At every single moment in your life you are making a choice
to either act on a temporary mood such as anger, fear or
anxiety or to act on your deeper vision for how you want
to live your life. Discipline is choosing your vision.--- Anthony Silard
“I don’t get this whole discipline thing,” you may be thinking. Why should I incorporate a strategy into my repertoire that curtails my freedom?”
Yes, I know this is hard to digest. Yet consider what discipline enables. Your freedom may urge you to tell your brother to shove it when he asks for your forgiveness, but how will your harsh words affect your relationship with him?
You may exercise your personal liberty by dropping out of college in your senior year and backpacking across Europe with a few Kerouac books to keep you company, but what effect will this decision have on your long-term success?
(Actually, making this decision could be pivotal in helping you envision your future career, but consider the long-term effects of exercising your discipline by waiting a few months until you earn your degree to set off on your journey.)
This week, make a pact with yourself to write down some of your core values into a Vision Statement. (My book The Connection: Link Your Purpose, Passion, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World includes a guide to creating your own Vision Statement.)
The next time you feel a magnetic pull toward a bad habit or a decision you know you will later regret, stop for a moment and read a few lines from your Vision Statement.
Gradually make the transformational shift toward allowing your life vision—rather than your momentary emotions—to direct your life toward a destination that fulfills you.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).