Simple Daily Disciplines

Late 2010, an event occurred in my life that disrupted the space-time continuum. Okay, maybe I’m being too dramatic. But everything that I was used to went the way of the dinosaurs. I was living a new existence. Yes. That event was the birth of my first child.

I love being a dad and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. But what did happen after my child was born was a change in my way of life. My routine, my structure, and my daily disciplines shifted. Some of this is healthy. However, I pride myself on being pretty disciplined. I subscribe to what Jim Rohn once said, “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” My simple daily disciplines were lost. Until now!!! No more excuses.

John C. Maxwell once stated that “No matter how gifted a leader is, his gifts will never reach their maximum potential without the application of self-discipline.” I agree. That’s why I’ve chosen to re-engage my disciplined ways and practice a few things everyday that will help me to grow both personally and professionally.

1. Read daily:

I try to read thirty minutes everyday from a book that helps me grow in my leadership and ministry.

2. File daily:

I’ve created a file system on my computer where I can file away quotes, stories, articles, pictures, etc… that inspire me or make me think. So when I read a story or highlight a quote I like a lot, I put it in my digital file so that I can remember it and possibly use it again.

3. Think daily:

We live in a fast-paced world with lots of information coming and going. It can go so fast that I don’t take the time to stop, sit, and think on things. My brain is capable of so much more if I just think a little more. How can I expand on that idea that I read in that book? What strategies do I need to employ to make my ministry more successful? If I think daily, then the next step is connected…

4. Write daily:

I don’t try to blog everyday (maybe someday), but I try to spend some time writing out some of my thoughts. I know that if I don’t spend the time to articulate on paper, I will never articulate it well. If I don’t write down my thoughts, I lose them. I’ve lost so many good ideas because I didn’t write them down right away. And I can’t even tell you what those good ideas were! Lesson learned.


I truly feel that my ministry and life benefit when I stick to these four simple daily disciplines. So I leave you with this one final thought: “What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.” -H.P. Liddon

Live the disciplined life and see how your ministry and life changes!

What are the simple daily disciplines that you practice?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.

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