Category Archives: Discipline

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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Examination

Sometimes our own expertise allows us to examine the details of a situation and see a way forward that is not as obvious to those that only see what is happening on the surface. This is different than experience because it’s not necessarily about a hopeful outcome of the past playing out similarly today. It’s the expertise

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Act like you have been there before.

My experience can help me find endurance. When I have seen a similar situation work out for the best, I may be able to find some hope that the current situation can result in a similar outcome. I see the difference in my own mind when I engage in a novel experience that gives me no frame

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The Different Measures of Good

When the goal for our day is to get the most benefit for the least amount of effort, we set a low bar for what can be considered a good day. I think this attitude is what holds people back from the success they desire. What successful people see as good is often different from the less

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Just Say No

Quitting is a lot like a drug when you think about it. Remember back to the first time you quit something. It was likely a difficult decision. Perhaps it was difficult to abandon the investment of time and money. Maybe it was hard because you wanted to avoid the stigma of a quitter. But you have to

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What is your threshold?

When does quitting enter your mind? Is it when you fail? Is it when it looks like you’re about to fail? Is it when the endeavor becomes inconvenient? Is it when you experience pain? Is it when your support abandons you? Is it when you don’t feel like doing the job anymore? Is it when you stop

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The Anathema

Eventually, lack of effort will ruin the reputation of those that fail to gain wisdom from rethinking. Other teammates notice when our wisdom is spent on the conservation of energy and not in incremental improvement. Intentional rethinking makes little sense to those that do everything they can to cut a corner. It seems like extra effort and

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The Struggle

Those in need of the most creative control struggle with vision. They don’t want to commit to a way forward, especially if the way forward isn’t what they are familiar with. They struggle with a vision because it requires a commitment and demands accountability. This can be scary for those that have never been held to a

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Lazy & Cowardly

Waiting until the last minute to put thought towards something is either cowardly or lazy. It’s lazy because it lacks the intentional thought processes that are required to make true leadership decisions. Laziness has a way of making everything seem urgent. Last minute thinking is cowardly because when it is practiced often enough, we can claim we

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