I hope you had a great Christmas and your 2015 is off to a focused start.

As you begin a new year, let me remind you as I wrote yesterday, not to be merely, out with the old. Bring the good things from 2014 with you.

However, after you decide what good stuff to pack for the journey ahead, it is time to embrace In With the New.


photo creds to Rebekah Gravitt

Remember, the systems and routines you currently have built into your life are perfectly designed to give you the results you are getting. Your mind is a product of your commitment to study and learning. Your body is a reflection of your exercise and nutrition. Your soul is a manifestation of the spiritual priorities you either practice or neglect. If you want to move things to another level during the coming year, it will require a new way of thinking and behaving. I encourage you to look at your current habits and make the necessary adjustments.

So how did you do in 2014?

What changes do you plan to make in 2015?

My hope is you will have the best year of your life. If that is to happen, after you identify the new, DISCIPLINE will be the key to unlock your potential.

The “D” word is heavy. It drips with, “This is going to cost me some effort … consistent effort.” Yikes!

After less than a week, discipline is the word that has us rethinking our New Year’s resolutions. But without discipline, greatness is out of the question.

In Good to Great, Jim Collins says the first “action” of a disciplined thinker is to focus on his or her “Hedgehog Concept” – that place where a person has the potential to be world class.

The problem is most of us are not interested in the necessary actions required to be world class. When it comes to discipline we are easily distracted and, therefore, forfeit greatness.

On his blog, author Donald Miller wrote the following words … “No culture in history has been more distracted. If you are wondering why there are no more C.S. Lewis’ in the world, no more stories as good as Tolkien’s, no cathedrals as great as the gothic’s, no music as moving as Pachelbel’s, it may be because the writers of these books, the tellers of these stories, the architects of these buildings and the composers of these symphonies are sitting on their couches watching television.”

Whether your distraction is television or not, chances are you have a place where you’ll be tempted to loose focus and waste your time. Recognize your weakness, and refuse to be lazy. There are no shortcuts to greatness.

In the end, a disciplined life will cost you less than an undisciplined one. The first will only cost you fortitude. The other will cost you regret.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be great during 2015. Make the decision to think in a new way and then discipline yourself to make it happen.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What changes do you plan to make during 2015?

What is your biggest goal for the coming year?

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