Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.
“No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.”
— Harry E. Fosdick
Self-discipline and self-motivation are joined at the hip. When you practice self-discipline you feel like you are in control of your life. You feel content and motivated because you’re moving toward your goals.
Daily Leadership Message
Formal Leadership Instruction Provided As Part Of A Leadership Development Process
Schooling is the first phase of the the Leadereship Development Process and is critical to the development of the Virtuous Leader.
Schooling Exists Along A Broad Continuum Of Quality And Intensity
Spending four years at West Point and reading Leadership For Dummies in one’s spare time are both examples of Schooling. Although they dwell at opposite ends of the quality/intensity continuum, they share the characteristic of the didactic dissemination of certain commonly held principles of what a Leader is and what he does.
Leadership Is Counterintuitive
Schooling is critical because so much of what a Leader is and does is counterintuitive.
For example, it is our human nature to have full control over all of our efforts and to seek praise and avoid blame for the results they produce. A Leader, however, must be prepared to completely invert this formula.
Because a Leader is a man who Influences other men to and through Movement, his IMPACT and the change he effectuates will largely be through the action of others. The more men he Influences and the more Movement he causes, the more IMPACTful the Leader is. Sometimes the results of a Leader’s Impact are successful and sometimes not, but what is always true is that the particular Outcome obtained is greatly dependent upon the actions taken by a Leader’s followers in response to his Influence, much of which is outside of his direct control.
If a Leader’s Influence results in a positive Outcome the Q cannot bask in the ensuing praise, but must pass it on in full measure to his Team regardless of how little he thinks they did (in comparison to him) to pull it off. Likewise, the Leader must fully accept the entire blame in the face of a negative Outcome, regardless of whose actual fault it was. Success belongs to the Team but Failure is the Q’s alone to bear
Read More SCHOOLING: The phase of an LDP during which formal Leadership instruction is provided. (Q3.13)
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
1 John 2:5-6
But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that’s where you will find success.”
Thomas J. Watson
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
“Success is just a war of attrition. Sure, there’s an element of talent you should probably possess. But if you just stick around long enough, eventually something is going to happen.”
More than a decade ago, a man was reading his morning newspaper. To his surprise and horror, he read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had mistakenly reported the death of the wrong person for sure. He was shocked to read news headline about his death. When he regained his composure, He read it to find out what people had said about him.
The obituary included sentences like, “Dynamite King Dies.” and “He was the merchant of death.”. The man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question,
“Is this how I am going to be remembered?” he asked himself. He decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered and he decided to change.
From that day on, he started working toward world peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize, the greatest of all the prizes.
The Nobel Prize has been honoring men and women from all corners of the globe for outstanding achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and for work in peace since 1901. The foundations for the prize were laid in 1895 when Alfred Nobel wrote his last will, leaving much of his wealth to the establishment of the Nobel Prize.
Moral : It is never late to start over.