Discipline and consistency.

I’m the first to admit that I’m not a very consistent person. I hop in and out of routines all too easily, I get bored really fast, running on the treadmill makes me yawn, and even my handwriting looks like it was written by two guys taking turns – one with a loopy stroke, the other with a scribbly one.

Sometimes, it just feels like my body was wired the wrong way.

It’s been an uphill battle throughout the years, but I have been trying harder to apply discipline to my life, so that I can achieve some semblance of consistency. One very obvious recent routine would be the fact that I have been writing a post every day for the past three months. Count it, that’s ninety posts at least.

It’s the first time I have ever been so consistent at writing, and the good thing about it? It gets easier with practice. It’s a blessing having to type instead of write, my hand would have cramped up if I needed to write every day with pen and paper. It probably sounds like the oddest thing ever, but I began having problems with writing when I got into my early 20s. It seemed like the way I held my pen had changed somewhat, resulting in a slow but gradual abrasion on my middle finger whenever I got into writing for too long. Makes the keyboard a literal saviour huh?

Another facet of discipline would be in basketball; I have been refining and maintaining the same shooting posture for about a year now, and it looks like it’s finally starting to pay off. So long as my posture is relaxed, I’m more or less able to hit my shots with a certain amount of regularity.

So discipline leads to consistency, no surprise there. The challenge was never about taking the first step, but rather to maintain focus and take the next step, and the step after that, and so on.

Let’s hope this focus of mine remains; I hope to be able to apply the same level of discipline to other aspects of life, which would hopefully lead to an improvement in routine and quality of life. There’s much to be said for freedom, but having an established routine does have its perks.

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