Discipline & Its Importance in Life
The lifespan of a human-being is very short. We only have a few years in which we have to rise beyond the things we are not, find our true self & shine like the sun and the other stars in the sky. This is without any doubt a very difficult task to accomplish for anybody but it is not something that is impossible. In fact, it can be made really easy if we are truly interested, willing & devoted to this natural urge within each one of us to become limitless. The only problem in achieving this is the fact that most of us feel very lost, disoriented and weak to become organized in our thinking, our actions and our approach towards life. What we need to do however is to recognize what is good for us and start doing it in an organized, consistent & regular way. To put it simply, we need to become disciplined in our lives to make it meaningful, happy & successful.
Discipline Brings Success But Not Happiness
|Discipline Brings Success But Not Happiness|
Many people become successful in becoming disciplined in their lives. They make a really good & healthy daily routine for themselves and follow it religiously to become successful in their lives. They become physically and economically very strong riding on their disciplined & organized actions. Other people are always in awe of them and they start following these disciplined people with the hope of becoming strong and successful like them one day. But deep down, these successful people are not satisfied with their success or with their life for that matter. They always feel empty within and often feel sad without knowing what went wrong with them. They feel cheated by success. They feel broken from within. Where did they go wrong? What do you think?
Don’t Run After The ‘Goods’ Mindlessly
|Don’t Run After The Goods Mindlessly|
They went wrong on only one thing which is the most basic & important thing of our lives. The thing that they should have done at the very start of their disciplined healthy routine. Their mistake was that they started following their routine because they thought it was good for them. When we do things because we think they are good for us, we push ourselves too hard towards accomplishing these tasks. We want to achieve these ‘goods’ at any cost. We are not in a condition or mental state where we can think of the side-effects of our actions on ourself. And in the process we trade away the most important things of our lives which are inner peace & happiness. We should not do something because we think it is good for us. We should do them because we are wise and because we genuinely like doing something. When we ignore this aspect, we may get success in the physical world but our inner well-being is totally compromised.
Use Your Wisdom & Understanding
|Use Your Wisdom & Understanding|
So, how do we become disciplined by using our wisdom and not our mental & physical strength? To do this, we need to follow the set daily routine in a way that is compatible with our inner health & well-being. What this means is that instead of pushing hard at things to accomplish them, we need to see what are the reasons for our resistance or our inability to do the things listed in our disciplined daily routine. And once we know these reasons, we need to find solutions to go past them. For example, the most basic thing in your healthy daily routine would be to get up early in the morning. If we push ourselves too hard to do this, we would either become restless and won’t get any sleep or we will forcefully reduce the number of hours we sleep which would again affect our overall health.
The alternative and the right way to do this is to ask yourself what is/are the reason(s) which prevent us from getting up early? May be we are going to bed too late, may be we are eating too much junk food which makes us sleep more or may be we are just averse to doing exercise in the morning. Once we know the precise reason for the problem, we will also know how to work on them & remove them. Doing this will not only make you successful in following your disciplined daily routine but will help you do it organically & sustainably.
Anything done with force is bound to create friction in our lives. And we don’t want friction but pleasantness for ourselves. So, what we need to do is not to become concrete in our minds in order to become strong in our real life but to become more open mentally so that we can open up & solve the riddles that we face on our way to our well-being organically!
We are human-beings and not robots. We have feelings & emotions. We have to take them into account while we think of our well-being. Following a disciplined & healthy daily routine by ignoring our realities is not healthy at all. Mental health is as important as our physical fitness. Becoming disciplined by ignoring how we feel may give us success but it will bring deadly consequences and side-effects with it.
Physical success by ignoring mental realities is like caging our feelings & emotions inside us. Such people become successful economically but are unable to express & share their feelings with anyone which ultimately pushes them into sadness, depression & suicide. When we run after success on the back of our will-power and strength instead of our openness & our wisdom, if we succeed, we will be lonely and if we fail, we will be shattered.
When we achieve discipline & success in our life using force, will-power and strength, we will not be able to sustain them as they were not built organically. And if our will-power is ‘strong’ enough to sustain the routine, the stress that our mind & body will go through during this time
would be high enough to make our lives miserable. Both ways we will lose our life. So, let discipline enter your life like a flower blossoming in the garden, that is, not by force but by opening-up naturally to the beauty of life!