It All Comes Down To Discipline

Out of all the presentations I give, one of my favorites is called "The Joy of Discipline.”  I think some people actually grudgingly come to this talk!  Thinking, discipline…isn’t that a dirty word?  Ah, not so my fine friends!  It is the root of everything that is good.


One of my personal disciplines is a walk outside every day. I combine it with another one, listening to podcasts that inspire and excite me. These are two ways that I take care of myself and "sharpen the saw” as Stephen Covey would say.

This morning during my walk I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Michael Hyatt's "This is Your Life.”   His podcast today was on taking care of your heart, and is called “How to Safeguard Your Most Important Asset.”  Little did I know it was completely about one of my favorite subjects, discipline!  At one point I wanted to yell out…YES! THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!  (Which of course I didn't, since I tend to be shy about these things)  He gave great advice, and even made me think of a couple disciplines that I hadn't thought of before. I will be adding these to my talks now, along with what gets in the way of the discipline of the heart.  Thank you Michael!

I highly recommend taking a listen to this 32 minute podcast.  I've attached the link here and encourage you to take a restorative walk surrounded by all the beauty God has given us at this time of year, to gain clarity and inspiration. 

I’ll leave you with a paraphrased combo of a Michael/Stu tweet able, "We can't guard and develop our hearts in isolation. We can't develop our hearts and maintain them like we need to without being in relationship with others.  While solitude is needed, and awesome, it is also the time we spend in relationship with other people that we will find ourselves and who we really are." 

You have to be intentional about these relationships. They aren't going to happen without your active intention and participation.  It takes…yes…discipline.