Dr. King said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The next questions is; where do you stand? Comfort and convenience are villains in this life. Comfort and convenience lead to complacency and entitlement. Complacency and entitlement lead to pride, and pride leads to everything that is wrong in this world. Normally, an edict with such literary pyrotechnics is meant to bring fear and helplessness. This should bring the former but not the latter. The toughest battle you fight is the battle within. When comfort, convenience, self, and complacency become the chief gain in this life, remember that pride comes before the fall.
The toughest battle you fight is the battle within
Courage by a leader inspires. Courage is forged with the intent to constantly empower the world around you. It’s born when you put self interest aside and decide to inspire the world to a journey that reaches far beyond them as an individual. You are capable of such leadership. The deciding factor has nothing to do where you came from but everything to do with where you are going. No person is born capable and ready to lead through courage. There is no skill or personality trait that makes a better leader. There is only what you decide for yourself and how you choose to respond. You get the standards you demand. What are you demanding of yourself?
Discipline equals freedom
Don’t use skepticism as an excuse for inaction. Change happens over time and can only be facilitated through a consistent effort. Defining your perfect day or the routine in which to accomplish a goal is the first step. Finding the discipline to repeat that at the defined intervals is the discipline that set you free. You’ll never be able to lead others into discipline until you’ve walked the road yourself. Belief is the reason people follow leaders, but it starts with belief in yourself.