Monthly Archives: August 2017

Sign of Humility

Discipline is the clearest indicator of humility because it battles the hubris of overconfidence. A case could be made that someone who constantly takes care of the small things is humble enough to know that they are their best self because of their discipline. They know that if their discipline were to lapse, they would not be

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Discipline is a source of emotional security.

When I am disciplined enough to prepare well, I can walk into situations with the confidence required to succeed. How much emotional insecurity is spawned from a habit of undisciplined choices and behavior? How many times are we insecure because we compromised and try to fake it like we didn’t? How many times did we walk into

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Compromised disciplined can compromise integrity.

Discipline allows us to avoid situations that would tempt us to cheat the system. When we are disciplined, we have to rely less on shortcuts and therefore we are not tempted as often to compromise our integrity. It’s easier to make the right decision when we are not in the difficult circumstances caused by our undisciplined choices.

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Discipline is a source of self-respect.

When we are disciplined, we are closer to our best self. We set ourselves up for the best circumstances. Discipline allows us to walk confidently into our day. Disciplined behavior allows us to feel differently about ourselves than when we are constantly behind because of poor choices. It gives us the dignity to honor our efforts with

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Consider the Original Intent

Inconvenient programs and policies are often targeted as being in the way of caring for people. To remove them is often short-sighted for the convenience of the moment. Unfortunately, policies and programs are often removed without any regard for the original intent. People were hurt in the past and the policy was put in place. If that

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People Over Programs

I have often heard from people who were hurt by a tough decision that people should come before programs. While this is generally true, I believe the statement is a often misused. Programs and policies are often put in place in order to avoid situations where people get hurt. These are usually appreciated until they become inconvenient.

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The Flaw

When sentiment is misapplied, it becomes a dangerous flaw for a leader and their team. Sentiment is a root cause of partiality and favoritism. It causes leaders to overlook flaws in people they care about. That decision to see things through sentimental eyes puts the team at a direct disadvantage. It calls into question what the actual

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Living with the Danger of our Nature

Sentiment is a dangerous part of human nature. It’s dangerous because we should care for people. It’s not like we can turn off our sentiment. We must let it live within us without allowing it to control as at the wrong moments. Sentiment can demonstrate what is best in humanity by making decisions at the right time

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Time will Tell

People get second or even third chances but what happens if someone hits a lid in their personal development? Time has a way of illuminating the facts of a situation like nothing else. We must be slow to decide on someone’s potential, but when given enough time to examine the whole body of work, a call should

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Don't tell me, show me.

We have all heard the excuses and disagreements about the reasons why someone has performed poorly or made a mistake. All the apologies and plans in the world lose credibility without the intended results becoming a reality. Time will tell if someone is properly motivated and actually has the ability to change. Time will also tell if

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