Without a doubt, discipline is an important element in developing and maintaining sustainable high performance. Unfortunately discipline is very often perceived negatively. You may think it’s painful, it takes the fun out of life, it kills pleasure, or maybe it’s boring. And of course, some even say to me it’s so German. Being German I laugh at this one.
But if you step back and reframe discipline, you may see the beneficial side of it. Discipline is not about being hardheaded but its more about the ability to do the right things even when you don’t want to. Discipline is having the self-control to do what is necessary to prepare and plan for the many variables in any situation. Discipline is the ability to link current should and must dos, even if they are painful, with future benefits. Discipline is actually the ability to see all of your choices and to select the best one to give you the benefits you really want. Discipline is about creating the best benefit/effort ratio.
It’s always interesting to see so many executives who are disciplined in one area but lack discipline in others. The one area that many executives overlook is the discipline to prepare themselves, not just tactically and technically, but also mentally, physically and emotionally before they need to perform (at work and away from work). This is the discipline to align the best choices possible to improve their energy, resilience, brain agility, and capacity to get the most out of themselves. In this area, too many executives leave their performance to luck.
I’d love to know why you think so many executives lack the discipline really prepare themselves for their daily performances?
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder