One year ago today on the Salvation site:
Make A Choice, Chase It
In our experience it is often the most gifted athletes who have trouble deciding what to do. A guy training with us now has the physical and mental capacity to do several things well, really well. But until he chooses to focus on doing one thing at a time, and does it for as long as it takes to begin to grasp the thing's essence and comprehend his own potential with in it, he'll just perpetuate his adequate but not outstanding performance(s). And he will continue to lament his inability to make a commitment.
This example coalesces several ideas for me, the first being that, in this era of constant, varied stimuli and high-pressure expectations and the push-pull of daily living it is incredibly difficult to maintain sight of the goal. Discipline is the difference between consciously shifting one's sight and simply letting it slide, settling for something less. Commitment, and our investment in a path or outcome keeps us focused. That said the first goal need not be the final one, and rarely is. The progression from goal to goal however must be conscious and active.
Don't let it slide.