ECHELON: Duty, Discipline, Delight

ECHELON: Duty, Discipline, Delight


Echelon Hawaii, a group of young leaders collectively rising up to serve their local communities through The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, routinely share their thoughts, news, and information on upcoming events with our readers. Here is a guest post by Echelon member, Clifton Yasutomi, from Pacific Rim Legacy Group.

echelon-member-clifton

Recently I’ve been trying to build the habit of exercising during lunch. It hasn’t been fun. My body hurts for days afterwards, and I’d much rather enjoy that hour with a carnitas burrito in the comfort of my air-conditioned office. Exercise is important, but it can certainly feel painful at the time.

Health is just one of my personal priorities. In order of importance, my focus is to practice the daily routines that will strengthen my faith, family, health and business. A few years ago, my pastor taught me that every good habit begins as a duty, evolves into a discipline and eventually becomes a delight.

Duty – New routines can be unnatural and painful. In the beginning, there is always an internal struggle to get up and go. A duty feels like an obligation we grudgingly must push through.

Discipline – A consistent pattern of duty can become a discipline. When driven by discipline, internal motivation is greater than the excuses that prevent progress.

Delight – Once we experience the rewards of discipline, work becomes enjoyable and fulfilling. Anything performed with delight is usually completed with excellence.



"Let’s commit to the positive activities that feel like a duty today, and I’m confident that before long those duties will become a delight."



It is said that success is hidden in our daily habits. Let’s commit to the positive activities that feel like a duty today, and I’m confident that before long those duties will become a delight.

The Salvation Army is special to me because it aligns with my four personal priorities. The mission of The Salvation Army is centered around faith. Projects and outreach strengthen the families and health of those in our community, and I’m proud that my contribution to the organization also reflects upon the generosity of my business. It’s a blessing to serve with this group and I invite you to find delight in #doingthemostgood with us.


Back To Stories