DISCIPLINE: THE ROAD MAP TO DEDICATION
“It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success.” – John Mason.
Have you ever started a task and never finished it? Maybe started reading a book and dropped it halfway? Or resolving to exercise at least once every week, but you could not continue by the second week? We all face the problem of not following through with our plans or dreams, which can lead to frustration and failure. Sometimes when you fail, it seems like you know why; you were not dedicated enough! Maybe if you had read a few more pages? You could have succeeded in studying some extra problems, putting in some more effort at rehearsal, etc. The missing link between your dreams and their achievement is discipline.
Whenever you dedicate your mind to succeed at something, there will come a thousand reasons or excuses for not completing the task. For example, you decide to go for a workout at 6 am on a Saturday, and you wake up and find that the weather is not looking good. There could be two responses: either postpone the workout to another day or decide to continue the exercise despite the cold. Your dedication to your goal will determine your reaction. However, before you can be dedicated, you must first be disciplined.
Most people will take the easy way out. Why do you have to climb the stairs to the fifth floor when there is a lift? Or why do you have to crack your brain to multiply 17 times 35 when you can use your calculator? It takes discipline for you to go out for a workout in the cold or use the stairs to the fifth floor when there is a lift or have a go at multiplication when you have a calculator. Most people cannot dedicate a task because of indiscipline. Discipline places responsibility on you and causes discomfort in the short run, but makes you succeed in the long run.
Discipline is not a fancy word, and you cannot wish it. It is a behavior that you learn by constant practice and repetition until it becomes a part of you. For example, if you want to be a dedicated programmer, you must first understand the primary coding language and then spend time developing yourself. It would help if you had the discipline to push yourself to continue to try even when it seems that you are not getting it right. When you have done something over and over again, you become dedicated to it. You can apply this concept to any endeavor in life.
You can be dedicated to anything if you can work on your level of discipline. Challenge yourself and enjoy the reward. The world needs to hear how you disciplined yourself, dedicated to your cause, and succeeded.
I will love to hear your experiences, comments, or questions in the comments section below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Besidone Ebule is the Project Director at B2SL, where he works to encourage personal development and build success networks. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.