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Strategic Discipline Blog
As most of you may know a little over two years ago I was projected to be another statistic of cancer. With very slim odds (less than 10% initially) through some miraculous events my Acute Myeloid Leukemia found its way into remission. I received a bone marrow transplant from a generous donor in September of 2012. The road back hasn’t been easy. While my healing may be remarkable, in many ways this achievement may not be as difficult as what each of you face each and every day. Rather than diminish what was accomplished, this is to elevate what you and every other person on the planet faces as you work to accomplish each day.
Almost two years ago I sat in a hospital room with my wife, my oldest son, and Dr Zenk. Dr. Zenk gave me the news that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was as direct as he could possibly be. He explained that I would need chemotherapy treatment and if successful a bone marrow transplant. He noted that typically patients who undergo this type of treatment are out of work a year or more. He didn’t need to explain that treatment would be expensive. The thought of being out of work for a year, as the sole wage earner for my family, set me back. How would my family survive? How would I feel knowing the impossible challenge I’d just put my family in? I was devastated! I cannot recall ever feeling so low.
According to the Power of Full Engagement two behaviors dramatically increase the likelihood of successfully locking in new rituals in the typical thirty to sixty day acquisition time period. They call these behaviors Basic Training and they are very similar to the process we ask our Gazelles Clients to follow for developing Strategic Discipline.
Think of something as simple as brushing your teeth. It is not something that you ordinarily have to remind yourself to do, is it?
Let's start by reinforcing an important principle: Will and discipline are far more limited and precious resources than we realize. They must be called upon very selectively.
Life can be filled with paradoxes. Many times what we find to be challenging, difficult or extremely stressful can provide us with exactly the understanding and training we need in the future.
Overuse. In the Power of Full Engagement the authors use an example of a sprinter versus a long distance runner. The picture here suggests the contrast of someone who is constantly overusing their energy resources versus the person who recovers after short sprints. Underuse could dramatically show someone who is obese, fails to exercise at all. Yet the important thing to recognize is the critical balance we must make in using our energy and not using it.
At this time of year it’s very common to find people exhibiting high stress levels. A trip for groceries, or to the hardware store, takes a bit longer due to long lines and depending on where you live the weather.