Voluntarily Living the Hard Way

January has almost come to a close but I have finally realized what my New Year’s Resolution is all about. Self-Discipline.

Throughout the last few years I’ve felt like I didn’t know what to focus on. I mentioned this in my post, Embrace Your Multipotentialities. I have many, many interests and I enjoy exploring my talents and how I can bring them together but I do not challenge myself enough.

If I’m going to own the title of a Multipotentialite, I have to live and breathe it. I have to voluntarily live the hard way.

I often think to myself how I want to start my college years all over again. I research all of these amazing opportunities and degrees and think, “Man, that’s it!” “If only that existed when I started.” But the truth is, even if it did exist, I wouldn’t have found it then. I was supposed to experience what I did in both my undergrad and masters program. The knowledge I gained and friendships I made helped me evolve into who I am now…even if I still don’t know where I will end up. I can’t go back, so I must move forward.

Deep down, I know who I want to be.

I want to be strong. I want to be fit. I want to talk the talk and be the person people go to for help. I want to be a good friend, daughter, and sister. I want to work with technology and people, but have time for myself too. I want to sing and I want to read. I want to learn things and stick with them.

But I give in to temptations. I have a serious case of FOMO. I like the instant gratification of indulging in sweets or binge watching a show. I enjoy listing ideas but fail to execute without deadlines or pressure. I am too comfortable being alone.

I need a plan of self-discipline. One that aligns better with my goals. This is probably one of the the most important parts of becoming ultimate and I let it get out of hand!

The more we live the hard way to easier life will seem when hardships arise.

2018 is about self-discipline and living on purpose.

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

-Anonymous

This year I will:

Finish Pauline Nordin’s SuperShred 12-Week Workout Plan

Read 12 books, one a month.

Watch all of the Oscar’s Best Picture Winners

Get my CTS certification

Be accountable

Challenge myself on purpose

 

In 2018, I will voluntarily live the hard way. 

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Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

Ideas inspired by 365 Days With Self-Discipline by Martin Meadows.

 

 

 

 

 

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Self-Discipline Thought Exercises

21 Day Challenges

Twenty-one days doesn’t guarantee the make or break of a habit, it takes a lot of effort to keep at it during the twenty-one days and beyond. And apparently the “21 day myth” was a disproved theory and a habit is actually better formed after sixty-six days. I believe twenty-one days will still test my ability to commit to something, and really push myself to do more or less of certain things. This is all a part of my plan to become the ultimate me. Some of these things aren’t necessarily habits I plan to keep either, like 21 days without makeup for example, this is just to test myself and learn from the experience.
Twenty-one is also just a much more interesting number, than say…thirty, there are so many 30 day challenges, and then sixty-six, that is just too long, for tracking purposes anyway…I’m going to track (publicly on twitter @kellitynan) for twenty-one days and, for the challenges like 21 days of working out, I hope that I have it in me to continue to sixty-six. Two days ago, I hit my 66 day mark for recording my food intake on MyFitnessPal! I am confident, for a lot of these challenges, I can do this!
My first challenge is to reach my Fitbit goal of 10,000 steps a day, every day for 21 days. Today is Day 3.
Future Challenges might include:

  • 21 days of working out
  • 21 days of french practice
  • 21 days of guitar practice
  • 21 days of wearing my hair in different ways
  • 21 days of meeting someone new
  • 21 days of film watching
  • 21 days of Lynda videos
  • 21 days of learning something new and blogging about it
  • 21 days of keeping my room clean
  • 21 days of poems
  • 21 days without sweets
  • 21 days without alcohol
  • 21 days without makeup
  • 21 days of learning new songs to sing
  • 21 days of cooking new meals
  • 21 days of waking up at 6:00 a.m.
  • 21 days without watching TV shows
  • 21 days of reading a newspaper
  • 21 days of vocabulary enrichment
  • 21 days of not pressing snooze
  • 21 days of portrait drawing
  • 21 days of making my bed
  • 21 days of Yoga

And the list could go on but I’ll start with these and keep you updated!
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