I smiled at the goals that I had typed into my laptop. Beautiful goals. Run 100 kilometers per week. Cycle 50 kilometers per week. Publish four books per year. Write 3,000 words per day. Travel within Kenya every months. Travel outside Kenya every six months. And on and on. These goals were from the previous year. I had achieved probably fifty percent of the goals. The one word that captures why I fell short in achieving the rest is this – discipline. Lack of it.
In the words of Bwak the Bantu Poet, ‘discipline keeps walking even when the legs keep stopping. Discipline keeps flying even when the wings pause flapping.’
Can discipline be learned? Yes it can.
You learn it by taking that small, first step towards your goal. Then the second step. And the third. Then you keep walking even when your legs keep stopping. This is why discipline is the key to your success. It is the key that ignites the car of your life and enables you to drive forward, towards your destination.
Discipline will unlock your potential and set your firmly on the path of triumph.
So today, stop saying that you wish you had more discipline. Simply take the first step towards your goal. Then keep walking even when your legs keep stopping.