D'S, desire; discipline; dedication and determination, to Success
Reaching Goal is the Ultimate Achievement
Alphabet ‘D’ is the Key to Success
Thanks to Ruchira Khanna for giving me an idea to write this article through one of her articles titled Lady Luck. She wrote about the English alphabet ‘L’ and as I read the first line of her article I got an idea of penning down this article. Today I would like to discuss about the English alphabet ‘D’. I would say ‘D’ is the key alphabet to success. For whatever you want to achieve in life three basic qualities are very important in life. They are ‘discipline’, ‘dedication’ and ‘determination’. It is better to say that if we want success in life then we need to follow the path of 3 D’s. Different motivators and guides have always suggested others the path of 3 D’s for various achievements in life.
Concept of 3 D’s and 4 D’s
My family and school both had taught me the importance of 3 D’s in life. I have definitely benefitted from their teaching and so have developed a tremendous faith and respect for the three basic qualities: discipline, dedication and determination. Still, I decided to surf the internet and go through different books on 3 D’s of life and I found a little bit of contradiction in various write ups. Some says first ‘D’ stands for desire. Some suggests that it is destination to where you want to reach in life. Some do not talk about discipline and even their interpretation does not match in the positioning of the 3 D’s. Among the 3 D’s which one follows the other one has a little ambiguity. After reading all the different write ups I came to a conclusion that it’s better to stick to the 3 D’s: DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION and DETERMINATION which I was taught in my childhood.
Finally, I’ve decided to add one more D to the existing theory and make a new one. That means it should be 4 D’S – one more D is added at the beginning and then follows the 3D’S as specified earlier. In my opinion the 4 D’s are ‘Desire’, ‘Discipline’, ‘Dedication’ and ‘Determination’. Desire is the beginning of every goal and determination leads to the end that means the achievement of the goal.
Want is endless. Our regular life is full of want and so is the case with achievement in life but to have a specific ‘desire’ is not mere ‘want’ of our regular life. I would say that suppose I visit a market then I may wish to have a dress which I liked while window shopping. If I could manage to get it then its fine or else it may bother me for few more days and later the want will subside. Suppose the craving lasts and lasts but it ends only after it’s bought then this is ‘desire’. A craving from heart and it ends only when the wish gets fulfilled is called desire which is the starting point of everyone who wants to aspire something in special.
If you observe then you will see that every student has numerous ambitions in life. Sometimes one wants to become a doctor, later an engineer or journalist, even may be fashion designer and what not. It constantly varies during the growing up years but later decides one in particular and starts working hard to achieve the goal. So, what one wants to become is an ultimate desire of life. This kind of desire starts guiding people to dream for the future. Actually, it motivates a person. It’s better to say that want is a very small portion of the word ‘desire’. Once a desire is properly set in one’s life then it needs a special attention. It needs to be worked upon systematically so that one may finally achieve what one desires. This leads to ‘discipline’.
Discipline is a next needed quality. One starts to learn about it from childhood. One has to follow the set rules and regulations of any field in which you aspire to succeed such as maintaining time and all the other work ethics. If it is not followed obediently then it becomes difficult to reach one’s goal. It does not mean that one will not have fun but priorities are to be understood. Importance of time should be of prime consideration. For the sake of fun if the most important tasks are kept aside and neglected then one is breaking the required rule which is gross indiscipline. Can this be a norm to success? Certainly, it cannot. Discipline always regularizes one’s thought and also directs the way to achievement in a very concrete, clean and clear manner. Those who follow the principle of discipline in achieving something in life have a very clear vision of life but without it everything will seem vague. Now, once one becomes self disciplined and start respecting the law of discipline while working towards one’s goal then it’s time to remain dedicated.
Dedication is at the 3rd D position among the 4 D’s I have derived for a successful life. As we all know that every human being cannot attain sainthood. Everyone cannot become Mother Teresa. Why? We all worship God but while doing so we fail to surrender ourselves completely to Him. A complete devotion is required to become a saint.
It is same with everyone who eyes something big in life. A lack of concentration encourages flaws to creep in. Thus, dedication is to devote completely with heart and mind both. It means doing your job wholeheartedly. Dedication always brings in progress and naturally one who aspires with dedication then achievement cannot be far away. Dedication or concentration helps one to excel and sharpens the knowledge one is acquiring during the preparations. Break of concentration is a disqualification. To achieve one’s goal, dedication that means an honest effort is a must at every step but it becomes easy to reach one’s goal when there is determination too.
Undoubtedly, achieving something big needs desire, discipline and dedication but along with these 3 D’s if at any point one lacks determination then the striving for success comes to a grinding halt. Strong determination is an essential quality from beginning of an aspiration till its achievement because it keeps one going on with an intention in life. It reflects patience with which one has to work hard continuously for the success, may what comes in the way.
Let me give an Example: suppose a candidate desires to become an IAS Officer of India. The preparation for this examination needs a lot of time and patience. The candidate is extremely desirous so starts preparing for the examination with full discipline and dedicates himself completely to its preparation but after a certain period of time starts lacking the determination which he had while beginning the preparation makes all the difference. Maintaining patience and keep on continuing till he becomes the IAS Officer is a reflection of determination. Desire, disciplined working and complete dedication while preparing for an examination simply go in vain without the attitude of 'carrying on' with the task on hand. Thus, without the strong intention of going on until the end allows the dream to crumble down.
Importance of all the D’s
The truth is, for every achievement all the 4 D’s are of utmost importance. Thus, achievement comes in the way of those people who wish from the bottom of their heart (desire); work in a planned manner (discipline); work with an honest devotion (dedication) and the perseverance to carry on the job until the ultimate desire gets fulfilled (determination).
I am sure this write up will encourage all the writers at HubPages including me to strive more and more for our aim of being a successful writer. The beginners who have an aspiration will definitely succeed if they follow the guidelines highlighted in this article. These D’s have proved themselves time and again so there is no risk at following them rather success will follow the follower of 4 D’s.