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The disciplined mind - Anton Fernando

There are forces in our lives over which we don't have much control over, can't blame the weather, can't fault the country, the economy, or even the families we're born into, but certainly willpower is in our own hands. We're the masters of our choices and the authors of our destinies. 

Discipline is a choice, to stay focused, to remain committed to a task, be it more physical fitness or learning a new language, all require discipline. But the human mind doesn't like discipline, it likes to postpone things, "not now, I do it tomorrow", that's the basic hint where discipline is questionable. 

But entertainment in general requires no such hard work, disciple is not a problem, countless hours are easily spent on entertainment, watching sports, news, dramas, and nowadays addiction to our phones, Facebook, snapchat, all forms of effortless entertainment. 

When it comes to emotions, discipline can even save relationships, say for example you have committed yourself to speak gently with your spouse or children, not to use harsh words, not to bring things from the past, not to provoke them with blame or bickering, all these noble intentions require diligent discipline because in the moment of furious emotions, only your willpower can aide you, to remain disciplined to your stated intentions. And each time you overcome the challenges, your willpower grows, your ability to discipline yourself grows, it sort of gains momentum each time you stick to your discipline. 

Mind and emotions are great testers of human willpower.  

And should you fail, don't beat yourself up, realize your mistakes and refocus. 
Give yourself a chance, because to master your willpower, to discipline your mind, you will require plenty of retries.

Start small, stick to it regularly, over time, it accumulates, gaining momentum, you're well on your way to become a disciplined mind.

Anton Fernando
Ottawa, Canada
2020/02/09