By now I’m sure you’ve made your New Year’s Resolution, as it is January 3rd. I don’t believe in resolutions because they don’t last. They’re a great gimmick, which benefit gyms and diet programs in January and February. Since I’ve read Jon Gordon’s book, [amazon-product text=”One Word That Will Change Your Life” type=”text”]111854241X[/amazon-product], I’ve focused on that word rather than a resolution. In this book, the reader learns how to simplify personal and professional goals by using one word. I challenge you read this book and hope it brings you the clarity it brought me. Last year, my word was “clarity.” This year I have chosen “discipline.” In this post I’ll share why discipline is important along with three keys that will bring you success in 2014.
I chose “discipline” for 2014 because without it there can be no success. No matter what goals we have in mind for the coming year we must have discipline in order to achieve them. We must have the most important form of discipline–self-discipline. My favorite quote on discipline is from Jim Rohn: “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” I have a lot of personal and professional goals, but none will be attained without discipline. Regardless of your goals or resolutions I believe there are three keys that help you accomplish them, all of which involve some form of discipline.
The first key is to show up. I’m not talking about just showing up and punching the time clock. Don’t be someone who goes through the motions. Show up with a purpose and put in meaningful work. Don’t be the person who goes to the gym for a few weeks and then quits. Show up every day. Don’t be the person who only works when he feels good. If we all only worked on the days when we felt great, nothing would get accomplished. It takes self-discipline to show up everyday and put in quality work. It’s hard at the beginning, but once you program your mind and body to do so it becomes habit. Discipline yourself to show up everyday in 2014.
The second key is to do your absolute best. No matter what it is you want to accomplish this year, give it your best effort. There are two things we can always control, our attitude and effort. I’m convinced that if our attitude and effort are great, the results will take care of themselves. Focus on the process and not the result. No one who ever gave his best effort regretted it. Now it’s easy to say this, but it takes a lot of discipline to give your best every day. It will require personal sacrifice but it will be worth it in the end.
The last key is to serve. In order to achieve your goals in 2014, first focus on how you can help others achieve theirs. It’s true, the more you give the more you get in return. Society tells us the opposite. However, if we focus on serving our family, friends, and co-workers, we can accomplish any goal on our list because of the support we’ll get in return. It is said that service is the highest form of spiritual discipline. I highly recommend Bob Burg’s book, [amazon-product text=”The Go-Giver” type=”text”]159184200X[/amazon-product]. It brilliantly illustrates this key. I have used many of Burg’s lessons and they’ve brought many great returns. I think Zig Ziglar sums it up perfectly, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
Thank for you reading and the continued support. 2013 was a great year, and I’m looking forward to an even better 2014. I challenge you to find your word for the upcoming year.
Have a great week, and be and RGP this year!