I don’t accept excuses. “Do or do not: there is no ‘try.’”
When you and I make an agreement, as to your behavior in achieving your goal, you’re now accountable not only to yourself, but to me, and I really don’t like being disappointed.
My work as a disciplinarian has given me the tools and skill to deal with your failures. Your punishment will be fair, and metered to you, your situation, your tolerance, your body, your mind; before you go over my knee, we will discuss your limits, and I will not violate those limits.
Make no mistake: though I will temper your punishment to suit your needs, it will still be punishment. It will hurt. You will not like it.
But that’s exactly the point.
A consequence without bite isn’t a consequence but an inconvenience. And no one ever improved their behavior from a mere inconvenience.
Punishment gives you a clean slate. You’ve done wrong and received punishment for it. You’re free from the guilt and the weight of that wrong: your error has been paid for. With this freedom and levity, you may find yourself renewed, willing and able to pursue the very things you couldn’t in the past.
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