Category Archives: Discipline

Complacency: The Beginning of the End

Every great team stays great through the anticipation of required growth and adjustment. Even a perfect season warrants a look at what it will take to continue on a successful path. Complacency is the state of mind that if it isn’t broke (or broke enough), why fix it? This state of mind can also be described as

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An Experiment in Entropy

Things never accidentally improve. Entropy is a law of the universe and ensures that extra energy and intention is required to reverse the natural deterioration of things. Is this a fancy scientific analogy? Yes. However, I dare you to experiment with leaving things to chance versus intentional effort to move something towards a better outcome and see

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Lucky or Wise?

Wisdom is something that people tend to relegate to some grey-bearded sage figure that looks like Gandalf or Obi Wan Kenobi. When we personify wisdom like that, we can dismiss what it really looks like in our everyday lives. Wisdom is rare but easy to spot. Wisdom shows in the result that was achieved through playing the

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Disciplined Discomfort

Getting up in the morning. Going to the gym. Eating a good breakfast. Leaving for work on time. Getting a productive start to my day. Having the difficult conversation. Finishing what I started. Doing what I said I would do. Coming home when I am expected. Paying attention to those that matter most to me. Resisting the

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Learning From Injuries

Injuries are a good teacher because they cost us our routines and previous plans. Injuries catch our attention because they are painful. They are the kind of painful that doesn’t get better overnight. Injuries reframe our world to see and think about what happened and how to avoid it in the future. In this way, an injury

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Care for Injuries

Being injured is terrible. It feels like a waste of time because we cannot operate in our normal routines. Injuries have a way of derailing our plans. This is because injuries recover best when they become a focus and priority. Recovery takes discipline because it can feel like our life is moving on without us. Discipline is

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Growing Pains

Pain is a great indicator of our limits. When I am hurting, I am likely pressing into an area of growth. Growth isn’t pleasant. It hurts and makes life inconveniently different. But once we push past the growing pains, we discover new capacities and abilities that were not present before we grew. This means that pain is

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Oil Change

Claiming that we can operate on less rest than the rest of humanity is a lot like saying that my car can drive fine without an oil change because so far it hasn’t stopped working. Can a car go without an oil change beyond the recommended period of time? Yes. It’s still a gamble to see how

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Rest is best.

Just because I have operated on less sleep, doesn’t mean I should make it a habit to sleep less. This is also true of breaks throughout the day. Just because we can work through, doesn’t mean we should. Rest is often overlooked because we fool ourselves of our “capacity” when we skip rest on a day that

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Should, but didn’t.

What should happen when we work hard? We should win or at least see some progress, right? Maybe it’s a diet that doesn’t seem to result in the desired weight loss or maybe it’s the effort put into an idea that gets scrapped at the last minute because it wasn’t really what the team was hoping for.

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