“Leading you” requires self-discipline. Self-discipline simply put is the ability to tell yourself “no” and stick with it. It is imperative to your success as a leader that you be able to discipline yourself. You must know what things to say “no” to which frees you up to say “yes” to the right things. It is what we say “yes” to that has great influence on how well we lead ourselves. What are you currently saying “yes” to that you should begin to say “no” to immediately in order that you can move forward in becoming the best leader you can be?
The Apostle Paul said concerning his own self-discipline: “Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) We too, in leading ourselves well must discipline ourselves daily. As one man said, “do the do’s not the don’ts and do it up!”