Five (More) Resources To Help You Stay Disciplined

Being disciplined is the foundation that helps you get things done, achieve your goals, and fulfill your purpose in life.

Being disciplined is the similar to a well maintained vehicle. It increases performance, saves cost, and ensures reliability. The last point is critical as being a disciplined person means others can trust you more because you are more likely to be reliable.

Here is a list of resources I’ve curated when conducting research to teach the course on self disciplined. I know you will find them useful.

Audio: Being disciplined at the organizational level

To be disciplined at the organizational level means to introduce a set of ## mechanisms that drive disciplined thoughts and disciplined actions. In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins doesn’t touch on the topic of strategic planning and how that’s linked to being disciplined. However, his website provides additional resources with insights into how this concept is applied.

In this audio lesson, Collins tells us that both sets of companies in his research carry out strategic planning. Since both sets of companies do strategic planning, then strategic planning cannot be a differentiating factor between the two sets of companies.

However, he later revealed that that it is not the act of conducting strategic planning that sets them apart. Instead, it is how they use the process of strategic planning as a mechanism for disciplined thought that is the differentiating factor.

Have a listen here:

Article: Being disciplined at the individual level

Thomas Ambler expanded on the definition of what Disciplined People means. Some of the definitions include:

  • They have a habit of self-discipline (the discipline comes primarily from within and it is “grooved”)
  • They typically finish things they start
  • They are capable of facing and dealing with brutal facts, even about themselves
  • They are willing to adhere to the organization’s systems for getting work done
  • They have a passion for doing certain types of work or advancing certain purposes

Based on those definition, he made the connection between Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Jim Collins’ Disciplined People.

For instance:

  • Habit #1: Be Proactive – They have a habit of self-discipline, where the discipline comes primarily from within. Covey’s idea of a proactive person is one who is able to subordinate an impulse to a value.
  • Habit #3: Put First Things First – They typically finish things they start. Their ability to do so is due to their meticulous management of their priorities.
  • Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw – They are capable of facing and dealing with brutal facts, even about themselves. Disciplined people are not just willing to do the hard work, they are also reflective (disciplined thought) and do the work necessary (disciplined action) to become better (based on their hedgehog concept).

Further reading: A Culture of Discipline – Building Toward Great by Thomas E. Ambler

Video: Bringing up a disciplined child

Carol Dweck’s research points to a significant shift in thinking. That thinking says:

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.

Following this thinking, I have made a fundamental shift in the way I praise my children. To illustrate

When my child does something really well, I used to say “good job”. Having this change of mindset, I now say, “see, you are getting better”.

While it may seem subtle, the messaging is clearly different.

By saying, “good job” I am communicating to my child that what he or she has done is good. However, good is the enemy of great!

Instead, when I say, “see, you are getting better“, I am praising their efforts and their desire to try (and maybe even fail) and persist. I am also communicating that yesterday you were good, but because you are disciplined enough to invest time and energy in your endeavors, today you have become better.

Additionally, I am also suggesting the idea of that the best is yet to be!

Watch it here:
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Video: Motivation (or kick in the butt)

Let’s face it. Staying disciplined is hard. From time to time we all fall off the bandwagon. But a disciplined person would always pick himself up, dust off, and get back on track.

And we can all do with some motivation and encouragement.

Watch this every morning:

Hack: Once you’re on it, don’t break it

There will times when you are on a roll. And then things happen.

It is normal.

Here’s what Jerry Seinfeld did to discipline himself to write jokes every day:

  • He used a unique calendar system to pressure himself to write.
  • For each day that he completed his task of writing, he’d put a big red X over that day.
  • After a few days he’ll have a chain.
  • Over time, the chain would grow longer.
  • Seeing that long chain, the last you’d want is to break the chain.

Further reading: Jerry Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret by Gina Trapani

What about you?

What resources have you used to help you become more disciplined?

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