One of my birthday gifts was a page-a-day calendar by Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project. The gift intrigued me as her writing is on my list of books to read. I have placed the calendar on my bedside table and read the extract every morning as I am getting ready for the day.
The first entry in the calendar asked me to choose a word that would be my theme for year of 2017; a word that would guide my thoughts and actions over the coming months. The word that came immediately to my mind was ‘discipline’. This word will be linked to my goals for the year, my tentative New Year’s resolutions.
In my context, the word discipline means more than punishment for wrong-doing; it means more than following a set of rules. Instead the word ‘discipline’ refers to using self-control to attain my goals. This self-control would need to show itself in all aspects of my life.
In the Workplace: I enjoy my work and put my all into it. I enjoy spending time with the children, planning the lessons, and working on the assessments and documentation of their learning. I am, however, a person who wants everything to be done properly and completely. Many times I find myself staying longer at work than I should just so that I can complete things to my satisfaction. This year I need to focus on putting aside the work, locking my classroom door, and leaving the school building. I know that I cannot achieve many of my goals if I do not have the self-control to put my work aside.
On Eating: This year I wish to work on my self-control when it comes to eating sugar. From past experience, I know that the best way to achieve this is to avoid bringing products into the home that contain the refined sweetener. I have already begun this process and my family are complaining when they have a desire to eat something sweet. 🙂 We will all need to get into the habit of reaching for a piece of fruit instead!
On Fitness: During the Summer of 2016, I began my fitness journey. This year, I wish to continue with it. I wish, however, for the journey to be more disciplined. I will continue to fight the inner battle between staying at home (warm and relaxed) as opposed to walking out into the cold to go to a group fitness class. I have set out a schedule in my journal that I wish to follow. The first week of 2017 was a success exercise-wise. The test comes when I begin working and am tired at the end of the day.
On Blogging: Blogging brings me pleasure and is one activity that I wish to continue during 2017. It does, however, require a certain amount of self-discipline to blog every day. There were times during 2016 when blogging was not a priority because of my responsibilities at the work. I am hoping that with improved self-control, I will be able to balance my work responsibilities and my pleasure in blogging.
On Writing: I enjoy writing and blending words together to create an image in the reader’s mind. During the past year, however, I noticed that the number of times I wrote creatively had dwindled. Will my focus on discipline enable me to write once again? Time will tell.
If I look even more into my life, I am sure I will find other areas in which my word for 2017 will create an impact. As the year progresses, I will write on how the word ‘discipline’ is (or is not) an integral part of my life.
What is your word for 2017? If you have written a post, I invite you to share it with us in the comments.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017