SELF DISCIPLINE AS AN INTEGRAL QUALITY OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
Rev. Fr. Peter Egielewa, PhD
Chaplain, Edo University Catholic Chaplaincy, Iyamho, Edo State, Nigeria
SELF DISCIPLINE, AN INTEGRAL QUALITY OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
“Your ability to develop the habit of self-discipline will contribute more to your
success than any other quality of character”-Brian Tracy.
Al Tomsik: “Success is tons of discipline.”
After interviewing 500 of the richest people in America, Hill Napoleon concluded that “Self-discipline is the master key to riches.”
In fifty years of research, people who succeeded greatly had the ability to:
- think long term,
- delay gratification in the short term so that they could enjoy even greater rewards in the long term,
- thought ten and twenty years into the future while making decisions for their current actions.
*Self: set of someone‘s characteristics, such as personality and ability, that are not physical and make that person different from other people.
*Discipline: training that makes people more willing to obey or more able to control themselves, often in the form of rules, and punishments if these are broken, or the behaviour produced by this training.
- Integral: necessary and important as a part of a whole.
- Quality: how good or bad something is.
- Undergraduate: a student who is studying for his/her first degree at a college or university.
- Studies: the work a student does at school.
Qualities of an undergraduate
Physiological maturity: minimum of 16 years of age before being admitted into an undergraduate programme.
Psychological maturity: Mental capacity to unterstand the rigours of undergraduate studies & the human society.
Academic maturity: Has obtained atleast 5 credits in WAEC/NECO & JAMB as well as Post-UME, where applicable.
What is Self-Discipline?
“The ability to make yourself do, what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”-(Brian Tracy).
“Ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state.” (Steve Pavlina)
Key word is “sacrifice.” It is the ability to sacrifice immediate pleasure or gratification in the present in order to enjoy greater rewards later on.
Values of Self-Discipline
Increases self respect.
Your self-esteem increases.
Your self-image improves.
Your brain releases endorphins which make you happy and proud.
| The most important point is that self-discipline is a habit that you can learn with practice and repetition.
* Herbert Grey searched for “The common denominator of success.”
As a result of his 11 years of research and interviewing successful people, he concluded that:
“Successful people are those who “make a habit of doing what unsuccessful people don’t like to do.”
This would include recognising and accepting the current reality, thinking hard, working hard, planning, having the willpower to pursue goals, investing time and learning not to give up on set goals.
The Five Pillars of Self-Discipline
If you take the first letter of each word, you get the acronym
Perceive reality accurately and consciously
Acknowledge what you perceive.
Ability to set a course of action and say, “Engage!”
Provides an intensely powerful yet temporary boost.
It burns out quickly, but if directed intelligently, it can provide the burst you need to overcome inertia and create momentum.
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work”. - Oprah Winfrey
Hard work is that which challenges you.
Being industrious doesn’t necessarily mean doing work that’s challenging or difficult.
It simply means putting in the time (a significant time investment).
How to maximise the usage of your time
A = Must do – serious consequences for non-completion (e.g. write exams). This you must do.
B = Should do – mild consequences for non-completion (e.g. not doing assignments). This you should do to reach your target.
C = Nice to do – no consequences for non-completion (e.g. hang out with friends). This you can do if you wish to but there are no repercussions if you don't.
D = Delegate – everything possible ( e.g. buying note books). This you should do but you don’t have to necessarily do it by yourself. Delegate.
E = Eliminate – everything you can to free up more time (e.g. aimless chatting on Facebook, WhatsApp). You may do but you don’t have to. You can do without it. Free valuable time for other important tasks.
Ability to maintain action regardless of your feelings.
You press on even when you feel like quitting.