Quote I am pondering
“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – Abraham Lincoln
Thoughts I’m Processing
Words are powerful! They can be a source of comfort, calm, and hope. They can cause anger, hurt, and disdain. Words can also inspire and encourage us. in their book One Word that Will Change Your Life, Jon Gordon, Dan Britton, and Jimmy Page present the concept of finding just one word that will inspire you to “create clarity, power, passion, and life-change”. One word? Really? To be honest, I really do not know if these authors have discoverd something or not. But I am willing to give it a try. I am starting a “one word experiment” for 2018. After much thought and prayer, my “one word” for 2018 is DISCIPLINE.
Actions I’m Pursuing
In The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson gives seven simple disciplines that are supposed to provide “massive success and happiness”. I don’t know if these seven disciplines will really provide what the author promises, but the first two disciples are certainly noteworthy. First you must”show up”. Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of success is just showing up. If I am going to lose the weight I want to lose and exercise the way I want, read the books I desire to read, etc., etc. I first must show up. Second I must “be consistent”. I will never accomplish what I want to in 2018 by just showing up occasionally. Consistency is what produces the real results. The four discipline mentioned in The Slight Edge is “be committed for a long period of time”. Thousands of people are committed to their New Year’s Resolutions for a few weeks, but success demands commitment over time.
So, will the one word DISCIPLINE be the magic bullet that will allow me to show up, be consistent, and committed for the entire year? NO! However, I believe that focusing on that one word will give me…
- Energy – As I keep this word before me I can envision reaching those goals that I’ve set for myself in 2018. This gives me energy to go to the next level.
- Encouragement – Discipline breeds discipline. As I practice discipline it will be easier to become more disciplined.
- Evaluation – Discipline is easy to evaluation. Did I or did I not do a specific task during a day or a week. I’ve got an app on my phone to help me track that.
I’ve shared with you my “one word” for 2018 – DISCIPLINE. I challenge you to join my experiment and discover your “one word” and see if it really does change our lives.