Discipline is the art of commitment to an idea or purpose; it is being able to stay focus in spite of distractions. In oder to achieve a goal or purpose there must be commitment, such commitments takes discipline. Discipline (Dis-cip-line: disconnect from a line of distraction. This is my interpretation!) seems to be a simple innocent word but when we examine the complexities of the word in it’s truest form, we have to agree it is not as simple as it seems. Let’s see how the dictionary describes discipline. “It is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.” I am not sure I like that explanation because it seems to put you in a very confined opinion or imagery. I think it is a form of self control imposed on oneself in order to achieve specific goals.
Discipline is action or inaction that is regulated to be in accordance with a particular system of governance. It is commonly applied to regulating human and animal behavior. However, as individuals we are given the task of self governance, how we achieve our tasks depends on our priority and our level of urgency with regards to what we hope to achieve. It is said, “people with a higher degree of self-control spend less time debating whether to indulge in behaviors that are detrimental to their health, and are able to make positive decisions more easily. They don’t let impulses or feelings dictate their choices. Instead, they make level-headed decisions. As a result, they tend to feel more satisfied with their lives.” If you happens to be one of my type of people this does not sounds far fetched. It can be cultivated as a way of life. You might call if ridged but it takes a lot of energy and self determination to stay focused.
To make it to the goal of self discipline there are things you can do that will help in your endeavors. Knowing your weaknesses is very important for your success. What is it that tends to pull you away from your tasks or goals that you have set. This is where I would begin to make changes. Determine what your priorities are and determine to reach them. Crowd out any distractions that tends to interfere and make the decision to stick to the set goal. There will be times when it seems impossible but believe me, it is not! Just stick to the plan! You will always get those who are willing to condemn you for your rigidity but remember it is you who stand to gain from what you will achieve. At the end those who condemn you will compliment you. I have been there!
Acknowledge your shortcomings, whatever they may be. No man is an island, we need each other. There is no need to pretend, we are all vulnerable. Own your flaws; that’s a way to overcome, however, there will always be flaws. Today there are many things that will take you away from your set plans but you have to determine to resist temptation. As the saying goes, “ out of sight out of mind.” If it is a distraction, remove it! The fewer distractions you have, the more focused you will be towards accomplishing your goals. Set yourself up for success by removing bad influences. It is true in life and relationships.
Being able to set clear goals and having an execution plan helps in being disciplined. Have a clear vision of what you hope to accomplish; understand what success means to you. It’s easy to lose focus if you don’t know where you are going! We have all heard stories of successful people but can you imagine the discipline it took for those who achieve it! A clear plan guides you through each step you must take to reach your goals. Failure is not an option, however, only discipline will get you to the finish line.
One more thing I would say about discipline, it demands willpower. This is not something you were born with, you have to practice and develop it over a period of time. This takes lots of work! In life I would say, nothing is impossible; if you can imaging it, you can achieve it. Be disciplined!