Six years ago, on my very first day in high school, my mother gave me Php200 for my allowance, I remembered how excited I was because that was the first time I was given an allowance for an entire week. I have imagined the millions of possible things I can buy with my money; until I found out the next day that the prices of the food in the school canteen was far greater than my elementary school’s canteen. Long story short, I ended up spending my whole allowance on the first three days, then I thought at that time, if this goes on and on, I won’t be able to save some money for the things I want to buy; and that was when I decided that something needs to change.
I would like to talk about the greatest thing high school has taught me – self-discipline. Six years ago, I decided that I needed to lower my expenses if I want to have money in case I will need it. And trust me, there is not a single day that I regret thinking that way, back then.
High School continuously bombards us with activities, assignments and projects, right? Some of you do these requirements the day they are given to you. If you are one of those people, I want you to know that I admire you for I cannot imagine the amount of self-discipline you have. Now, many of you start to work on them the following days after it was given to you. HOWEVER, I know most of you start working on these requirements either the night before the deadline, the day of the deadline, and for the legends, AFTER the deadline, right? Now I’m not here to make you feel sad about your habits, as a matter of fact, I want you to give yourselves a silent round of applause because it takes a certain amount of discipline to start something. There is an old saying in Korea, “A good start is half the work.”
For those of you who live far away from home, life can be very tiring, we are on your own so we need to discipline ourselves. We need to have the discipline to work hard, not only when everyone is watching, but especially when no one is watching; the discipline to say no if you really want to say no, even if everyone around you is saying yes; the discipline to save that extra money you have, so that when the time comes, you will have a little something from your hard work; the discipline to wake ourselves up, simply because no one else will; the discipline to start that requirement right now, because as Team Fearless puts it, life doesn’t give you what you want, it gives you what you deserve; and if you haven’t worked for it, if you haven’t given your all, then you won’t get it.
Life is really just a matter of discipline. You want to have good grades, have the discipline to study. You want to be good at a certain sport, have the discipline to religiously practice for it. You want to accomplish something, do not give up easily. A wise man once said, “If plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters! Stay cool.” Tetsuya Kuruko once said, “I’m not saying you’ll definitely make it if you don’t give up. But if you do give up, then there’s nothing left”
Self-Discipline and being able to keep things in your life on schedule, being able to keep promises and being able to meet deadlines are essential to success. We must realize that life is teaching us all of these the hard way. Life is cruel, that’s a fact. It wants us to realize that “There is no elevator to success, we have to take the stairs.”
Now if you want to see some improvement in your life, I think you know what to do.