This week’s Wednesday Wisdom comes from the Brian Knight blog and is about Discipline.
The road of successful execution is paved with discipline no matter what objective you pursue or what destination you choose.
Great talent with average discipline is like driving a Ferrari off-road. The car is a tremendous machine. It’s expertly equipped and has a capable driver behind the wheel. Yes, in this analogy we are the Ferrari and the driver.
The amazing motor, architecture and speed are irrelevant though if we insist on driving our Ferrari off-road. It will never be efficient or maximized on that road and probably won’t get anywhere. Lack of discipline neutralizes all our advantages, natural or acquired, because we just won’t perform up to the level we need.
We have two choices: change the car or pave the road.
If we change the car then we adjust our desires, expectations, and sources of fulfillment to better fit low levels of willingness to act with discipline. If we don’t change the car…we’re not allowed to then drive off-road in the Ferrari and blame the dirt, ditches, bumps, boulders, and general lack of direction for why we aren’t getting anywhere efficiently or not ending up where we want to go.
If we pave the road to let the Ferrari perform up to its capacity, then we increase our willingness to act with discipline and maximize our advantages. We pave a road with discipline that leverages all our capabilities to help us steer us in a direction that will end up where we want to go as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Discipline is the source of execution and the path of efficiency.
Let’s Pave the road with discipline and hammer the gas pedal.