6 surefire ways to elevate your life.
The first law of economics is scarcity. As a rule, there’s never enough of everything for everyone who want it. From time immemorial, supply has never been enough for all demands. This is due to price. The first law of demand states that ‘’The higher the price, the lower quantity demanded. The lower the price, the higher the quantity demanded. Ceteris paribus’’. By illustration, few demand go for higher price while high demand go for lower price. All things being equal. Do you realize that the concept of Economics is the concept of life ? yes! Just take a closer look at it. A lot of folks out there want the best life. A fulfilled life. One that is driven by purpose. However due to the price involved, few people actually attain it. The rest put up with Mediocrity. Well this discussion today is for those few. The people that are just like you. There’s a price you have to pay for living your dream. A high one at that. One that requires tenacity to actualize. Well, Join me at the garden and make your self comfortable. We are in this together, not as competitors but as a team. ( 2 glasses and a bottle of baileys please. Not you, I’m talking to the waiter now). Continuing from where we stopped at Tenacity of Purpose pt 1, next is the price of;
4. Discipline: ‘’The quality of self denial in the pursuit of a long term goal and indeed the will power to maintain that self denial is an excellent training for the board room’’ says John Viney. Another word for self denial is self mastery, self control or self discipline. Discipline is the sacrifice. It is paying the price to bring your vision into reality. Discipline arises when vision joins with commitment. The opposite of discipline is indulgence. The path of least resistance which causes people to sacrifice what matters most in life for the thrill or pleasure of the moment with little or no concern for the long term consequences. Perhaps the most important word in long term thinking is sacrifice. Superior people make sacrifices in the short term to assume greater heights in the long term. Long Fellow once wrote;
‘’Those heights by great men won and kept,
Where not achieved by sudden flight.
But they while their companions slept,
Were toiling upwards in the night.’’
Your ability to think long term is a developed skill. Successful people make a habit of doing things that unsuccessful people don’t. Successful people are more concerned with activities that are goal achieving while unsuccessful people are more concerned with activities that are tension relieving. Every habit of self discipline strengthens every other habit. Unfortunately, every weakness in self discipline weakens every other habit. The failure mechanism is our default mechanism. It is the temptation to follow the path of least resistance. To do what is easy rather than what is hard and necessary. While the failure mechanism functions automatically by default, your success mechanism is triggered by a goal. According to Jim Rohn, Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. When you are not working consciously and continually to do and have those things that constitute success for you, your default mechanism is at work. Like mentioned earlier, there’s a price you’ll pay for living your dream. You will have to make sacrifices but it will be worth it if you stay committed. Successful people are willing to pay the price whatever it takes and as long as it takes to achieve their results. There’s an interesting point about the price of success. It must be paid in full and in advance. However, success is it’s own reward. One area of self discipline that is worthy of note is time management. The law of forced efficiency states that ‘’Theres never enough time to do everything but there’s always enough time to do the most important things.’’ . You cannot save time. You can only spend it differently. You can reallocate your time usage from areas of low value to areas of high value. Herein lies the key to success and the requirement for self discipline. Time management is the ability to choose the sequence of events in your life. The essence of time management is to discipline yourself to set clear priorities and stick to these priorities. Go through your life regularly and practice creative abandonment. Consciously determine the activities that you are going to discontinue so that you have more time to spend on those tasks that can really make a difference to your future. Before you begin each day, make a list of everything you have to do. Then apply the A BC D E method.
A B C D E
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Must do Should do Nice to do Delegate Eliminate
Another explicit illustration of time management is the four quadrant of time . But, that will not be discussed today since this is not a whole topic on time management and discipline. All the same we have understood the very concept of the word discipline and how it relates to achieving our goal. The next is;
5. Consistency: The law of accumulation states that ‘’every great achievement is an accumulation of many small achievements’’. Do something everyday that moves you in the direction of your dream. When you do something everyday that moves you closer to your major goal, you develop momentum. It starts with taking the first step. The difference between winners and loosers is that winners take the first step. They are action oriented. The very act of starting an important task, raises your self esteem and motivates you to continue. That continuity leads to consistency. Like rain drops on a cold winter night. Dripping through a hole in the roof. The gusty wind swirling in confusion, on broken blinds and chimney pots, and newspapers from vacant lots. One drop following the other, all through the heavy shower, till the chimney pots are full. So you should continue, one step after another, irrespective of the circumstance, till your joy is full. Consistency requires these two courageous step; First, the courage to launch, to take action. Second, the courageous patience. The ability to hang in there after you have gone all in before and yet to see result. In other words, the staying power. Here’s how it goes, when you consistently make better choices, you create better habits. These better habits produce better character. When you have better character, you add value to the world. When you become valuable, you attract bigger and better opportunities. This allows you make more of a contribution to life. Some people have really figured this out. They stand out in the society as people of strength and power. Whether as a salesman, an entrepreneur, an employee or an employer, when you consistently do what you say you’ll do, the names attached to you are ‘’reliable and trustworthy’’. True integrity is based on keeping to your agreements. There’s nothing as fast as the speed of trust and nothing destroys trust faster than making and breaking a promise. Whether the promise is to your self, your customers, your employees or to your employer. That is one true test of consistency.
6. Conscience: ‘’whatever weakens your reason,
Impairs the tenderness of your conscience,
Obscures your sense of God,
Takes off your relish for spiritual things,
Whatever increases the antics of the body over the mind,
That thing is sin to you no matter how innocent it may seem’’
Susana Wesley (John Wesley’s mother)
Conscience is the inward moral of what is wrong and right, the drive towards meaning and contribution. It is the guiding force to vision, discipline and passion. Conscience is the subordinating of one’s self or one’s ego to a higher purpose or principle. Conscience is the still small voice within. It is quiet. It is peaceful. Unlike it’s opposite. Ego. Ego is tyrannical, despotic and dictatorial. It is conscience that constantly tells us the value of both ends and means and how they are inseparable. But it is ego that tells us that the end justifies the means unaware that a worthy end cannot justify an unworthy means. Conscience profoundly alters vision, discipline and passion by introducing us into the world of relationships. It moves us from an independent to an interdependent state. Conscience often provides the ‘’why’’ to our choice, vision, passion and discipline. ‘’Conscience transforms passion into compassion, Says Steven Covey in his book titled The 8TH Habit. It engenders sincere caring for others, a combination of sympathy and empathy where one’s pain is shared and received’’. Compassion is the interdependent expression of passion. People who do not live by their conscience will not experience this internal integrity and peace of mind. The private victory of integrity is the foundation for the public victories of establishing a common vision, discipline and passion.
This talk on conscience is not about religion. It’s more about a man’s spirit. Don’t get it twisted. I do not know what vision you have chosen to pursue as your purpose in life. Do well to pursue it with passion, discipline, and consistency but let your conscience guide you. Earlier I told you it’s a discussion we are having. So lets hear your own views through the comment section below. (of course I can hear your heart through your written words. But first, let me refill my glass). Winks.Thank you for a nice time out.
A half year end publication of June, 2017.
Written by Crown Nwachukwu