Daily Disciplines

Discipline; Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement. — Dictionary.com

I always try to keep my Blogs short and sweet.  Right to the point, so that people will read them without all the fluff!  In our Diligence Blog on 30 January 2010 we listed what some of the daily disciplines are.  Today I will discuss a few of these disciplines and how to implement them.  Yesterday I spoke with a graduate on the phone and she indicated to me that she is using the Blog as a daily discipline.

Recovery entails change, physically mentally and spiritually.  In order to change successfully we need to set out a game plan and implement that game plan.  It starts with our sleep patterns.  Many folks come to recovery with sleep challenges, most of those challenges can be overcome by simple disciplines, no coffee or caffeine products after 2 pm, go to bed at the same time every night and arise at the same time.  Here is the key, if you get up at the same hour every morning no matter what, it will be easier to crash that night.  Be persistent.

Every morning set a routine, pray, meditate, read, blog, affirmations, then email, and shower.  That is my routine.  I have stuck with it for as long as I can remember, with exception of the Blog.  I started to Blog over the past year or so.  If you notice most of my email and social network communication comes in the morning.

My prayers are first on my list in the morning, I brush my teeth, take my vitamins and pray.  I have a few prayers that I say daily, the 3rd & 7th step prayers, a Bible passage with Joel Osteen’s opening prayer, and my personal needs and offerings.

Affirmations for me are key, they are the script for my life.  I have a direction and I am heading towards it on a daily basis.  Now of course I change directions at times based upon my vocational goals but my spiritual, family, educational, and economic goals stand firm.  I have a list of affirmations that are programed into my computers calendar with an alarm.  When they pop up I read them to myself and sometimes aloud.  They are simple they state in positive terms who I am, where I am heading and what I have or will have.

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