Conquer Yourself

03 August, 2020

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all. (George Washington)

The Sirens were three mysterious women who, according to Homer’s Odyssey, lived on an island. Whenever a ship passed by, they would stand on the cliffs and sing. Their beautiful song would tempt sailors closer and closer, until eventually they were shipwrecked on the rocks below. Odysseus was curious to hear the Sirens’ song but was well aware of the dangers. He ordered his men to tie him to the mast as they approached the island and then to plug their own ears with beeswax. When Odysseus heard the Siren call, he demanded to be untied, but his shipmates bound him more tightly, releasing him only when the danger had passed. The story explores the powerful pull we all feel at times to flirt with choices that take us off the right course. The point of this story is that self-discipline is what ties you to your purpose and stops you from making a shipwreck of your life and destiny.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself, said a wise man. Discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment; between inspiration and achievement; between necessity and productivity. It is like a set of magic keys that unlocks all the doors of wealth, self-worth, happiness, culture, high self-esteem, sophistication, satisfaction etc. It helps you feel better about yourself, and that good feeling, that surging feeling of self-worth is almost as good as accomplishing the discipline. Though discipline does not change your destination immediately, it helps you change direction immediately. Discipline attracts opportunity. Opportunity is always looking for ambition, preparation and skill in action. Discipline taps the unlimited  power of commitment. Discipline is the unique step of intelligent thought and activity that puts a lid on temper,  encourages success and deters failure, enhances health and curbs sickness.

It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. (Edmund Hillary)


Author: Yomi is a wordsmith, passionate about books, reading, education, healing and health. She has appeared several times on television and radio; speaking about her passion. She has Master’s degree in Medical Immunology from the College of Medicine, University of London and worked at a postgraduate college of medicine in London for over a decade before pursuing her passion for writing. She is the author of four books.

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