Discipline. The word feels heavy. It drips with, “This is going to cost me some effort. Consistent effort.”
It is the word that has us rethinking our New Year’s resolutions after a week and a half.
But without discipline, greatness is out of the question.
This past week we have focused on greatness through the lens of discipline. Disciplined people, disciplined thinking, and now disciplined actions.
In Good to Great, Collins says that 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. We are easily distracted when it comes to discipline and therefore we forfeit greatness.
Last week, author Donald Miller wrote the following words on his blog: “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 are tempted to loose your 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 cost you fortitude. The other will cost you regret.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be great today. It will hurt less than you think.
Why do you think today’s leaders are so distracted?