One of the wonderful privileges of living in present times is being able to express yourself fully, be creative, and explore your dreams.
It’s something I believe in and encourage people to do, yet people feel a lot of discontent and frustration because they aren’t reaching their potential. They feel unfulfilled, and it’s something they dwell on.
I believe this lack of fulfillment in many cases is because people believe they can be creative, and expressive and reach their potential by floating around and expecting it to happen.
Discipline makes opportunities for creativity
As with anything, trends tend to swing wildly. You need to dream, and that is the popular trend right now, but you also must have discipline. You must discipline your mind to focus correctly. You must discipline yourself to show up every day to put in the work.
It’s impossible to create amazing things every time you try. Whether you are writing, performing, competing, or creating products… some will be good, many won’t be worth much, and a special few will be incredible works of inspiration. But you have to show up — everyday — and put focused work in.
You’ve got to show up
The more you show up, the more effort you make, the more pure your efforts become and the more quality you produce. There will still be days that you just don’t feel like it. That doesn’t matter, you still have to be disciplined enough to show up and put in the effort.
We tippy-toe around the word discipline because we don’t want to admit that sometimes life isn’t warm and fuzzy. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t feel like doing.
Some of my best work has actually happened on days I wasn’t feeling it, but if I hadn’t shown up, I wouldn’t have known that was the day it was all going to come together.
One time won’t hurt you but…
Yes, if you don’t show up one time, that one time won’t hurt you, but the attitude that one time won’t hurt you IS what hurts you. Remember the idea of improving just 1% of everything, of the accumulation of small improvements, is what creates massive long-term results.
Discipline is what makes dreams possible
Let’s get some balance back. Discipline is not a dirty word. It doesn’t squash you, it carries you through the rough spots and gives you an anchor when you need one.
Discipline does not constrain you, it releases you.
Creativity, potential, and dreams come true because of discipline.
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