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Written by Lifebook Wisdom Curator, Jessi Kohlhagen
I wear a lot
of hats in my life (and, if you’re a fellow human of the 21st
century, it’s safe to assume you do too!).
I’m a wife, mother, careerwoman, homeschool teacher, yogi, maid, chef, chauffer… and underneath it all, I’m a human being who wants to create the best possible life for myself, and the people I love most.
If I had to pinpoint the single most important characteristic I employ to be the very best woman I can be in every
area of my life, it would undoubtedly be self-discipline.
Self-discipline is the key to freedom and fulfillment everywhere in my life.
It seems counter-intuitive, I know. Self-discipline implies restraint, control, and limitation — where freedom embodies flexibility, allowance, and even indulgence.
But in my own experience, I’ve found that these two traits are inseparable… You can’t truly
experience the power (and privilege) of freedom without first activating self-discipline.
You can’t have a vibrant, healthy body without applying willpower toward what you eat and how often (and well) you move.
You can’t experience the enjoyment of having a peaceful, beautiful home without spending some
amount of time organizing and caring for it every single day.
You can’t be a rock star in your career without getting your hands dirty and putting in the necessary hours to get the job done well.
And we all know you can’t drink the sweet, healing nectar of a blossoming love relationship without daily cultivation and devotion to its growth.
Self-discipline is the giver, not the taker, of freedom.