In the most practical terms, the functional responsibility of discipline is to inform three things:
What you do.
What you don't do.
How you do both.
Whether you focus on external excellence or internal fulfillment, it's essential to understand the cause & effect of your behavior and your results.
What you do affects outcomes and experiences.
What you don't do affects outcomes and experiences.
How you go about each of those things affects outcomes and experiences.
A functionally practical way to check in with yourself is to create two lists, one for external excellence (outcomes you want to create) and one for internal fulfillment (personal satisfaction and fulfillment).
Both lists follow the same template:
Three behaviors you need to do if you're going to create each outcome (external excellence + internal fulfillment).
Three behaviors you need to not do if you're going to create each outcome.
Three descriptions of how you will create each outcome (think: standards, quality, and personal style).
Answer the call. Do the work.
PS - If you want feedback, send me your lists this week. I'll review them and share my observations only if you're interested and only this week.
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