“Leaders are those individuals who do the things that failures aren’t willing to do – even thought they might not like doing them either. They have the discipline to do what they know to be important….” – Robin Sharma
A few years ago a friend of mine, Zakes Bantwini, recommended that I read a book titled, “The Leader Who Had No Title” by Robin Sharma. This is one of the best books I have ever read. It changed my life and I recommend it to everyone.
One of the things that stuck with me, was when Robin Sharma spoke about discipline and building good habits. He talks about the things that separate leaders from failures and one of those things is the leaders’ willingness to do whatever it takes and doing even those things that they don’t necessarily feel like doing.
I love what I do and I feel blessed to wake up to do my work everyday, but there are times when I feel uninspired to do the things that I need to do, in order to continue full speed on my journey to success.
What it comes down to is discipline and sacrifice. I know what needs to be done but there are times when I just do not feel like pushing myself, when I have to remind myself that by allowing myself not to do what needs to be done immediately, I take away my power to be a leader.
We become the things we repeatedly do and I do not want to build habits that might hinder my growth. Sometimes we experience procrastination and laziness but it’s very important to be aware of whatever bad habits we have. There are times when making excuses are easier but it does not bear good results. We all have weaknesses and that is not a crime. The problem is ignoring our weaknesses and pretending that they don’t exist because then we won’t do anything to fix them. Awareness and honestly with yourself is crucial.
It is very important not to become comfortable or to resist growth and change. Before I had my baby, I was the kind of person who stuck to a strict routine. Work, meetings, gigs, interviews, gym and whatever needed my attention was carefully planned and added to my schedule. I function better when I have a plan but after I had the baby, I struggled to get back into my routine. I understand that one cannot plan everything once there is a baby involved, but you have to guard against becoming completely undisciplined.
Having a baby has changed a lot of things and I have not been as efficient as I was before. I feel as if I have been using my baby as an excuse not to be better. I am fully aware of all the things that I need to put in place in order to feel like I am doing my best again but I have not implemented all of them yet.
Robin Sharma’s words have been haunting me, I need to start applying more discipline in my life.
Ever since I read this book I have always believed that I am a leader because of how hard I work, how much I push myself and because of all the sacrifices I make. Its easier to be lazy and make excuses for yourself but I choose to be great instead, to work hard even if I might not feel like it because that is what will make me a leader.
Have you noticed any bad habits that you might have? What kind of conversations do you have with yourself about these habits and are you doing anything to break them? Leave a comment below and share your story.