The “D” word
Finding your purpose is one thing. Pursuing it is another. And that’s where the “D” word comes in. You know, Discipline.
Oy…I can almost feel you recoil at the very mention. “Not the ‘D’ word…anything but that!”
Hear me out. Discipline has gotten a bum rap. Discipline is not a means of punishment. It’s actually the source of pleasure, the essence of power and the path to Greatness.
Think of it this way. Discipline comes from the latin word ‘disciple,’ and means ‘being a disciple unto oneself.’ Discipline asks you to become your own biggest fan, viewing yourself in the very best light, being kind to yourselves when things don’t go well, doing what needs to be done, as best as you can.
Discipline is Step #3 of Sacred Success™. And it’s especially important to women.
In my interviews with high earners, I noticed that success tends to be a very emotional process. Unlike men, we haven’t been groomed for greatness.
Practically every woman I interviewed made the same observation. In the world of work, men assume they’re competent, feel entitled, and tend to risk big. Women assume they’re inadequate, feel apprehensive and tend to hold back.
So many aspiring women, especially in the beginning, described feeling:
- guilt (Do I really have a right to this?)
- doubt (Can I handle it? Am I on the right path?)
- fear (Am I doing it right? Will I fail?)
For many, these questions are like quicksand, keeping us stuck, sucking us under.
What I wanted to know was what enabled the most successful ones to keep going higher? The answer became obvious—the “D” word .
I’m going to talk more about discipline in blogs to come. I’ll tell you about 4 techniques that are anything but traditional. But now I’d love to hear from you. What’s your reaction to the “D” word?