Discipline is the first key to achieving your goals, or what I will refer to from now on as “success.” Without the ability and drive to keep going toward success, all of the planning sessions, strategy retreats, and resulting arguments are just wasted energy. Without the discipline to execute, you may as well fold up your tent and go home, because at least your home has a roof to keep you dry. Your business will fail without discipline and execution, and you will be left without the proverbial “roof over your head”.
I was working at General Electric when Dr. Stephen Covey introduced his famous planning system which was soon copied by his competitors. The modern planning systems are now electronic or cloud-based so we can have instant access to our to do lists, calendars with too many unproductive meetings, and to make us even less productive, instant messaging and e-mail. Yet we still are not accomplishing the goals we set for ourselves and for our companies and I would posit that the rate of meaningful accomplishment is lower now than two-and-a-half decades ago.
If the presence of the latest app, program, or favorite “tool” (mine is a very effective paper calendar) is not solving the problem, then it is very plausible that the difficulty might reside within us. If this is truly the case, then we should celebrate our fortune and be grateful that there is at least one thing in our lives and businesses over which we have control–that would be ourselves.
There I said it, and as painful as it is to believe, we are generally our own worst enemy and the root of our lack of success–OUCH!
However, this is the best news I could possibly give you today. While you’ve been unwittingly sabotaging yourself so far, you can now change your behaviors, and deliberately and intentionally cease these habits and implement new ones that will focus you on success.
The next best news is that once you learn what works best for you and begin showing results, you can share your mindset and methods with colleagues and allow them to create their own successes. As your string of successes extends, and you share your methods with others and their success increase, you have created the base for a successful team, committee, department or entire organization.
Copyright 2017 Doug Ringer
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