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Discipline: A Key Factor in Success | Benham Companies

Andy Stanley once said, “The cumulative value of small things is what makes the difference in the end.”  I’ve repeated this quote in my mind for years, and it has helped me remain disciplined in many areas of my life. If you want to be physically fit it doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, if you work out every day for a year, the Good Habitscumulative effect is greater fitness levels. On the other hand, if you eat a bowl of ice cream today you won’t immediately gain weight. But if you eat a bowl every day for a year you will more than likely gain weight.

Forming proper habits is key critical to living a life worth remembering. It’s also the key to running a successful business. There are daily habits must perform consistently to be successful. In my life, this consists of prayer/bible reading, exercise, thank you notes to clients, and speaking life into my employees. I apply Joshua 1:8 as my daily verse, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” There are also things that don’t require daily attention, but may need a weekly / monthly / yearly focus. These habits are also critical. For me, this would be team meetings, client visits, training seminars, financial forecasting, etc. I apply Proverbs 21:5 here,

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

As forming proper habits is important, so too is removing bad habits. If a tiny rock sits in your shoe you can probably live with the irritation for a while, but if you’re running a marathon that tiny rock will cause you incredible grief and possibly force you to drop out of the race. You must identify tiny rocks in your life and get rid of them.

Bad habits are everywhere, and a person walking closely to the Lord hears God’s voice clearly enough to remove them. Hebrews 12:1 is a great verse for this, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Let’s form good habits today. Let’s remove bad habits today. Over time, our lives will clearly reflect these changes!

About BENHAMCompanies

It all started for us when we were drafted in 1998 by the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. After several seasons of swinging bats, we retired and established BENHAM Real Estate Group. Since 2003, we have grown our small two-man office into a nationwide real estate brokerage by focusing on people, not money. In any economy, we believe that touching a life is far more important than bottom line results or growth. We have used this philosophy to grow our business far beyond what we could've imagined. Why network with us? We blog to share our ideas and create dialogue. We are looking to exchange ideas with ▪ MANAGERS and EXECUTIVES ▪ and other professionals who are developing and leading teams of people; ▪ MOM's and DAD’s ▪ and family members working to balance the priorities of family with the demands of a career; and ▪ ENTREPRENEURS and VISIONARIES ▪ who are seeking ways to impact the world in small and big ways. Our blog is not about sales techniques or ways to improve the bottom line; it’s about lessons learned and new ways to Produce Value and Breathe Life while Staying Faithful in Little Things. For us to take credit for building a successful business would be like a shovel taking credit for digging a hole. We’re simply the tools God chose to use to build a successful business. As we periodically share more about our key principles or comment on news of the day we encourage you to leave a comment on the blog or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.


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