There is not much that can beat taking a disciplined approach to the learning process when obtaining an education in the subject you intend to excel in. The way in which a person tackles their particular topic of study certainly has a big influence on how well they will do when it comes to getting grades.
If this strategy is so powerful and successful then, why is it that so few students actually adopt that style of self discipline in their own studies? I think a big part of the problem lies in the failure of the education system to place a great enough emphasis on discipline, especially since it is seen by many as outdated, overly restrictive or even unnecessary.
Where Did Discipline Go?
Back in the mid 20th century, a big movement rose up and pushed itself away from the establishment and the “old ways” of educating people. People demanded more freedom and fewer limitations placed on their time.
A whole generation caused big changes to occur, believing they were right and the established and traditional teaching methods were too restrictive, stifling creativity and even ambition. That way of thinking continued to drive subsequent generations to the point where even healthy competition was viewed as contrary to the freedom movement’s beliefs.
With all these changes went the traditional teacher enforced disciplines and schools became freer and less restrictive, which was seen by many as a good thing. Unfortunately, self discipline, which is the most important kind, began to die out with it.
Fortunately, there is a contra-flow of thinking that believes personal self sacrifice and self discipline are the true ways to personal success and when you stop and consider it, you’ll see it is the only viable way. It all boils down to how the true meaning of the terms sacrifice and discipline are interpreted.
Many feel that to make a sacrifice means giving up something they like to do. That’s something most people do not want to do. But in truth sacrifice really means giving up something of a lower nature to gain something of a higher nature, in some way like sacrificing a low ranking chess piece to gain a better strategic position to win the game.
Self sacrifice and disciplined thinking (see: disciplinedthinking.com) and action can bring incredible results when applied to study and learning. It doesn’t mean giving up anything other than trivialities that would stand in the way of success.
But it does mean focusing on the things that matter to the exclusion of the things that do not matter in order to achieve the kind of success that is only possible through this approach. In the end, it really depends on how much success means to the individual.