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Why Self-discipline is key to achieving life goals

Every now and then, we constantly hear of youngsters expressing their angst about how they are unable to forward their careers or focus on what they want to do. These are youngsters who are either unaware of their interests or know about what works for them. Yet, some of them still have a reason to not do what they love.
 
During my conversations with friends, colleagues, parents and others, I realise that if something isn’t working for us, we need to analyse what’s compromising our focus. Of course, we cannot have a grip on things outside our control, but most of us can surely look within ourselves and try to understand where we are failing.
 
Everyday, I see some of my friends telling me about their goals. That definitely is a great thing. But, from what I observe, they have one thing in common – the lack of self-discipline and commitment to their goals. I agree that we are young and want to make the most of our times. But, how we discipline ourselves reflects directly on the commitment we have towards our goals.
 
For example: There were several points in time where I have tried to“fit into the young & happening crowd”, pretending to not care enough about my career. But, every time I did that, a fear of “What if I fail in my career?” always haunted me. That, in a way, brought me back to reality. That understanding of myself and my ability to do things has helped me realise that success is all about a great daily routine and driving yourself through the challenges, everyday. 
 
If you look back and analyse the lives of every successful person, you will find ‘Self-discipline’ as a common trait among all of them. By self-discipline, what I mean is, trying to understand yourself – this includes your daily wake-up time, exercise/physical fitness/meditation, work time, leisure/break time at work, hours of relaxation/reading or wasting time unnecessarily and most importantly, your bed-time.
 
This doesn’t not mean you shouldn’t attend a friend’s party or have a great time drinking with your friends or cut down on your socialising or entertainment. Rather, you could compartmentalise your time and resources.
 
Self-discipline means you need to plan your day to work towards your goals. This is a tough task for any human being. It involves understanding unnecessary activities or exciting distractions that you waste your time. 
 
Here are 5 ways to gain self-discipline:
 
1. Routine: Your wake-up time decides your day for you, whether you realise it or not. It will have an effect on your bed-time and your next day. Hence, understanding this is very important. 
 
2. Prioritise Tasks: Try to understand your “high priority” works for the day and do them at the beginning of your day.  As the day progresses, keep the “low priority” work towards the end of the day. That way, you will not be stressing yourself when you want to relax for the day.
 
3. Planning: How you want to work things out will depend on how you plan your day well. Planning is also an exercise that creates a roadmap and clears your mind off unnecessary anxiety. Making this a daily habit will take you a long way in life. 
 
4. Take the time off: While we work in the hours which are suitable to us, we also need a time off from our work and screens. That will help us re-energize ourselves. So, take up any physical activity or exercise or anything that gets your endorphins dancing!
 
5. Consistency: Success is the result of persistent efforts. People like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Indra Nooyi, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs or even someone like Dashrath Manjhi – the Mountain Man, know the value of self-discipline in their lives.
 

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