Self-discipline has a basic ingredient of honouring time, and this includes punctuality in presence and decision-making. A timely decision saves a lot and is key to management. Even if there has been an error in a quick decision, it proves better than a delayed decision for availability of time for a correction.
Image-building is a time-consuming process and and requires sustenance on values and it is like a business investment paying later with premium. So, have patience in expecting others’ recognition of your image and its working for you. Toughness without self-discipline proves to be counter-productive and hollowness of one’s personality becomes obvious soon. For the indisciplined, diplomacy is the safe den.[The article has been contributed by Ram Bansal. An Engineer by profession, now at 62, he lives in his native village to work for his own people. He is a determined atheist and goes by logic and his own convictions.]