Disciplining the SELF

Its 8:30 a.m and I open the windows of my room to let in some light and fresh air. Over the next 15 minutes or so, I have to get ready for work. Like most of my contemporaries, I do not rush to office at the early morning hour, thanks to my desk office setup at home – the destination of my writing pilgrimage. And like any other standard office it runs between 9 a.m and 6:30 p.m (sometimes extended and no compromises on that). It’s a typical journo’s desk mind you! The left hand side of the table is filled with stacks of journals and press releases and other reference materials. The center part of the table is occupied by my PC, an office contribution to motivate employees to perform even better and with gusto. The right side is again piled with visiting card holders, card folders, a pen holder and my notebooks. That’s it about my cozy home-desk office.

Self-discipline takes time to master

Self-discipline takes time to master

A freshly prepared steaming hot cup of coffee (sometimes its ‘chai’ ) waits on the table, – which takes away all the morning fatigue and gives me the oomph to sustain. I am ready for another long day at work!

I quickly slide into my chair, take a sip of coffee or chai and turn my systems on. I unload a sigh, and begin to plunk keys. Boss needs two exclusives every day, which is a challenge no doubt. Besides, editing, interviewing industry experts, tracking and uploading every supposedly flawless story online as senior editor keeps me occupied the entire day. My friends often call me a ‘workaholic’, a tag which I often cherish.

Writing on enterprise technology and meeting business stalwarts is something I enjoy – that’s been my realm for the past several years. However, my decision to blog occasionally gives me a different level of confidence, a kind of ‘creative accomplishment’. I can write whatever I feel like in my own creative space. But, in the midst of so many commitments and some sense of accomplishment, I often wonder, do I live up to the tasks I’m supposed to do? And for that am I self-disciplined enough? Sure, why not, I reasoned. Self-discipline is in my nature, and since I also value goal setting, I impose a schedule each day. I love to research, play with words, write and rewrite stories with utmost focus, as I charge up my spirit by drinking some extra cups of tea/coffee.

I found out with each passing day, I become more self disciplined. I remember some time ago, I was not so much interested in self-discipline, self-awareness, self-discovery, or any other possibilities. But over time, I’ve noticed that successful people share one thing in common: an ability to mobilize themselves and their talent to achieve goals. Accomplishment is not a passive entity. One must work at it. History reveals self-disciplined individuals with an impulse to connect their imagination actively in their chosen field are accomplishers. In other words, to become an accomplisher, you have to be self-disciplined.

Admittedly, its not an easy task. Self-discipline takes time to master. It requires retraining the way you think and organize your life. It can help you ask questions, seek answers, set goals, and achieve them. Most importantly, you will also discover how quite awesome it is to know what you want in life, make plans to achieve it, and actively move forward in that direction.

This reminds me of an interesting quote I came across a few days back: “No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” Think of it, the whole idea makes so much sense to me at least!


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Norin Paul on April 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The reason why so many people fail to achieve their goals and end up living mediocre lives is their lack of self-discipline. No matter how talented you may be, to experience the sweet taste of success you need to master the art of self-discipline.
    People who have achieved great success started at the bottom and worked their way up by disciplining themselves for success.


  2. Posted by HS Eswara on April 21, 2013 at 5:11 am

    My dear Sohini,

    I was happy to read your write up on ‘self-discipline.’ As always, I loved the writing. Yes, self-discipline is a promoter of achievement. But, at the age of 75, it may be difficult for me to instill this quality in my life. I have been a lotus-eater all my life, and I wish to carry on the rest of my life the same way. Your home-office looks lovely, and I wish you had your photograph in the chair to complete the picture. With best wishes,
    HS Eswara


    • Posted by Soho on April 21, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks sir, to be honest, I would say, you’ve been one of those few people I’ve come across who taught me a lot about self-discipline and even self-control and I’m really grateful for that. You may not develop this trait anymore as this is something that’s already there in you in a very positive sense – something which you may not have paid too much of attention. It’s always nice and motivating to get your feedback nonetheless.


  3. Posted by Shantheri on June 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Nice, inspiring….


  4. Posted by Nirmalya on June 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    After long time read your article. Superb as usual. A great fan of your’s writings…


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