Developing 5 Daily Disciplines Part 1

Our alarm goes off at 5 a.m. Monday – Friday.  But I have to admit, I’m not always in bed at 5:00 in the morning anyway.  Somewhere in the 4 o’clock hour, often I’m ready to start the day.  Although today… when sleep alluded me at 3:45 because of the thunder, I didn’t get right up.  I laid there and shopped online.  

Getting up early is not really a daily discipline for me.  It’s just something that happens naturally because I have this internal clock that thinks more of the wee morning hours than the night time hours.

But… getting up early is an extremely important element to my day.  Otherwise, I will never accomplish my daily disciplines.  I am most productive in the mornings.  Î try to get in a 15-20 minute power nap but that doesn’t always pan out.  

I don’t know about you, but I just seem to function better with daily disciplines.  I have goals and I know that if I’m going to reach my goals, there are a few things I must to do every day.  If I don’t do them, it just makes me feel all wonky and unproductive.

If I don’t stick to my daily disciplines I feel like I’ve wasted time, energy, opportunity and even purpose.  And I hate to waste anything.  That’s why we’re still eating on the crockpot chicken that didn’t turn out so well.  We can barely choke it down.  But… oh no… we shan’t waste it.  

You’re daily disciplines may be different than mine, but here’s what makes me most productive…

My 5 Daily Disciplines

In the order I do them but not order of importance…

1. Exercise

My Goal: To run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, April 24, 2016.  (a marathon is 26.2 miles – as of this writing I have 289 days, 14 hrs and 34 minutes to train)



Most exciting race I’ve ever run! I ran the 5th leg on our relay team. Team: Tyson Haworth, Ronnie Gould, Wendy Manning, Troy Rutz, Gwen Rutz

I exercise first because I have a set amount of time I want to devote to it.  The other disciplines, I like to leave open-ended where time is concerned.  Also, if I don’t exercise first it won’t get done.

Exercising may not be a very spiritual thing to do, but it is a very inspirational and motivating thing to do.

In school I was not an athlete.  Now if they’d had trampoline as a sport, I could’ve done that.  Not to brag but… I can still do a back flip.  That’s right folks.  It’s my skill.  But sports were just not anything I thought I could do.  I was terrible at basketball and track was better suited for… anybody but me.

But about 6 years ago, I decided to try to jog around the track.  Epic fail!  Troy was an excellent runner in school making it to the state track meet but I couldn’t even make it to the curve!  And I was going slow!  Troy was walking the same speed I was jogging!  But…

Here's my Troy at a track meet.  Every track star had a boom box.

Here’s my Troy at a track meet. Every track star had a boom box.

I kept doing it.  I found a plan that taught me how to run all the way around the track.  I did it and then I did it again and again and again and before I knew it I had run a whole mile!  I could hardly believe I had finally done it!  Running was fun!  So… I decided to keep at it.

Running was someting I came to enjoy and something that Troy and I could do together so we started entering 5K races.

5 K in Altus, OK.  It was so hot during this race... after I crossed the finish line... I hurled... twice.  (TMI, I know)

5 K in Altus, OK. It was so hot during this race… after I crossed the finish line… I hurled… twice. (TMI, I know)

Running became something more to me than just exercise.  It was a time where I sharpened my focus and concentration.  Some people zone out when they run.  Not me.  I focus on my steps, my breathing, my pace, and how much further!

But ultimately what running did for me was show me that I can.  I never thought I could even run 1 mile.  But the day my Running App showed me that I had run 18.2 miles, I knew that I could do anything I put my mind and devotion to.


These runs were outdoors. Not on the treadmill.

That lesson has been something I’ve drawn strength from ever since that long gruelling run on August 21, 2010.  I can do difficult things.  I can break barriers that have held me back.  I can push myself beyond what I think I’m capable of doing.  I can go past my comfort zone to reach a goal.  I CAN!

And you can too.  Seriously.  You can.

My mama told me a long time ago.  “Gwen, you can do anything you want to do.  If you want it bad enough you’ll do what it takes to make it happen”.  Mama was right.

Think about your daily disciplines.  Are they getting you where you want to go?  If they are, keep at it!  If they aren’t.  Think about how you can tweek them to serve your needs and reach your goals.  It’s important to set goals and it makes you feel so good when you reach them.

If you need a little inspiraiton, write down Mama’s words on an piece of paper and tape it to your mirror.  Read them every morning and remind yourself…



More disciplines next time..

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