By Ikenna ONUOHA, mnipr
“Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.” Haile Gebrselassie
At the heart of any successful person, is self-discipline. Whether it is success in their personal lives or their professional lives, it all starts with an inherent ability for self-control through discipline. Your thoughts. Emotions. Behaviors. And your habits. You must keep them all in check.
If one wants to achieve those lofty goals set out, understanding how to discipline oneself is a key ingredient to the success recipe. But self-discipline is not something new. In fact, self-discipline has been a topic of discussion for thousands of years. And it is been championed by some of the world’s most successful people.
Referring to our ability to succeed in life at any endeavor, Aristotle once said, “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” We can’t form those good habits without having a handle on our ability to discipline our actions and behaviors.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “With self-discipline most, anything is possible.” More recently, Jim Rohn claimed “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” And Robert Kiyosaki asserted that “Confidence comes from discipline and training.”
Regrettably, today, the practice of Journalism professional has been reckoned with myriads of Indiscipline and bad behaviors. Though, not only in the profession that indiscipline is observed, but as the writer’s primary constituency, the need to review, criticize and proffer solution becomes pertinent.
What successful people have come to understand is that discipline is the gateway to the achievement of their goals. They learned how to use discipline in their lives to achieve their dreams. They leveraged the art of self-discipline by creating a foundational set of good habits that helped them to see things through.
In the cause of practice, those who lack self discipline are envious of the social attainment of people who denied themselves comfort in pursuit of their goals. Good a thing, Journalism profession, as a global rated field of nobility, is one of those cherished vocations that has reasonably garnished principles of ethical standards.
Those who suddenly find themselves in the profession today without thoroughly traversing through the rudiments and tutelage of the job, are bringing disrepute to it. They no longer dig deep to unravel hidden issues, only to focus more attention on frivolities and unsustainable benefits with fixed lifespan.
Today, the gatecrashers and imposters are known by their inquisitiveness towards money. Creation of allegation and counter allegations with little or no basis. This is why there is need for NUJ to filter them out and purge off the bad eggs from the most decent and professional ones.
Those who were not properly tutored before venturing into the profession are going about chasing millions and billions in negation to the principles of the job as a “thankless” work done sincerely, conscientiously and firmly to salvage the society from the vicissitude of political brigandage and luxury.
They can go extra miles to accuse innocent people falsely to lure them negotiate settlement. All these antics are ill-gotten wealth that end up pouring on the road. Those who find it difficult to make even as a result of their poor journalistic training go ahead to impersonate when obviously, they are known quacks. Only discipline is the watchword.
But how is discipline created or formed? What allows one person to wield what seems like total and full control over their behaviors and their actions, while others falter and fail? How can one person be so conscious of what they do on a daily basis, while others simply throw caution to the wind?
The answer to those questions lies in our habits. Since 40% of our behavior is habit-driven, if one wants to control his ability to be self-disciplined, he has to control his habits.
In particular, there are habits that help one to discipline himself. If the person can instill them into his life, no doubt, such individual can create the foundation for achieving goals. Without these habits, the person will just be stabbing around in the dark.
Meanwhile, considering that so much of what people do on a daily basis is habit-driven, developing the right habits will help to instill the right amount of discipline into people’s lives.
But where do habits come from and how are they developed? And why is that when we try to change habits by either breaking bad habits or building good habits, we only follow through for so long before we give up and revert to our old ways?
The biggest problem, especially with habits that people have had for years and even decades, are the neural pathways that have been etched in the brains. Neural pathways help to link up neural networks to perform a particular function such as walking up the stairs, smoking a cigarette, or preparing a cup of coffee in a certain way.
Neural pathways help to automate behavior that is constantly repeated in an effort to reduce conscious-processing power in the mind. This allows the mind to focus on other things that might be going on. This stems from the early days as humans, and is part of one’s genetic makeup, allowing for a more efficient mind that can be used towards many other things rather than the mundane.
However, it’s the supposed mundane behaviors that are repeated, which work to hold people back in most cases. We tend to have more bad habits that are detrimental to the lives than good habits that help to move people forward.
Considering that those neural pathways get etched deeper and deeper over time, it becomes harder and harder to break bad habits or make even to form good ones when the bad ones get in the way.
But, if Journalists and other professionas can instill good habits into their lives, they will find that disciplining oneself becomes far easier. It won’t happen overnight. Remember that habits take time to form and to break. But, if a person starts small, and build, he won’t be wondering how he can discipline himself any longer, since he will embody the particular habits that promote self discipline in lif
Most people practicing are not grateful, they see every gifts from people as a right rather than a privilege. While some practitioners see packages from people as transport fee, order than an appreciation, others consider it as a bribe to shelve or whittle down “allegation”.
Very annoying that people spend far too much time wanting things. The habit of gratitude helps move people away from constantly wanting what they don’t have, and towards appreciating what they do have. When people do this, some remarkable shifts begin to occur.
The effects of gratitude are far-reaching. From improving one’s mental health, to the emotional wellbeing, and spirituality, gratitude can do so much. But most importantly, it helps to move people away from a state of lack and towards a state of fulfilment.
By so doing, we shall be expecting Imo of our collective dreams.