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?