How Disciplined Are You?

You are someone who wants to make it into a senior management role.  Right?  There are many benefits, a sense of achievement and also the real opportunity to influence what is accomplished.

 

Interestingly though there is often a disconnect between what people say they want and what they actually do in order to achieve what they want.

 

The lack of real discipline and how common it is became apparent from some events that I was speaking at in recent months.

 

At the event I gave people the opportunity to sign up for some sort of free resource to help them to take what they learned to the next level.

 

In most cases a high proportion of people signed up to receive this free resource.  This is when it starts to get interesting.

 

People are required to click on a confirmation link to give their permission to receive the report.

 

Most of the time at least half of the people who attended the event and wanted the report never get to a stage where they actually confirm.  As many as a third who actually confirm ever bother to open the message with the resource download information.

 

It got me thinking about how this might translate into what people contribute in the workplace.

 

Imagine if people that you were leading or managing only bothered to do what was asked half the time or more.  Would you be happy?

 

Of course not.

 

Yet in reality, being successful in your profession and career is all about long term disciplined effort.

 

The question is are you willing to do what’s required or are you just expecting things to magically happen?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 7,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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