-bridge between goals and accomplishment
"Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want."
Discipline is the key to success - this saying holds true at all times and for all people of all age groups. But for students, it holds a great value. In contemporary times, there are many temptations that can lure a student away from his basic objective in life. Focus is an essential part of achieving what you want in life. You have to be able to discipline yourself well enough to concentrate on a single purpose if you want to get anywhere. Your time depends on the choices you make. Unfortunately, it's too easy to make choices on the fly without a reference point - a grounded purpose or set of beliefs - to apply when making those decisions and choices. What you need is more 'Focus-ed' time. The way you live your life, from the career you choose, all the way down to the food you eat, should fit into your values and beliefs, purpose and priorities. In life you can either be the hammer or the nail. You can apply force and energy where you want it to go, or you can react to the force and energy of others. The more you react instead of act, the harder it is to set your own direction, and the more likely it is that you'll wake up one day and wonder where you "went wrong." "If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." -Jack Dixon.
You must take not only those actions that help you to solidify habits that could stick with you for the rest of your life but they could also directly affect the outcome of your future in terms of your prosperity and contentment. Learning to prioritize, staying organized and making every second count undoubtedly take us a long way. At a student's level, where there is cut-throat competition and time is extremely precious, certain distractions can prove to be real obstacles to overcome. Self-discipline is something students should aim to achieve. It is not a commodity one can buy from the market. It is a rare quality which one has to inculcate, nurture and cherish from early childhood. Through self-discipline will come concentration which will, in turn, help a student scale newer heights of academic excellence. Success will be theirs for the ones who value and practice self-discipline and abide by it at all times. Temptations are always there. Only the forms of temptations change. But for those of us who learn the subtle art of self-discipline and self-constraint, nothing can prevent us from attaining our goals in life. Let us all aim to be a little more self-disciplined from henceforth.
Smt. Vindya Bopanna