So the Lord’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was gone.Numbers 32:13
The first person you lead is you-and you can’t lead effectively without self-discipline. If only the Israelites had remembered this lesson! For forty years the Israelites wandered around in the desert. Why didn’t they get to the Promised Land more quickly? Not because it was so far away-they could have made the trip in two weeks. The real reason boils down to preparation. The people simply weren’t ready for God’s blessing until forty years after they began their trip.
How about you? How is your self-discipline? Plato said, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” If you want to be a leader with self-discipline, follow these action points:
1. Develop and follow your priorities.
2. Make a disciplined lifestyle your goal.
3. Challenge your excuses.
4. Remove rewards until you finish the job.
5. Stay focused on results.
Never trade what you want at the moment for what you want most.