Let’s start this article by defining the word “skill”. What’s the meaning of skill? According to the Webster’s new world dictionary, skill is a great ability or proficiency; expertness. Another definition says that skill is the ability to do something well. Let’s now look at the three most important skills in life. What are they?
“In reading the lives of great men, I found out that the first victory they won was over themselves… Self-discipline with all of them came first”- Harry S Truman
What’s the meaning of self-discipline? According to the Webster’s new world dictionary, self-discipline is the planned control of oneself for the sake of development.
Another definition says that self-discipline is the correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement. Why is self-discipline one of the most important skills in life? Because without self-discipline, there is no way you can improve or develop in life. Mike Tyson restrained himself from sex for more than 5 years to be able to be a renowned boxer.
Manny Pacquiao had to restrain himself from sex 21 days before a bout. That’s what we call self-discipline. Let’s look at what Manny Pacquiao’s trainer said concerning his semen retention. “Believing the old adage that sex saps strength, Pacquiao follows a strict no wife policy during training. He stays chaste 21 days before a bout”. Do you want to improve your life? Learn how to discipline yourself.
“Rule your mind or it would rule you”- Horace
Once upon a time, there was this young guy called Enoch who went to the night club with his friend.
Enoch’s friend: Have a sit my friend.
Enoch’s friend: What would you like to drink?
Enoch’s friend: Ahhh. Coca-Cola. Are you a kid?
Enoch: No I am not.
Enoch’s friend: Let me buy Guinness for you.
Enoch: No. Just buy the Coca-Cola for me.
Enoch’s friend: Alright.
Enoch knew the consequences of drinking alcohol (He knew that drinking alcohol could prevent him from accomplishing his dreams in life).
What’s self-control? Self-control is the quality that allows you to stop yourself from doing things that you want to do but might not be in your best interest. Let’s look at a story in the bible about how Joseph was able to control himself by not committing adultery with Potiphar’s wife. “But one day when Joseph went into the house to do his work, none of the house servants was there. She caught him by his robe and said, “Come to bed with me”. But he escaped and ran outside, leaving his robe in her hand”- Genesis 39:11-12(GNB).
Joseph knew the consequences of adultery (That’s why he ran outside leaving his robe behind). A lot of people have ended up in uncompromising situations in life due to the lack of self-control.
Belief in God
“I believe in God not because my parents told me, not because the church told me, but because I have experienced his goodness and mercies myself”-Unknown
What’s the meaning of belief? Belief is the acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof. Let’s look at a story from the bible about how God protected Daniel because of his belief in him. One day King Darius appointed Daniel and two others to supervise the governors of his empire and to look after the kings’ interest. Daniel showed that he could work better so King Darius considered putting him in charge of the whole empire. This made the governors and the two other supervisors jealous. So they went to the king and told him to give orders that for 30 days, no one should be permitted to request anything from any god or any human being except from King Darius.
Did Daniel flout this order? Yes. So what happened? So the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and was thrown into a pit filled with lions. But because of his belief in God, the lions didn’t hurt him. “God sent his angels to shut the mouths of the lions so that they would not hurt me”- Genesis 6:22 (GNB).
You’ve got to believe in God. Because without this skill, there is no way you can experience his goodness and mercies. I am going to talk about the three poisons in life in my next article. God bless you.
Writer: Kofi Addo
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