The BayLeag Blog: Discipline

By: Gail Summers 3 years ago


The early spring irises are past their peak and the last blooms are almost spent. The iris clumps that are over 4 years old are now huge and their rhizomes need separating. If they are not separated, they will lose vitality, grow weaker with each passing season and produce fewer blooms. Separating the iris clumps is part of my garden discipline, but I don’t like doing it.

A wise person once told me that discipline is doing what you don’t want to do. Business writer Paul Evans states that the number one reason we procrastinate, or put things off, or skip them altogether can be summed up in five little words — I don’t feel like it. Kop Kopmeyer, an expert in how to achieve success describes self-discipline as the ability to make yourself do, what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not, says

So what parts of your business don’t you like? Is it the details of scheduling, bookkeeping, deliveries or finding funding? Is there something you dislike doing so you procrastinate doing it?  Is there something that’s not fun, so you don’t do it? Is there something you aren’t good at so you don’t do it? See the pattern – You don’t do it. Stop. Do it.

Here are some success tips for doing it:
    • Keep your word, to others and to yourself.
    • Do what you dislike first.
    • Get someone else to do it.
    • Re-frame what you dislike and think of those tasks as being in service of what you are passionate about.
    • Remember the tasks and chores that you don’t want to do will help you succeed.

Thus, I’ll go find my pitchfork and separate the iris clumps that need it. There could be over 100 rhizomes in one clump. I’ll replant many and give away many more. Once it’s done, I’ll be happy I did it and next year’s plants will come back stronger and prettier.

Self-Discipline for the Entrepreneur, by Paul Evans, Entrepreneur Magazine.

BayLeaf (Laurus nobilis): 1. An herb used to enhance flavor then removed so flavor stands on its own; 2. A symbol of victory, honor or triumph

The BayLeaf Blog is posted every Monday, unless it is gardening season, then it’s posted after dark on any day, unless I get headlights installed on my wheelbarrow, then who knows what will happen. Enjoy.

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