fall into and discipline on the other hand, is what we dedicate ourselves to. Discipline keeps us focused on our goals.” I read somewhere, and it made total sense to me: “When motivation fails (and let’s face it, if we’re being honest, sometimes we just lose our drive), discipline will kick in.” In reality, I think routine and discipline can be one and the same, however, for the sake of argument, let’s say that routines won’t necessarily take you towards your goals especially if your routines are negative and, perhaps borne out of tradition. We do what we do because it’s been done that way for years and we’ve seen our love ones do it that way for generations. Especially when it comes to food preparation and lifestyle. I have to admit thought that I like the above definition. In my EBook, More Than A Conqueror: Regaining your willpower over food, I have a section called nuggets. One of the nuggets that I share is, what you focus on will develop. Kind of like, what are your daily disciplines. So I want to ask you, what are you focused on? What are you dedicating yourself to? I like to ask questions to generate thoughts because we can get up every day, going through routines, spinning our wheels so to speak but not necessarily moving towards any particular destination or goal.

Recently I’ve found myself falling into the routine of watching T.V. after dinner. One movie and then another T.V. show, and then, oh well, might as well relax in front of the T.V. until bedtime? Which means that my projects and other productive things I could be doing are totally overlooked. I had to sit back and reevaluate and came to the conclusion that I couldn’t establish this routine. That my success or lack of success relied within my daily habits. I needed to get back to the things that I knew would keep me focused on my dreams and goals.

I read something, and can’t for the sake of me remember who wrote it or where I read it, but the message stayed with me, which was: Don’t park here. As in, don’t settle for where you’re at if it’s not where you want to be. If you haven’t reached your goals, don’t give up. Don’t settle and throw up your hands. Persevere. Keep going. Get up and start again. Another nugget from my EBook is: Hard work pays off, discipline brings success.

Just to recap. What are you dedicating yourself to? Are you dedicating yourself to your dreams, goals and vison, or are you settled into a routine that you have allowed yourself to fall into which may not necessarily be a healthy one, but a comfort zone that, perhaps, you’re afraid to go beyond and is sabotaging your success?

As we come to the close of this challenging year and anticipate the New Year with new hope, I want to encourage you not to settle and park yourself in routines that are not leading you towards your goals. Make an action plan for where you want to go and some steps that you know you can take, right now, to help get you there. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the complete picture. Never mind if you don’t know all the details. Just take one step at a time. One day at a time. Believe in yourself. Trust the God who whispered His sweet promises to you and believe that He will bring it to pass. Circumstances don’t change God’s plans for your life. His saying and His doing are the same. If He said it, He will do it (Numbers 23:19), but He will need your participation and cooperation. Do what you know to do and are able to do and leave the rest up to God. Below is the link to some resources that can help you.

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Helping you to discard your past so you can embrace your future,


Health and Wellness Educator

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