I want to help the industry I am part of with several items I see a lot of in the IT industry. This series will be entitled:
“What Are We Doing?”
As we progress through these articles, I encourage you to post input or topic suggestions or problems that you may experience so we can improve our industry as a whole together.
Continuing on, this week’s topic will be:
“Discipline” or Lack of.
Discipline may be a dirty word to some. The Big “D” and we don’t mean divorce or Dallas. When you think of discipline do you think of a drill sergeant screaming over you or Hans telling you to “push harder”? many people may have a negative thought about discipline.
But why don’t we look at the benefits of discipline? Discipline allowed you to possibly stay focused to get through school or get technical certification when you needed to. Discipline may have allowed you to lose the weight you wanted to lose. Discipline even allows you to get your tasks completed on time at work. Discipline allows you to show off the six pack abs you have when you go to the beach. Being on time allows us to get the prospect or “good seat at the table”. So why the negative thoughts of discipline?
Many times the negativity comes from the thoughts we put into our heads like the examples above. We can change that to see the positive side. In IT, I know documentation can be an after-thought or perceived as tedious. But helping other to understand how something is done and perhaps why it is done is a great benefit to document processes. Not to mention you won’t get called on vacation as much. Or the fact that if something is put into place and works flawlessly for a few years, the documentation will help you to remember what you did if something fails over time. We can’t remember everything all the time.
Being on time for a meeting and starting the meeting on time shows respect for the attendees and their time. It also shows your accountability of your discipline and your beliefs.
The lack of these examples cause a lot of confusion, complaining and negative feeling toward the person that did not do them in the first place. That person may be very nice and knowledgeable but a lack of small discipline can change that. As Jim Rohn would say “what is easy to do, is easy not to do.” You have heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. So how many of you ate your apple today? Or any fruit? The saying is not “A chocolate bar a day…” but an apple. With our society being more health conscious this may be easier or is it? Look around. Another small example that goes a big way is having the discipline of manners. Remember “Please and Thank You” and holding doors open for people? A small discipline for our children will go a long way and it seems our current society needs the reminder as well.
Our lives, our opportunities, our world and our future can improve if we put forth a little discipline in our lives. Not only for ourselves but for others, our co-workers, families and team members. People will see more of what we do, rather than what we say we will do. “We judge others on their actions, but judge ourselves on our intent.” John C. Maxwell.
Being a part of the IT industry, I know we have the intelligence to input these small disciplines in our lives, the trick is to actually do it and not give an excuse like “I have been swamped”. We are all busy but we need to take time to do the things that will make us better people as a whole which makes our corporations better and our world better.
So What Are We Doing? If a good discipline makes you better, why not implement it?
How can I Help You?