Is discipline needed? A dream is enough…

Your dreams and aspirations should be strong enough to make the journey as seductive as the destination. Our battle with discipline has been one that almost all of us have lost most of the times. No matter how hard we try, this is one beast that refuses to be tamed.

This losing struggle has been at times the bane of our lives, but perhaps the greatest liberator too. Because in refusing to be tied down by time schedules and constraints imposed by others, we give creativity and Consciousness free rein. Pay heed to your inner monologue, this inner monologue which exists within all of us, is the greatest guide and master one could ever hope for.

Let me be quick to say that here indiscipline is not being advocated, its discipline that is imposed on one externally. Every task requires certain rules and processes, but these should be laid by oneself with a motivation to achieve it. There are some things that must be done even if you force yourself to do for the sake of your own growth, health, general sociability and compatibility. Once that is being taken care of, the externally-imposed discipline is just an albatross around the neck which will put one off rather into doing something.

That does not mean, to give less energy, attention or passion to what you do. Look for and connect with aspects that excite and arouse your passion. Create a passionate affair with every task that comes your way. And with this, the task rather than a “Must Do” becomes a “Love To Do”.

Dreams and aspirations are greater motivators and means of achieving goals, rather than the dreaded discipline. Our dream should be such a compelling motivator that one should be seduced into working towards it.

We all need motivation to achieve anything – be it better physique, writing a book, earning money, become a cook or even wake up in the morning. Discipline is required if the motivation isn’t strong enough. Why should one have to be flogged into pursuing one’s own dream?

When motivation is strong, we create our own sets of rules and routes towards it which in turn becomes pleasurable and welcome. One starts looking forward to the time spent in that structure once your rhythm matches the pace and you set yourself towards the goal.

Surely, external discipline in formative years is a necessity, but that is because we do not any better then. With time, when you give up a beaten track and choose your own drummer, you have a greater responsibility towards yourself….


Watch it!! You are the message you convey!!

What and how you convey about yourself to the rest of the world influences perceptions and the ultimate reality about you.

A great respect comes for people especially leaders who manage without any effort to execute a total change in public perception, leading it to a more positive and winning zones. It requires immense courage to look at you from an outside perspective, have the gumption to work on negatives; to actively project the positives and finally emerge a winner by winning a million hearts. Cultivate a persona and sense of mystique that keeps you seductively enveloped and newsworthy, not to please people but to be remembered as a person who made a difference. (With this I can’t help but to remember and embrace my mentor, a true leader, and an incredible human being- Srikanth Sir…)

We all are driven by an enormous amount of expectations/pressures that is thrown on us every-day which commands our behavior. A leader wears that crown willingly of making his/her organization profitable but the ability to neatly demonstrate the value of the most humane tenets of leadership – having the fortitude to smash targets while being sensitive towards the needs of people helping him/her smash those targets, is what leaves an indelible impression and that is when your message is conveyed about who you truly are.

By being well-aware of our own-selves, our triggers and aspirations, we can project the image we wish the world to see. Far from allowing yourself to be pulled down by jibes and criticism, use them as the springboard to improve and catapult to greater heights. What others say about us becomes irrelevant in the face of the confident foot we set forward and our self-belief.

Some of the best lessons learnt from some best people in my life:

Always recognize everyone
Right from the CEO of the company, to the junior-most employee, everyone, and everyone, is good at something.

Earn it

Earn, instead of commanding, respect. Do this by being sensitive to the needs of your employees, and explaining your decisions to your juniors to ensure they know the context in which you are operating in. This will allow them to identify with your thinking and make it easy for them to accept and internalize the work given.

Some “team” time:

A secret to a happy team to relate to your thinking is by sharing small, personal chats with them. Every Monday morning, gather for five minutes to discuss what you did over the weekend – even if it only involved sleeping for 18 hours over 1 day (right, Yukti?)

Admit your mistakes
Admitting your mistakes only makes you more human, along with giving you a newfound appreciation of the nuances of what you do and the importance of being more careful in the future.

Working with Srikanth sir and some great leaders, with time, I have learnt that it is not difficult to be a great leader – but all that depends on your definition of greatness. It is one thing to be great by fulfilling targets and boosting company revenue, but another to be highly regarded by your colleagues. The latter can only come if you focus on the more humane side, which emphasizes on you being honest and sensitive towards others.

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