The Bright Side and Shadow Side of Self Discipline


Today’s topic is the discipline driven aspect. This aspect can apply to a person who is punctual, who demonstrates precision in their work and who is self-disciplined. People who use this energy well tend to start work early and avoid last minute deadlines. Time management is important to these folks, so they also respect the time of others. They demonstrate a consistent work ethic. Discipline driven people like clear and written objectives and will work purposefully towards achieving goals until they are met. They are well organized, methodical and feel comfortable with planning and scheduling what needs to get done. Also, they prefer to work in an ordered and structured environment. Key words for the qualities that embody this aspect are purposeful, structured and reliable.

However, when the outcome focused aspect is in over extension, the qualities will reveal their shadow sides.

When the discipline driven energy is overextended the aspect can result in a lack of spontaneity and disconnection from intuition. When somebody is over extended in this way, they can be too anxious about their time management and be unable to be flexible with last minute changes that could disrupt their plans. They can become obsessed with focusing on achieving goals so much that they can find it hard to adjust to changing circumstances. Sometimes they spend too much time getting organized and not enough time actually doing the work. Discipline in overextension can become so compliant to rules and regulation that it becomes impossible for them to work around bureaucracy.

As a leader, you have got to keep your eyes and ears open to be able to spot these signs and then intervene. If you are over extended, be honest with yourself and take a good hard look at how your energy is affecting, may be even debilitating your workforce.

If you spot it in a direct report you have got to talk to this person and together, figure out what is causing the over extension and what can be done to resolve it. In the state of over extension the ability to deliver results and contribute to the success of organizational goals will naturally be extremely limited.

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