In the animated series Avatar, the protagonist is trying to master the skill of harnessing fire, and asks a master for guidance. The master remarks, "To master the bending disciplines, you must first master discipline itself." Most of us are trying to learn something so that we become an expert in a chosen field. In order to do so, we must first learn self-discipline. So what development rules can we follow to imbibe self-discipline within us?
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Respect Yours and Others Time
We all know the idiom ‘time is money’. It lets us realize that time should be treated as an asset, and not as a free commodity. Because most of the activities that we perform are time-driven, it helps in the long run if we micromanage our day-to-day tasks and become more time conscious.
Keep a Clear Head
Focus your mind on the activity that are doing right ‘NOW’, rather than getting diverted by distractions or going astray with cluttered thoughts. Meditation helps in calming oneself. Exercises like walking or jogging also help if you feel stressed out. The objective is to keep a clear head while dealing with any task we set our minds on.
Set Goals for Yourselves
In order to remain focused in life, you must have some tangible goals. Having goals channelizes your energy and concentration on an objective. On achieving a set goal, there is a feeling of contentment and self improvement that flows through you, and helps in giving meaning to your life.
Complete Your Projects
Whenever you take an initiative to start a particular project, no matter how big or small, make sure that you see them through. Not only will this help in increasing your morale, but others will see you as a dependable person.
Indulge in Co-curricular Activities Even After School Life
Even though your academic life may get over, try continuing to engage yourself in fun activities like dancing, learning a musical instrument, etc. Try practicing this activity until you reach a certain level of mastery in it. This will give you a sense of accomplishment, and will make you more sturdy whenever you are faced with some other more daunting challenge in your life.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
Attitude makes habit, habit makes character, character makes man. Keeping away from bad habits like procrastination and laziness will help you in keeping a steady mindset while dealing with your workload. Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial to achieving success in your career, relationship, and in life as well.