I believe you can have mentors that don’t even know you – people whom you watch, observe, and model for your own growth and development.
The ultimate extension of that is that you can have mentors that aren’t even living!
Today’s Powerquote comes from one of my mentors.
“Self-respect is the root of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Questions to Ponder
- How disciplined do you believe yourself to be?
- How easily can you say no to yourself?
- How can you use today’s quotation to increase your level of discipline?
- Practice saying no to yourself today. In small or larger things, override your initial reaction or desire.
- Examine at least one area of life where you would like more discipline. Write it down and then write why you would like more discipline there.
- Explore how you could use “no” more in that area of life as a way to build your discipline.
The middle of January seems a good time to think about discipline, given that, by now, many people are already weakening on their New Year’s Resolutions. Really though, this topic is timeless, isn’t it?
Most people try to become more disciplined by “trying harder,” then, when they don’t succeed, they lose confidence, and “prove” to themselves that they “aren’t disciplined.”
This quotation gives us a better approach.
In one sentence, it identifies a cause, and outlines a solution!
It also hints, accurately, that by starting on that solution, you begin to build both momentum and proof of success that makes it even easier to maintain and build discipline moving forward.
If you want to be more disciplined in any part of your life, start by saying no to yourself. If, as a leader, you are coaching others to build new skills or behaviors (which requires discipline), help them with the same advice.
Each appropriate “no” builds dignity, self-respect, and proof. Stacking enough of those together will create the discipline you desire.