A great resource to keep close to your desk is John Maxwell’s Daily Reader. He provides wisdom and insight for each day of the year. It really helps get your day started right. In this post I want to share with you what he wrote for May 22nd:
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.
- List five areas in your life that lack discipline.
- Place them in order of your priority for conquering them.
- Take them on, one at a time.
- Secure resources such as books and tapes, that will give you instruction and motivation to conquer each area.
- Ask a person who models the trait you want to posses to hold you accountable for it.
- Spend fifteen minutes each morning getting focused in order to get control of this weak area of your life.
- Do a five minute checkup on yourself at midday.
- Take five minutes in the evening to evaluate your progress.
- Allow sixty days to work on one area before you go to the next.
- 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.