self discipline…..


While watching a soccer match late last night I suddenly realised I had not done my usual weekend post. That is almost a habit by now and so it shook me up to have missed it all of yesterday. Reflecting, the topic of self discipline came to my mind to write about.

Questions are often asked about the differentiating characteristic in successful people. And you get the usual suspects – hard work, capability, sometimes luck etc etc. What we do not get to hear of  is the base reason behind these common ones.

Let me elaborate. There is one special quality you can develop that will guarantee greater success, achievement and happiness in life. Of many many principles developed over the ages, this single practice will do more to assure that you accomplish wonderful things with your life than anything else. This quality is so important that, if not developed to a high degree, it is impossible to ever realise your potential.

I am talking about self-discipline – correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement. All great success in life is preceded by long, sustained periods of focused effort towards a single goal, with the determination to stay with it until it is complete. History bears testimony to the fact that people who achieved anything lasting and worthwhile had engaged in long and often unappreciated hours, weeks, months and even years of concentrated, disciplined work in a particular direction.

Perhaps the most important outcome is the personal enrichment that you benefit from. An act of self-discipline bestows a sense of immense personal power and control.  Each time you discipline yourself to persist and persevere irrespective of the conditions, you feel better about yourself. Continuing the course helps achieve more in life, makes one  feel like a winner. Self-confidence and happiness quotients go up. Energy levels are higher and a lot extra gets done. Now this surely is a remarkably positive upward spiral, helping you feel great about yourself while enhancing your self esteem.

Some tips to build this critical quality :

– think long term benefits and results, even if this means foregoing instant gratification

– have a bias for action

– create a routine and try to stick to it, no matter what the situation!

Like Harry Truman said – in reading about the lives of great people, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves…. self discipline with all of them came first.

Discipline – and not desires – determine your destiny. Because discipline guides you to actions. And the good thing is – this one is perfectly capable of being developed. It promises to be a very liberating and fulfilling experience.

So go ahead, no invitations needed!!

best wishes

rs