The theme for GrowthDay last month was Focus and Discipline. Both of those skills play parts in our lives every day with every choice we make.
“Focus is getting a book to read. Discipline is reading that book.” — Gloria Atanmo
Gloria Atanmo started her coaching call by explaining that focus comes after discipline. Discipline is the action to achieve what we want to focus on. If you want to read a book you have to read it. Not just buy it and do nothing else.
Focus is the choice, discipline is the action.
It does not matter if you place focus first or discipline first because focus is the choice while discipline is the action. What matters is recognizing your time is finite and both focus and discipline work together.
Know What You Want To Do.
~ Discussed by Lisa Bilyeu and Dave Hollis.
You have to know what you want to do to have focus and discipline. Lisa Bilyeu and Dave Hollis both spent time explaining why is it important for you to know what you want to do (and not to do).
I summarized what both of them said in a 4-question framework for knowing why I want to do something and what I will gain from it.
- What’s my intention?
What do I want to get out of what I am doing today? How will it help move me forward?
- What’s my vision?
Where do I want to go? What do I want to change in my life?
- What am I willing to give up to get what I want?
- What is the cost if I don’t do it?
Anyone can easily say what their intention is and where they want to go. We have been trained to answer these questions our whole lives. We have heard them so often we can find the easy route out. We don’t do what we really want to do because it is hard, and we fear that someone will talk us out of it.
It’s the last two questions when reality hits. We have limited time for everything. If you want to do something new or more…