Category Archives: Discipline

Energy Cost

Anxiety can sometimes mean that we care about something. While that’s true, it’s not the best kind of caring. Anxiety costs us energy and that energy is not without a limit. A better form of energy that demonstrates care is preparation. If we care enough about something, we will be thoughtful about it. “Winging it” is stressful

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The Impatient Minute

The windshield of our car was covered in frost this morning when my daughter and I went to the gym. It’s that time of year when the temperature outside is still dropping when we leave for the gym at 5am. When I first start the car, the heater is blowing cold air in an already freezing car.

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Not an Accident

Our personal integrity is never a result of accidental choices. When our integrity gets tested, we know it. If we choose something that would lack integrity, it is an active choice and not an accident. We don’t trip and fall into situations that cause us to undermine our integrity. Our choices always bring us to the brink

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Sweeter Revenge

Anger is an important emotion. It often gets a bad reputation as a negative emotion and that’s usually because it is used incorrectly. When we are offended, we tend to get angry. When we are angry, we are much more motivated than when we are not. That’s the value of anger. The problem is we waste that

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Commitment

Great teammates are committed to the purpose and cause the team fights for. This is why they are willing to endure less than ideal circumstances to see something through. Ordinary teammates are only “committed” when things are as they are supposed to be. Commitment is not tested until circumstances become more challenging than expected. It sounds good

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Working Smarter

It’s always important to look at the efficiency of our actions. Time is a limited resource. In some ways, it’s the most limited resource because everyone gets the same amount of time in a day. Our actions must be focused on the best use of that time. This is easier said than done because inexperienced teammates may

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Winning Costs Convenience

Winning is inconvenient. It often requires more than we signed up for because of the learning curve and unfamiliar practices required to successfully meet any challenge. Those who are willing to win are also saying they are willing to do more than punch the clock. They stay late and areive early. BThey say no to good things

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Winning Costs Comfort

Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to endure the discomfort that winning demands. In order to outlast an opponent a winner must lean into the unfamiliar practices that stretch them. Most people don’t win because they fear wading into new waters. The discomfort is similar to the fear some people have of scary movies.

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What are you looking for?

When we set out to do something, we look for reasons to do it. Those reasons are determined by our heart. When we are committed to something, and I mean really in it to win it, we look for reasons to keep going so that we can win. When we lack commitment we will look for the

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Are we there yet?

Sprints are the most exciting races to watch and it’s mostly because they are over in ten seconds. Most races are not a sprint. Most races take all day. Figuratively, whatever endeavor a team takes on will most likely not be over in ten seconds. Teams must pace themselves and plan for the long run. Is that

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