Legacy. Submission. Self-Discipline.
A few years ago I was asked what one of my greatest dreams was for my life. My primary answer to that question was to leave a legacy. To this day my desire is to leave a legacy, to achieve excellence with longevity making an impact on the lives of many. I desire to serve others and lead them in the direction I am going and empower them to go further than I will go. I’ll tell people often that I want my kids to have the understanding that I have today at the age of 12 so that by the time they are 17 they are challenging me and by the time they are in their twenties we are running after things together. I have a serious desire to lead and love well. I want to so passionately pursue where I am going that people want to follow.
Those desires above are hard for me to acknowledge publicly because I also have a desire to also be a man of humility and submission, which seems counterintuitive to being a leader who is followed. However, I’ve found that submission to great leadership produces necessary traits to become a great leader. I’ve noticed that when my life has been submitted to good leadership there is a greater sense of peace, hope, and vision in life but when I am rogue or submitted to weak leadership it causes my own life to feel weak. I’ve learned how to be a better leader from submitting to both good and poor leaders which created an awareness for my own leadership role. It has also improved my gauge for finding good leadership.
This week I have heard talks about self-discipline from several sources so I am paying attention. No surprising that to leave a legacy and submission are both deeply connected to self-discipline. This week I listened to The Learning Leader podcast with Ryan Hawk and Jocko Willink which was a discussion around sustaining excellence and how discipline equals freedom. Jocko talked about owning time and that not all time is owned by you but rather by an employer or family member and that finding the time that you can own is important and the only way to get that time and maintain it is to be disciplined. I’d encourage giving this podcast a listen here. Another mention of self-discipline this week was through Charlie Carroll at City Church when he said, “spiritual self-discipline is the foundation for self-discipline” emphasizing that if we want to be better stewards of our lives it’s going to happen by committing and being disciplined to growing in prayer and relationship with God.
I always think it’s exciting when themes in life converge together and start to reveal and the bigger picture. In this case, I realized that if I wanted to leave a meaningful legacy it will require submission and self-discipline. All of which are built and maintained on a foundation of prayer and faith.