The disciplinary push

Success comes only to those who are disciplined and never give up because discipline is the force that makes one find solution to difficult tasks. Good-life guru Robin Sharma prefers to call it ‘tough love’. The habit of self-discipline, he says, is going tough with yourself. And that is a “very loving gesture.”

In his book, Who Will Cry When You Die, Robin says, “the golden thread of a highly successful and meaningful life is self-discipline.”

Discipline comes as a “facilitator” to give you the push required to do difficult things which lesser mortals give up after the very first try. Discipline creates positivity in you; and being positive is like fully being geared up to tackle difficulties.

Self-discipline helps you live life at your own terms; and also have a life of one’s own choice — a condition necessary to be happy and to live a good life.

Essayist and thinker EM Gray says successful people have the “habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do.” In fact, they too don’t do such things but “their disliking is subordinated to the strength of the purpose.”

Aristotle said self-discipline is an act of bravery. “By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled. By doing brave acts, we come to be brave.”

The way to make life easy and smooth for success is to make yourself tough of mind and resolve. The quality of life is determined by the kind of choices you make. And the choices are varied — from the choice of reading a book to the pursuit of a career in nuclear sciences.

Helen Keller, in her book, The Story of My Life, says “One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier.”


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