Today’s Tarot lesson is an important one and I love the Emperor card so much for it. There is a difference in life between self-discipline and punishment. Those who reach goals consistently are keenly aware of this difference.
Discipline requires effort, but it is an effort that is not burdened by self-defeat, negative self-talk, procrastination due to fear of failure etc. Discipline doesn’t demoralize or talk down – it looks up. It provides incentive.
Self-defeat is why many people stop striving to reach their goals. They give up and throw in the towel. Think about it. Weight loss is a good example. Someone who focuses on increasing their health, improving their physical energy etc. is more likely to be successful than someone who obsesses over their appearance and compares themselves to others or unrealistic expectations.
In career areas, if you love what you do that passion for it compels you to push higher, see what you can do etc. If you are stuck doing something you don’t like it becomes a burden. You feel guilty for not getting ahead, but the passion for the cause isn’t there…
Emperor in a Tarot Reading
Time to be focused and disciplined, take initiative. If you’ve been procrastinating there is a need to get it in gear and take positive, constructive action. Consider your current plans also – are they truly beneficial to you? If so be proactive and if not, perhaps it’s time to find a new direction for your energies.
Personal Reflection Questions
- Am I too hard on myself?
- Do unrealistic expectations cause me to lose motivation?
- Do I have a concrete plan and goals?
- In what ways can I be more proactive?
- Do I know the difference between punishment and discipline?