Discipline, Mastery and Excellence PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

(Here’s three insights of my friend Francis Kong about discipline.)

Popular motivational speaker Zig Ziglar says it very very well. There are two ways to fail. One is which, “You think and never do”. The other one is that “You do but you never think”. Everything begins with a mind set. What constantly absorb you with your thoughts? You know what? What you think defines who you are and what you are, and the outcome is usually the result of your mindset. If you think about money all the time, you might look like money. It stinks. It’s not a very good thing. But if you think about disciplining yourself, mastering what you do, providing a work of excellence then guess what?

Money comes as a delightful surprise. And money runs after a person who is excellent. And then loser keeps on running after money and he never catches up. Here’s what I want you to do, you gotta think and do, you gotta do and think, and you gotta discipline yourself into becoming an expert and then work for higher cause. Work for mastery in your craft and always give more than what you are paid for. And then the money will come after you. Isn’t that a good deal?

I’ve got something for you.  Listen to this.  Wrong standards equals wrong measurement, wrong measurement equals wrong results.  You don’t say “Ilang kilo ba itong lupang ito?”  Once you start with that one you’ll gonna end up messing the whole thing, right?  So my next question now is what is your standard for success?  Is it money?  Is it accomplishment?  You know what?  The way to getting successful is to get the right standards of values, righteousness, doing things correctly.  And all of these things require discipline.  Discipline is the very platform where you get things done.  In other words, one of the best descriptions I have for the word discipline is simply two words: delaying gratification.  You control what gratifies you and you go through the chores of doing the things you may not like doing but you got to do it anyway.  And then once you’ve done it, you enjoy the gratification later on.  Discipline is key to winning.  Discipline is key in relationships building.  Discipline is key to practically everything.

“No HORSE gets anywhere till he is harnessed.

No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined.

No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled.

No life has ever grown great until it is focused, dedicated, DISCIPLINED.” Says Harry Fosdick

(Francis Kong is the president of Success Option Publishing Company. Director of Inspire Leadership Consultancy and a columnist, author, as well as an international speaker, trainer; and consultant. I am working out again for his _nth back to Zamboanga for an inspirational speaking engagement.)

By Dante Corteza