This is the crazy part of the year when every piece of equipment in the gym is taken. If you are a regular gym rat, you know it will last about a month, then those who have resolved to be there in 2017 will fade away and return to their lives pre-New Year’s resolution. It’s a maddening time for those of us who are in a habit of regular classes and exercise. I look around and wish that folks would keep those resolutions, would engage in goals that they could honor – both for their physical health, and also their emotional well-being.  After all, who likes to have a goal and not reach it?

What if we dug a little deeper and examined our discipline? What routine or habit is formed from discipline?  Maybe your hygiene? Maybe your collection calls? Discipline is a large part of exercise, especially for those who don’t love it. But, do you think about your happiness when you think of discipline? Yes, that’s right – you can discipline yourself to be happier.  How about that for a resolution?

Consider the area of your life where you are the most happy. I’m going to guess you have a lot of discipline there. Now let’s pick a few and add some discipline.  How about time? Want more of it? Get disciplined about your email, maybe check it only on the hour, for 10 minutes, and use the other 50 to handle that project you’ve been procrastinating? Maybe it’s diet. Discipline your meal times and portion sizes, so no matter what your choice of food is, you have built structure to be successful, and thus, happier.

As for me, well, 2017 is the year I add in the discipline of writing. I love it when I do it, so why not have more of it? Hopefully I’ll add joy in my life and you’ll read more good stuff!  What’s your new discipline?

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About Judy Hissong

Judy Hissong is the President of Nesso Strategies. A former law firm Chief Operating Officer, she helps firms become more profitable by developing leaders. Her mission is “world domination for Good.” By creating actionable, lightbulb moments that leaders want to share and spread, she intends to improve the world one person at a time.

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