The power of Discipline and Consistency

In a charity match played in 1986 to promote the fight against drugs and corruption, Diego Maradona wore a jersey that had on it, “No to drugs” while Michel Platini wore a jersey with the words, “say no to corruption” written boldly on it. In August 1994, Diego Maradona was banned from football for 15 months for drug abuse while Platini was banned from football for life in December 2015 on corruption charges.

In the thought of it, what could have made these football stars effortlessly jeopardize their life-long personality and what could have been an unsullied legacy? -The lack of discipline and consistency!

There is no mention of discipline without consistency. Of all the goals you set for yourself, none will ever be successful without discipline and consistency. It is not discipline, but the consistency of it that determines success.

Discipline is consistency in action. Consistency is the ability to do or act in the same way over time for as long as it takes to attain your goals. This means to succeed; you need to be disciplined as much as you need to be consistent with it. Discipline is important as it builds self-control and helps to maintain focus on your goals whilst consistency -above other things- helps you gain momentum and mastery.

Failure on the path to success is mostly not due to the lack of strategic or effective planning, but the lack of self-discipline and consistency. People are often eager to take up a position, begin a new venture, or start a task with enthusiasm. They make a plan and decide on old habits to drop or new habits to pick to achieve a goal, but somewhere along the line they become inconsistent. They are disciplined enough to start but will subsequently struggle to keep up with that habit they need to succeed. Just like an overweight woman who sternly decides to hit the gym and cut down on high-calorie food. After the first few days she begins to skip her workout routine and resume consuming those high-calorie foods she wants to abstain from. At the end of the day, guess whose weight loss goal will not achieved due to lack of discipline and consistency?

We’ve all been in situations where we know what we need to do, have the resources needed to start but become inconsistent. The consequence is that those goals will not be accomplished or will take longer time than estimated to be achieved.
In your life and work, understand that to achieve your goals, you need to master the art of discipline and consistency. And, never confuse movement with progress because you can run in place and not get anywhere.

To stay disciplined and consistent with goals, you must;

  1. Write down your short- term and long-term goals that are measurable. Doing this will enable you track your progress and know whether you are consistent or not. It will also help in maximizing how you channel your efforts towards specific tasks.
  2. Create a daily routine and place reminders around your home or workplace.
  3. Find an intrinsic motivation i.e. something to look forward to at the end of your daily task.
  4. Minimize/ detox distractions that take you away from your goals. Starve your distractions; feed your focus.
  5. Leverage motivational tools to keep you going even when you don’t feel like it. These tools can be in form of books, podcast and advices. Motivation is like food. it is needed time after time to revitalize.
  6. Don’t be discouraged by the mistakes you make along the way. It is okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
  7. Hold yourself accountable. Accept responsibility for your actions, be accountable for your results, and take ownership of your mistakes. Accountability is the glue that ties commitment to the result.

Barack Obama’s Message to the World

Barack Obama - U.S. Presidency, Education & Family - Biography
Barack Obama’s commencement address is a message to the world and we must take responsibility now. We must be in charge and ask the right questions.
In so many ways, you’ve already started to lead in your circles of influence; family, community, worship centers, institutions and among your peers and colleagues even when no one is watching.

Barack Obama’s commencement address is a message to the world and we must take responsibility now. We must be in charge and ask the right questions.

In so many ways, you’ve already started to lead in your circles of influence; family, community, worship centers, institutions and among your peers and colleagues even when no one is watching. With all the challenges the world is facing now, no one is too young to understand that with the selfishness and greed of older generations, their thoughts, decisions, and actions have brought us to where we are today. But this is our responsibility to bring the world to shape.

The power rests in our hands as youths and not in the hands of the Old guys who have always feared to embrace change.
The recent pandemic is a clear picture of our unpreparedness to unite to save the world as we still battle with irrelevant problems from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic health care for people who need it. It’s obvious to our generation that the old ways of doing things just won’t continue to work when we think just about ourselves.

The hard truth that has also been exposed is that we all need to unite and be involved. We should not leave it to those adults that we had always thought were in charge as it has been exposed that they don’t have all the answers. A lot of them aren’t even asking the right questions. So, if the world’s going to get better, it going to be up to us.We have all gone through tough times before — slavery, civil war, famine, disease, and each time we came out stronger, usually because a new generation, young people like us, learned from past mistakes and figured out how to make things better.

