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….


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