30 Sep What you are going to be tomorrow, you are becoming today. (JOHN C. MAXWELL)
Recently I spoke on the subject “How to Get out of Your Own Way.” A tremendous response was received from many listeners, who said, “The lesson was needed in my life. I am my worst problem!”
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned and, however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.
My parents modeled discipline and insisted that their three children develop that lifestyle. Time management, hard work, persistence, honesty, responsibility, and a positive attitude, regardless of the situation, were always expected of us. However, I didn’t appreciate this training until I went to college. There I saw many students who couldn’t get a grip on their lives or their studies. I began to realize that I had a decided advantage over others because of the disciplines already “under my belt.” It is true—when you do the things you ought to do when you ought to do them, the day will come when you will do the things you want to do when you want to do them. Hard work is the accumulation of the easy things you didn’t do when you should have.
What you are going to be tomorrow, you are becoming today. It is essential to begin developing self-discipline in a small way today in order to be disciplined in a big way tomorrow.
A Small Plan That Will Make a Big Difference
1. List five areas in your life that lack discipline.
2. Place them in order of your priority for conquering them.
3. Take them on, one at a time.
4. Secure resources, such as books and tapes, that will give you instruction and motivation to conquer each area.
5. Ask a person who models the trait you want to possess to hold you accountable for it.
6. Spend fifteen minutes each morning getting focused in order to get control of this weak area in your life.
7. Do a five-minute checkup on yourself at midday.
8. Take five minutes in the evening to evaluate your progress.
9. Allow sixty days to work on one area before you go to the next.
10. Celebrate with the one who holds you accountable as you show continued success.
Remember, having it all doesn’t mean having it all at once. It takes time. Start small and concentrate on today.
The slow accumulation of disciplines will one day make a big difference.
Developing the Leader Within You & Developing the Leaders Around You
John C. Maxwell