What next?

In your immediate environment, strive to do what you think is right. Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think. Do not get carried away by your age, religion, ethnicity, fancy titles, and job roles which have screwed us up.

Decide to ground yourself in values that last, like honesty, hard work, responsibility, fairness, generosity, respect for others. You won’t get it right every time, you’ll make mistakes as we all do. But if you listen to the truth that’s inside yourself, even when it’s hard, even when it is inconvenient, people will notice. They’ll gravitate towards you. And you’ll be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Care for each other, embrace partnership and community building. No one does big things by themselves. But if we’re going to get through these difficult times, create a new world, save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we’re going to have to do it together. So be alive to one another’s struggles. Stand up for one another’s rights. Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide us — sexism, racial prejudice, status, greed — and set the world on a different path.

Managing my Social media and E-mail accounts after death. “Digital Will”

Unavoidably distracted by gunshots and noise emanating from the ongoing riot at the park, I moved closer to take a peek at what was going on. There lied before me, Aremu, the local bus transport Chairman, in the pool of his own blood. Still. Cold. Dead. Aremu was gunned down in his own territory by thugs who wanted to take over the park. As a Nigerian, this is a very familiar scenario. If you are not a Nigerian, you may want to click on the link below for insight.

The Lagos Danfo experience - Rethink Lagos

I enjoyed my weekly conversations with Aremu.

Aremu was the local yellow bus (popularly known as ‘Danfo’) transport Chairman in my community. In the park, local buses are queued according to allocated number slots and take turns to load passengers.

To my greatest shock, our conversations led me to discovering he was a Masters Degree holder! His thought provoking opinions and astonishing level of reasoning was enough proof to back that up. An in-depth analysis of how he came to own 60% of the buses at the park as well as his personal brand can be coined into a very interesting masterclass for any aspiring entrepreneur.

After his demise, his personal brand faded the way a yellow “danfo” painting becomes white.

Isaac Asimov said, “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It is only the transition that is troublesome”

Ever wondered what happens to your brand of a person after your demise? Ever thought about what becomes of the security and importance you have attached to your social media platforms, emails, cloud documents and their passwords?  

The transition to death is the reality of leaving behind everything we could not do without when we had life. Those things we lived to love, adore, and acquire through hard work, fate, and/ or serendipity.  The things that made us feel important like our family, friends, awards, achievements, degree, toys and yacht, jets and the sophisticated closet that housed collections of jewelries and designers. It is leaving behind everything including that electronic pal that had secured our personality, identity, and brand while we lived -our phones.

But why should personality matter to the dead anyway? The society will always try to reconcile what you portrayed as your personality and brand in comparison with the true reality which reveals itself after your demise.

A Father who used to be a god figure to his children may now become imperfect to them. The principled & faithful husband may become a Casanova to his wife. The astute boss will not be so clever anymore because the world had managed to know one little dirty secret you hid in the four walls of that phone or email you left behind. And worse, there is no guarantee you would be given an opportunity for explanations. Depending on whatever the known secret is, a person’s personality –the image they had spent their life building – becomes tainted. So many legacies has faded away as a result of this.

Your personal brand is the heartbeat of your influence and legacy. Once your brand dies, the influence and perception your personality commands may follow with time if the right structure is not in place.

Though, there is a new trend of tying personal brand with a corporate brand in order to ensure corporate success, promote family business and sustainability. While this is done with the mindset of expanding wealth for the company or family, this might as well just be an activity that would close the gap on the uncertainties of personal brands after the death of an individual.

Now you may have been wondering what happens to that account and phone of yours when you pass on.  You may be surprised to know that Michael Jackson’s Twitter handle is still as active as it was before his death years ago.  

Maintaining a presence online after you die has its share of problems as well. Mean-spirited people — called trolls in the online world — might take the opportunity to leave insulting or inflammatory comments on your page just to stir up trouble. Who guards your profile after you are gone? Can someone request access to your accounts to act as custodian to your online presence?

The answer varies from one site to another. Each company creates its own policies. Some, like Myspace, do so on a case-by-case basis. Others, like Facebook, establish rules that allow friends and relatives to transform a normal profile into a memorial.


  1. Appoint someone as online executor
  2. State in a formal document how profiles and accounts are handled
  3. Understand privacy policies
  4. Provide online executor list of websites and logins
  5. State in the will that the online executor must have a copy of the death certificate

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