Great leaders always have self-discipline -without exception.
SELF-DISCIPLINE, more than any other personal quality I can think of, is the one thing that separates successful people from the unsuccessful. Think of all it encompasses: honoring commitments, promises and deadlines, keeping your life on schedule, being willing to go the extra mile… Self-discipline is essential to success. The alternative is a life ruled by emotions, and none of us can afford that if we’re going to fulfill our purpose and realize our potential.
I think passion and discipline are wonderful, complementary things.
Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing.
Discipline – Success doesn’t just happen. You have to be intentional about it, and that takes discipline.
Decision-making takes care of goal-setting, but discipline also takes care of goal-getting. Decisions and discipline can’t be separated; one is worthless without the other.
Talk to people, not above them.
Great communication depends on two simple skills-context, which attunes a leader to the same frequency as his or her audience, and delivery, which allows a leader to phrase messages in a language the audience can understand.
COMMUNICATION: If I had to pick a first rule of communication-the one practice above all others that opens the door to connecting with others-it would be to look for common ground. Too often people see communication as the process of transmitting massive amounts of information to other people. But that’s the wrong picture. Communication is a journey. The more that people have in common, the better the chance that they can take that journey together.
Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple.
Your success stops where your character stops. You can never rise above the limitations of your character.
Good character improves every aspect of a person’s life.
Character makes trust possible, and trust is the foundation of leadership.
You build trust with others each time you choose integrity over image, truth over convenience, or honor over personal gain.
A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him.
Character creates consistency, and if your people know what they can expect from you, they will continue to look to you for leadership.
Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.
I tried to write the book [Today Matters] with integrity and say, health is one of my daily dozen, and I work on it, but I don’t have this right.
If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn’t show yet.
The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.
Every worthwhile accomplishment has a price tag attached to it. The question is always whether you are willing to pay the price to attain it – in hard work, sacrifice, patience, faith, and endurance.
The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying
Success is… knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.