Power of Discipline

What enables self-disciplined people to persevere and overcome obstacles and setbacks that "trap" the less disciplined and less committed?

Man using his power for self discipline

When a self-disciplined person is faced with difficulty, s/he rises to the challenge, and often emerges stronger than ever before. Besides, s/he also calls upon his/her inner resources to find creative solutions to the challenges on hand. In so doing, s/he relentlessly persists in pursuit of a goal to which s/he is committed, in word and deed.

All of us have such an attribute in some measure. It’s only a question of knowing it that’s important – not merely searching for it at a chemist’s shop, or self-help manual. Yet, the fact remains. Each one of us has untapped resources within us. It works, automatically. At the right time, these deep wellsprings of will power and creativity are discharged. You won’t even know how. But, it comes off like magic. Somehow.

As noted psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi put it: “Resilient people are good at transforming chaos into order.” In addition, they are able to take a seemingly hopeless situation and convert it into an activity they can control and also relish. Chaos, it may be actualised, spurs the self-disciplined person to new heights of imaginative problem solving.

When you are persistent, you acquire self-discipline.

Self-discipline is just not related to discipline. It is an ingredient that will help you develop patience, which is, again, an important component of persistence.

Example: you fall short of expected results. It’s an adverse circumstance. Think of it with a positive frame of mind, as a possible optimistic interpretation, perhaps, that here’s an opportunity to find the key to doing better, or starting anew. But, you ought to be realistic. Because, when the goals you have pursued, or “established,” fit neither the reality of the outside world, nor your own capabilities, it’s time you changed gear.

Yet another thing is fundamental. Never ever waste time commiserating over an adverse event, and don’t you also ever wallow in self-pity. This is deleterious for your health and wellbeing.

Try to bear in mind the resilient cases of people who have overcome adversity. Or, of someone who made it big from scratch, or refused to give up in despair. Or, a friend, who went through many a bad spell, and finally got through to say that s/he was lucky to be where s/he is. This will not only inspire you – but, also facilitate to make things work for you.

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Rajgopal Nidamboor
Dr Rajgopal Nidamboor, a trained physician, is a writer, commentator, and author. In a career spanning 25 years, Nidamboor has published over 2,000 articles, on a variety of subjects, two coffee table books, an E-book, and a primer on therapeutics, aside from an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy.


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