“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”
— The above phrase is quoted from Henry Ward Beecher.
We grow up with a lot of quote such the above because we always like to think that our conscious will is the master of our destiny but I think the truth is otherwise. A strong will alone without a rigorous self-discipline can bring us to nowhere. Every single things in this world needs discipline.
The very obvious example is the New Year’s resolution. Every year, we make a bunch of promises to ourselves but do we really stick to those lists? There are so many people out there who make them at the New Year eve and subsequently break them before the end of January. What a stupid way to start a year but we all did it. For every start of the semester, I always promised to my self that there’ll be no more last minute study but we always forgot what we always promised as we live through our life and the worst part of it is that we make a lot of excuses such as busy, not enough time and etc so that we won’t feel guilty and the blame is not on us. The truth is most of us can actually follow through on our promises to other people but few can be sure that they will do what they have promised themselves because when it involves other people embarrassment is a powerful motivator which comes into play.
Yes, without a will, there’ll be no such thing as a plan to change but without a self-discipline, the plan won’t last that long. Self-discipline is the power that we require in order to do what we’d had decided whether we feel like doing it or not. Don’t expect good things to drop into our lap unless we are prepared to do whatever it takes to get them like what Jim Rohn had told us:
“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.”
Ergo, whatever our goal is, a strong will and a rigorous discipline are the two key elements that should coexist or else the goal is just another big tease.