DISCIPLINE

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There is only one kind of discipline – SELF-DISCIPLINE! “Group Discipline” is nothing more than everyone in a group being self-disciplined together. You may share similar goals and values, but ultimately it is YOU taking charge of yourself to achieve those goals and live by those values.

DELAYED GRATIFICATION

Postponing the things you would rather do in favor of the things that need to be done.

This requires that you set priorities and decide what needs immediate action and what does not. Delayed gratification requires that you keep focused on the end result (your goal) and make choices that lead to that end regardless of whether you feel like it at the moment.

ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY

Before a problem can be solved, you must accept responsibility for finding the solution.

You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Get help when you need it, but see the problem through to its resolution. Even if the circumstance was brought upon by others or by something outside your immediate influence, OWN THE PROBLEM AND FIND THE SOLUTION.

DEDICATION TO THE TRUTH

The more accurately you view yourself, the better equipped you are to deal appropriately with the world.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines discipline as “training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior.” How would you define character? The truth may be static or dynamic – it may change as circumstances change. Just as maps have to be updated to reflect the changing landscape, your personal MAP OF THE TRUTH will require revision from time to time.

True discipline is never at the mercy of your emotions. In essence, discipline is a contract between you and your values. And like a contract, if you put your goals and values in writing, you’ll be more likely to honor the promise you make to yourself. Then share your goals with others. This will help keep you accountable for achieving them.

For more insight into the notion of DISCIPLINE, I highly recommend the book, “The Road Less Traveled,” by M. Scott Peck. It’s great summer reading and may help launch you toward becoming the leader you dream of being.