Category Archives: Discipline

The Pleasant Surprise

Excellence is not about the one time pleasant surprise. It’s about the expected standard being met over and over again and then eventually exceeded. Excellence is about the trajectory of a standard. Are things in a position to continue to improve? Too often a perfectionist will demand cosmetic adjustments to appear to meet a standard once, but

Read More

Emotionally Excellent

Excellence is not necessarily a standard. It’s a healthy mindset that moves toward a standard. It takes humility to understand that excellence is always a work in progress. It also takes emotional security to understand that excellence is not really about how the standard is expressed today but rather how the standard is being achieved over the

Read More

Pack a Little Extra

We like progress so much that we think something is wrong when progress slows or disappears. Sometimes something is wrong with our execution but most often I believe that progress slows due to an unreasonable timeline to achieve a goal. When something takes longer than expected we tire of it quicker. It’s almost as if we only

Read More

Dominoes of a Plateau

Progress feels good because momentum feels good. When we start a journey we are often motivated to reach the goal. If the journey takes longer than expected we are in danger of becoming bored with the journey. When we get bored, our motivation decreases and then our discipline is likely to lapse. Without discipline our decision making

Read More

Imaginary Wins

I learned a long time ago that if every day was a cheat day then I am not really on a diet. Compromise has a way of lying to us about the ramifications of our decisions. Celebrating with a cheat meal is ok but finding reasons to celebrate with a cheat meal too often isn’t. I want

Read More

While Your Enemies Sleep

Something that my daughter is learning in her first week at the gym is the great feeling you get when you finish a workout before the sun rises. We joked about how good it feels to get better while our enemies are sleeping. It’s not that serious because we don’t have too many human enemies but the

Read More

Loving the Work

If you have been reading this blog in the past week, you will know that I am enjoying working out with my daughter at the gym. We have a lot in common and I see something in her that I know was something that set me apart from my adversaries and competition. She likes the work. She

Read More

Seeing the Need

Some people are satisfied with where they are at and accept the ramifications of that. Others see something available to them as long as they make a change to their current mindset and practices. Still others mix the previous two by wanting something that requires change without being willing to change. Again, I am a proud dad

Read More

Powering Through the Lie

This week was the first week that I got to workout with my daughter at the gym. I was a proud dad as I watched her power through her workouts. She didn’t quit when her brain lied to her about the mortal danger she was in because she was becoming fatigued. I got to talk to her

Read More

Getting to the End

Great teammates are tough. In other words, they have a mindset or strength of mind that allows them to endure adverse circumstances. Some people look at their circumstances as an excuse to stop becaue no reasonable person would expect them to continue when things are that hard. Others seem to just power through the same exact circumstances

Read More