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DISCIPLINE: What does it really mean?

Updated: Jun 10

Hello Friends ...

 

I really enjoy playing around with words. This includes thought, speech and print. This word, discipline, can either be very daunting, or it could change us into a very exceptional, successful individual. Here we will look at the literal definition, the myths, and how to apply the contemporary meaning to become superhuman


Here is the literal dictionary definition:

Discipline: 

Verb: punish or rebuke (someone) formally for an offense: train (someone) to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience …

Noun: the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment.


First the myths. I know this is a dictionary definition but WOW … punish, obey rules, correct disobedience!

This is what we have been brought up to know! These are the myths I’ve head for a very long time. This is why most of us are concerned about or even afraid of this word! No-one wants to be punished into behavior. No-one wants to be corrected away from disobedience.


Now let’s look at the contemporary definition. 

Discipline: self-care, self-esteem, commitment, consistency, repetition! When we have a thought that what we are doing is of value and very much for our benefit we are much more likely to KEEP GOING.

Self-care means that we must;

  1. Take a good look at what we are doing now, and ask ourselves; “does this serve me,” “why am I doing this” OR “does this matter”, now, today, or in general. If it does, repeat! That is self-care. If not, now we have to discipline (see MY definition above), ourselves away from this harmful behavior for our own self-care. Then move to a different path. 

  2. If change is needed, create a motivation of WHAT you want to accomplish and then WHY you want to accomplish it. Once you have created the motivation, make a …

  3. Commitment - Your commitment is very much mental and energetic. You can write about this in your daily journal, create a task in your day planner, create a monthly goal that your daily tasks will support and go! I like to use the brushing teeth analogy. You commit to oral hygiene, for obvious reasons. Then, after weeks and months of repetition as a child, it becomes…

  4. Consistency - Once brushing teeth is consistent, you don’t even think about it, you just do it. The smaller reason is oral hygiene, the bigger reason is SELF-CARE!

Discipline is all about self-care NOT punishment!


When you are training for an athletic event, gaining a better fitness habit, about to take a test at school, learning a new language, repairing a health issue, preparing for a presentation at work and a myriad of other things, it is commitment, discipline and consistency that will make the difference between doing what you want to do for a specific reason and drifting around without a real destination. 

Conclusion:

When your goal or result is valuable, and your commitment strong, it is discipline that will get you to where you need to go!

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Life Coach

Gary Foreman

Transformational

Life Coach

(972) 639-7292
info@garyforeman.me

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