How A Portrait of Discipline Was Born
A Portrait of Discipline started out as a divine gift to me. God whispered it in my ear over three years ago on a plane ride home from Hawaii. Originally, it started in 2013 as a published poem about discipline.
Recently, I was moved to expand and produce it for you. So it is my sincerest hope that A Portrait of Discipline will inspire you. You can heal old hurts while helping you and the people that you care about accomplish great things. As you go through A Portrait of Discipline, you will likely need to go through it about three times over the next two weeks.
See below the video for the instructions for how I suggest you move through it.
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Instructions to Create Your Own
Portrait of Discipline
1. Take it in fully
On your first review, just sit back, relax, and quiet your mind as you go through the entire portrait of discipline in one sitting. Let it move you and affect you. Allow it to challenge and inspire you.
2. Catch what calls out to you
On your second pass through, what you want to do is to mark out the statements that move you at an emotional and gut level. You're going to have some statements that are going to inspire you and some of them may trouble you, and that's okay. It's important to note which statements provoke you.
3. Ponder what’s next for you
For your third review, you now want to ask yourself:
Why does a certain statement inspire me?
Your answer about what inspires you in each statement is because your inner self is calling to you saying that life has more for you. You’re closer to your next level of greatness. There's more opportunity around the corner that you can move toward. You don't have to give up or sell yourself short of going after what you want..
4. Let it tug at your heart
A statement or two might irritate you. It might cause sadness or remind you of a situation in the past where you feel that you maybe failed or that you didn't give it your best. Perhaps you feel like you let somebody down.
All of this is natural and it’s okay. It's my sincerest hope that in that moment you can start, continue or finish healing one of those past situations. Remember that your past is history and how tomorrow will arrive is based on your decisions made today.
It's easy to sit in your chair today and judge your history. It's easy for you to condemn your actions 5, 10 or 20 years ago. It's easy for you to second-guess which way you should've gone. It's always easy to do that.
If a particular statement has brought you some discomfort, it's an opportunity for healing to take place for you.
Acknowledge the situation that happened. You might forgive yourself or somebody else if you haven’t done so already. Then work to pour love into the situation and just love yourself for the person that you are today because of what you went through and how you came out of it to be where you presently are.
It will never change the way you went through that experience. But, you've now become the person you are today because of it. If you know you can do better, then let that inspire you to make the small incremental changes that you need to make over time so that you can get new and better results.
5. Our world needs more toe to toe, eye to eye conversation
The statements that jump out at you will become a tool for you to build a bridge toward meaningful discussion with somebody that's close to you. You might want to share with them what moved or challenged you.
You can say, “I was reading/watching this and it made me instantly think of you. You might want to check it out. This one statement caught my attention as it applies to me. What’s your thoughts on it?”
You will definitely inspire some great collaborative talks with your people.
Is This a Gift?
If you've found A Portrait of Discipline to be a gift to you as it is to me, I just ask you to help me in two ways:
First, share it with somebody you care about.
Share it with somebody that you feel it might resonate with and give them the gift and opportunity to hear and see A Portrait of Discipline. Passing this along to your family, friends or within your circle of influence would be a great gift to me and I thank you in advance for helping spread the message.
Secondly, tell me what you are going to do next.
Send me an email or leave me a comment at the bottom of the page below and let me know how A Portrait of Discipline is motivating you to make some incremental change in your life starting the rest of today, tomorrow and forever.
I look forward to our dialogue together to see how it inspires you and moves you to take some new action for the rest of today, tomorrow and forever. Thank you for honouring me with your time, attention and giving A Portrait of Discipline, a chance to work for you.