On the Value and Joy of Discipline

Great leaders are faced with a world of changes right now: changes from without and within. New external regulations and demands are being imposed on society, and daily habits and routines are disrupted in response to them. An inner voice beckons for normalcy, yet its time is not yet now. There is a need for something in order to recapture a sense of control and routine. For great leaders, discipline is their key.

While the word discipline may bring to mind feelings of rigidity, structured harshness, limitations and even discomfort, the real living with discipline creates a different actuality: it brings comfort, order and control in its exercise.  Abraham Lincoln said: “Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.” It is doing what is right and important in the now. Through a new discipline, daily habits and routines will be adjusted to continue to find the fulfillment that was theirs. Priorities will be revisited and reshaped to meet the new circumstances. Mindsets will be attuned that positivity plays even a greater role in their servant leadership of others. Discipline will serve to bring a normalcy back from a perceived chaos.

An unknown author wrote: “The distance between your dreams and reality is called discipline.” May we take others with us on our journey on this road less traveled that they, too, find a renewed normalcy. And on that journey, may the words of George Washington echo in our ears: “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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One Response to On the Value and Joy of Discipline

  1. Sona Patel says:

    There is much truth to these words, Mike!

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