Last Friday, I’m sitting at my son’s baseball practice and hear his coach mention spring training. Spring training?

Okay, I’ll admit. I’m more than ready for spring. Especially since there’s still snow on the ground and baseball isn’t supposed to be practiced indoors.

But, training? Not quite as appealing.

Until I came across this quote:

“Those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest.” ~Brutus Hamilton, Olympic decathlete and coach

The happiest? Through discipline and hard work?

I took a closer look at the word discipline. The definition of discipline is training that is expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior.

Training for a desired result. For example, (purely hypothetically speaking, of course) what if my desired result was to run a marathon or maybe a 5K race? My desire is to finish, preferably without dying or embarrassing myself with a time a two-year-old could beat. So, I develop a plan of action and commit myself to pursing that goal through a lot of hard work. And every day I find myself a little bit closer.

Would that make me happy? It should. Because I have a goal … and a plan … and I’m making progress. I’m in training.

What other patterns of behavior might I (really) pursue? Loving my husband through his love language of words. Healthier eating habits. Spending one-on-one time with each of my children. Writing on a consistent basis with weekly word count goals.

What about you? Are you in training? Do you think those in training are the happiest? Why or why not?
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2 thoughts on “Spring Training

  • March 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    >I'm training for the Writing Olympics. You know – publication! It's every bit as daunting as the sports version, but I'm pressing on.

    Susan 🙂

  • March 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm


    As I write your comment, I am working on training in Trusting God more and working on removing childish childhood fears.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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