|DISCIPLINE is the BRIDGE between GOALS and ACCOMPLISHMENT|
The first President of the United States once said, “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” Truer words have seldom been spoken.
Since our early childhoods, we have been told we need to be disciplined to lead a successful life. But what exactly is this concept, and do we really understand its nitty-gritty? Discipline is simply following a particular code of behavior in order to make the right decisions to move ahead in life. To quote actor Michael J. Fox, “Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone's watching or not.”
Restrain is something everyone in the world has a hard time following. This is what distinguishes a leader from the laymen. It is this strength that forms your decisions and, in turn, makes or breaks you as a person. To follow this restrain, discipline is vital. Discipline also brings a structure to a person’s life and lets him or her be responsible.
Another important aspect of discipline is how it helps society from descending to chaos. As it takes people discipline to make the right decisions, it promotes good behavior, which improves society as a whole, thus making it a happy place to live and prosper.
Now let’s take a look at how it helps students. Every student is required to put in a certain amount of hours to keep track of their curriculum and flourish. However, this practice requires discipline. All of us have had moments where we wanted to slack off and not pick up our books in spite of knowing that is not good for us. To maintain the restrain to study hard and not laze around we need discipline. Like the author, Gary R. Blair said, “Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure.”
This is also the case with workplaces. No organization would want to retain an individual who has no discipline in his or her work. People at the top of the businesses would naturally show such discipline and restrain and thus expect all their employees to follow suit. Simple actions such as turning up on time or finishing a project on time, all require discipline.
If you look at sports also, you will find the top players are extremely disciplined and hardworking. Former athlete Julie Foudy once said, “Sports build good habits, confidence, and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth opportunities.”
Studies have shown that most people respond to instant gratification, which might not be always possible in life. Therefore, it is important to see that all of our actions will have long-term effects. To understand such effects and to work towards them, we all need to be disciplined. This will also give you the ability to overcome obstacles that stand in your way.
Remember what Lal Bahadur Shastri said, “Discipline and united action are the real sources of strength for the nation.”