Become who are you destined to be with self-discipline

Become who are you destined to be with self-discipline

NLP Neuro linguistic programming Ankoor Naik

I am sure most of us have heard of this story about a hen and the bull.

The hen wanted to fly to the top of a tree and the bull asked him to eat his droppings since it had lot of nutrients which would give enough strength to the hen to achieve what he wished for. The bull then encouraged the hen with an inspiring speech too.

The hen got inspired and followed his suggestions by consuming the bull’s droppings, felt energized and reached the top of that tree only to be discovered in a few days by a nearby hunter who shot the bird.

The moral of the story is very simple: “Enough of bulls**t from anyone might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there”.

So what defines success if motivation and efforts itself are not enough?

Self-discipline is the key!

It is the ability to make yourself do things not because you feel like doing it, but, because it needs to be done.

  • How many times have we seen professionals get high position jobs in corporate and to everyone’s shock and dismay they fail to deliver!
  • Similarly, with entrepreneurs who start their company and business by selling their services to their contacts (mostly friends and family, references by their spouse etc) for years together, only to eventually discover, they can’t sell outside in the real world anymore and in less than five years, they are done.

We all want to achieve something extraordinary and be successful. But we want our holidays, our time out, our breaks, our celebration time, don’t we?

Achievement involves preparation, sacrifices and tremendous self-discipline that delivers actions with productivity.

Look at Michael Schumacher, Sachin Tendulkar, Muhammad Ali, Narayana Murthy, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Dhirubhai Ambani, Ratan Tata, Michael Jordan, Dean Karnazes, Mother Teresa…. they have greatness, no doubt, but they have unbelievable self-discipline.

There was this popular case study in the late 1960s and early 1970s led by psychologist Walter Mischel, at the Stanford University, which conducted “the marshmallow test” with four-year-olds in the preschool.

They wanted to assess each preschooler’s ability to delay gratification. Each four-year-old was given one marshmallow. They were told that they could eat it immediately or if they waited until the researcher returned in 20 minutes after which they could have two marshmallows.

Twelve to fourteen years later these same kids were reevaluated as teenagers. The results were astonishing. Those who had been able to control their impulses and delay gratification (basically self-discipline) as four-year-olds, were more effective socially and personally. They had higher levels of assertiveness, self-confidence, trustworthiness, dependability, and ability to control stress.

Confucius wrote, “The nature of people is always the same; it is their habits that separate them.”

Mastering the art of self-discipline is like investing lucratively in time and empowering ourselves to achieve incomparable goals.

Here again, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a powerful tool. It teaches and empowers us with the power to achieve this self-discipline to a great extent using many of NLP’s popular techniques.

Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been ~ Theodore Von Karman

So as dreamers, achievers and goal oriented professionals, it is our duty to showcase to the world; that amazingly perfect world, which we can envision, but they are probably unable to visualize.

It’s time to become who we were destined to be!

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Be Well

Ananth V

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