Discipline is one of the ingredients for success but, it can also be the cause of failure.
Once we incorporate a new habit in our repertoire, we feel solid. It helps us to perform actions quickly and effectively. For example:
- Meditation after waking up, every morning.
- Lunch at 12:30pm, every noon.
- A nightcap before going to sleep, every night.
If performing them accomplishes the goals – a clear mind, good digestion, relaxation, etc. – then, that’s great!!!
But, …what happens if, after years of performing them, we realize that meditation doesn’t clear the mind anymore, lunch at the same time turns social instead of based on our metabolic needs or the praised nightcap interrupts the quality of our sleep???
Repeating the same useless actions over and over (even when clearly the actions don’t have the expected outcomes), is not a sign of discipline but a sign of myopia.
When I was a kid and I used to send hand-written letters every week to my grandparents by mail since phone calls between cities were expensive. Nowadays, I could definitely continue doing that and wait days to get a reply, or I can use WhatsApp, Skype, or a simple call. The point is, knowing how they are IS the goal, the medium is irrelevant and up to my choice.
The second ingredient of success is adaptability – the capacity to change according to new conditions.
Even challenging, analyzing our actions in hindsight and performing necessary tweaks will increase our chances to improve our lives. In other words, being disciplined to constantly change is what guarantees our evolution.
Keep on learning…