I have a friend who recently reminded me that, “Discipline is remembering what you want.”

Often times I forget what I want, and discipline wanes in my life.  Is the same true for you?  Has it been a while since you reviewed your goals and thought through what you really want?

If so, I challenge you to set aside some time in the coming week and evaluate your life and leadership from a discipline standpoint.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Write down what you want.  Every week, spend an hour reviewing what you write down and identify the objectives that will get you to where you want to go.  Careful planning is the first step to ending up in a great place.

2. Do what you wrote down.  That is the discipline part.  Things will seem hard at times, but just do what you are supposed to do.  And every time you want to quit, remember you are moving toward what you want.

3. Evaluate your progress.  Just as a pilot constantly adjusts a plane to keep it on course with the set coordinates of a flight, a leader must also make adjustments along the way.  If you find yourself failing to make progress or headed in the wrong direction, make the necessary changes and get back on course.

4. Identify some accountability.   You will have a lot more success if you have to look someone in the eye from time to time and give an account of how you are doing.

Remember what you want.  It will keep you hungry, focused, and disciplined.