Discipline vs Practice

How you feel about your daily habits can be completely different, and helped or hindered by how you perceive them.

There is no doubt that daily habit is what gets things done.  Whether it's progress you need to make in your work, or something about yourself you want to improve - how you sleep or how much you read, or introducing something new that you know will benefit your health, like meditation, or stopping smoking.  The only way to get things done is to chip away every day.

If you see these habits as discipline, then you're giving yourself a metaphorical rod at your back every day, or a whip that needs to be cracked.  It's a feeling of needing to do something or else you're going to be in big trouble., you'll be disciplined.

And if you perceive these daily habits as practising something, working daily on it in some way in an effort to continue to improve until you reach mastery, how refreshing is that way of looking it? Doesn't that release you from the sense of obligation, and invite you into a willing participation?

The daily habits remain the same, whichever banner they sit under for you.  Make your life easier by simply giving them a different label.


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