Just a salad? Just a salad?

I’ll be softly muttering this infamous Seinfeld line on a loop this month as I tap my elusive inner herbivore in an attempt to better balance my neglected intake of leafy greens and vegetables. Let’s hope things go better than my last 30 Day Challenge…

I’d like to take a minute to talk about discipline. Discipline has been a scarce resource for as long as I can remember. I never needed it handed out to be growing up because, for all purposes, I was a pretty good kid. I didn’t get into trouble, steal beer, get into fights, cheat on tests or even skip class to make out under the bleachers (despite my best efforts).

I always thought discipline was a bad thing so I did whatever I could to make sure I didn’t get any of it. It’s about control, and receiving discipline from others makes you feel out of control, putting you in a place of discomfort and angst. Sound familiar?

But what about self-discipline? What about the stuff you’d learn about in a dojo from a sansei? You see, that’s the good stuff. That’s what puts you in control of your actions, your habits, and ultimately your happiness.

That’s what the 30 day challenge is about for me: finding a way to implement discipline as a way to better control my own habits. And that’s exactly what it takes. You can’t alter your behavioral patterns without discipline. You must be unwavering, rigorous and diligent in your efforts to be better. Otherwise, as soon as things get hard or inconvenient, they become unimportant and expendable.

So I start a new 30 days with discipline in mind. A salad a day should be easy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t work. Keeping the fridge stocked with rabbit food and ignoring urges to junkify my diet are good starts. Next month I’ll be back with a whole new challenge and hopefully good news about this one.

Just a salad.

Just a salad.

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Peter Secan

Peter Secan

Peter is an architectural designer, freelance writer, and creator of The Self Aware Man. He wants to use this blog to share his thoughts and experiences, and much of his power is derived from the baldness of his head. He currently freelances for several blogs, including BusyBoo, Easy Render and Games Like Zone.

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