Discipline and Motivation
Discipline and Motivation
Living a simple life take discipline and motivation to stick to the basics.
If things are so simple, why do we fail to do them? The concepts are simple, the discipline and motivation are what keeps us from doing it. First, you must find out what motivates you? What do you get out of bed and go through your daily grind for? Your kids, money, material things, religion, your spouse, or because you just want to be a beast? It is all the above. First thing First, you need a vision. Proverbs 29:18 states Where there is no vision, the people perish. What is your vision for your life? What is your vision for your children if you have them? If you have no vision, it is hard to know why you are getting out of bed. Why does anything when you are just going through the daily grind? A vision is important for your personal life, your company, your family, your church, and so on. In a company if the people do not see a vision, a mission statement something to know the direction the boat is heading they lose focus and motivation. If the people in your company have lost motivation and seem to just go through the motions the best thing to do is have a meeting and tell them the vision. I try to do this every monthly meeting. There is a lot to go over in meetings, but revisiting the company's vision, or just the departments vision is a wonderful thing. The employees know what we are all striving for. Think of your family. If your significant other does not know your vision for the future, you two may have different plans, and this can end badly. Your kids need to know what vision you have for them as well. Your church needs a vision on where its heading. From you personally to everyone you are leading or where you are being led a vision motivates and guides.
A vision without a plan is just a dream. A vision is a wonderful thing but if you do not have a plan to get their people can start thinking it is impossible. You need to lay out short- and long-term goals. Rome was not built in a day, and it did not fall in a day either. You are either going to be building yourself and the people around you up or down. To build them up give them short- and long-term goals to shoot for. If they miss reevaluate, do not let them give up and neither do you. Sometimes you must step back and say okay that did not work let us try another way. You will be amazed at how many people start getting pumped up and producing ideas to hit the vision. I like using the 10/10/10 rule. Jack and Suzy Welch talk about this a lot. Figure out where you want to be in 10 weeks (about 2 and a half months), 10 months and 10 years. Those are short- and long-term goals. When you get to five weeks gauge whether you will make your ten-week goal and so on.
You must plan for these goals and visions. What are you going to do to hit your personal ten-week goal? Wake up and get at it before the sun? Whatever you must do it. When you can look at a short- and long-term vision you can start making daily goals to hit them. What is your plan for your team to hit their goal? Are there daily, or weekly expectations? There must be a plan and expectations. Then you must manage these and make sure they are getting done. You might get five weeks in and realize they are not realistic. That is when you regroup and adjust.
Do you have a vision? DO you have a plan to get there? Where there is no vision, the people perish. That could be you personally, your work team, your family, your church. Where there is a vision and a means to reach it, people are motivated and push together to get there. I recommend listening to some motivational videos from people like Jocko Willink, Mulligan Brothers, The Rock, there are plenty out there. First get a vision and a plan, a hunger, a reason to jump out of bed before the sun does. Learn, train, and grow!
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