By Tope Babatope
Have you ever wondered why some people never reach their goals? Why they are always frustrated with reversals and crises? Why do some people have continued success, while others have endless failures? Anyone who has accomplished anything worthwhile has never done so without discipline, whether in sports, athletics, academia or business.
People without discipline try to do everything, commit themselves to nothing.. Some so called liberal thinkers have interpreted lack of discipline as freedom.
Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing. If you want to become more disciplined and consistent in your performance, you need to become more disciplined and consistent in your growth. How can you do that? By knowing the what, how, why, and when of personal improvement.
Lack of consistency is poor discipline . Discipline takes self control, sacrifice, and avoiding distractions and temptations. It means to staying focused. We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare bragged about his speed and challenged the tortoise to a race. The tortoise accepted the challenge . They appointed a fox as the judge. The race started and the tortoise kept going, slowly but the hare sprinted off. He quickly left the tortoise behind. As he was confident of winning the race he decided to take a nap. By the time he woke up, remembered the race, and resumed running, the tortoise had already reached the finish line and won.
Consistency takes discipline and is more important than erratic effort.
Knowing what to improve and how to improve are critical to consistency in personal growth. But so is knowing why. The how and what will take you so far.. The why is what keeps you motivated long after that first rush of energy and enthusiasm wears off. It can carry you through when willpower isn’t enough. Think of it as why- power.
Having a strong why will help you to keep going when the discipline of learning becomes difficult , discouraging, or tedious. If your growth is connected to your values,dreams and purpose, you will know why you are doing it. You will be more likely to follow through . If you think about it,you can see that discipline and motivation are two sides of the same coin. If you have the motivation you need, discipline is no problem. If you lack motivation, discipline is always a problem.