Aristotle is known to have said, “The hardest victory is over self.” How true that is! When dealing with my simple daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly disciplines, I must stay consistent with them. When I’m not consistent, I lose momentum, focus, and time. Someone once said, “If I could kick the person most responsible for my failure, I wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week!”
My disciplines are important for me as a minister and a leader. However, I would be lying if I said that I am always consistent. The truth is that I struggle with these disciplines during certain seasons in my life. That’s okay. My goal is to get back on track as soon as I can.
There are three Simple Monthly Disciplines I stick to:
1. Plan my task/to-do list
On the first or last day of the month, I spend one hour looking at my calendar for the next 30-40 days and write down all the things I need and want to accomplish that month. I assign days when I am going to work on that task and I adjust for events and meetings. For instance, if I have a lot of meetings on a certain day, then I know that I will not have time to accomplish a lot of tasks. This helps me to stay on the ball when I have many projects that I am trying to juggle at one time.
2. Review my personal and professional goals
If I’m going to accomplish my goals for the year, I need to constantly look at them to make sure that I am moving in the right direction. When I keep them in my sight, I stay motivated, which allows me to stay on course. If I only look at them once a year, I often find that my goals were only a pipedream.
3. Meet with a good leader and learn from them
The best way for me to learn is to spend time with leaders that are smarter, faster, wiser, and quicker than me. I prepare a list of questions to ask so that I can maximize my time with them. Then I meet them in their office and just ask away. I let them do most of the talking and I take notes and learn. These leaders have challenged me to think in ways I never thought possible and have expanded my leadership and ministry potential. I am grateful for their wisdom!
Next week we’ll talk about Simple Yearly Disciplines. But in the meantime, what are some of your Simple Monthly Disciplines? Please share your comments.