Discipline, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is “Training expected to produce a specific type of pattern or behavior, esp. training that produces moral or mental improvement.” So in most cases we look to an outside source for training that will improve what we are trying to learn. In the Martial arts we learn that “Discipline” is a by product of our training. This usually takes place by someone pushing us or prodding us to do better, or just one more repetition, or even correcting and improving a particular aspect of a form, drill or training method. But, the drive and will to do better than we have is truly not something one can just get through training, it is self- discipline. The internal drive to push yourself to improve, to do just one more repetition, to search for knowledge to improve one’s self, to always be pushing yourself the extra mile, even when no one else is looking or telling you to so, that is self discipline. How does one practice or improve self discipline? There is no easy way to do this. It is only through the choices, or decisions you make each and every day, can you enhance your self discipline. Look at the choices that face us every day, the easy and quick stop at MacDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King, or a healthy well thought out meal that you make at home. How about our own training? There is a T.V. show I really wanted to watch tonight or should I go to class and do 1000 repetitions of drill? Are you pushing yourself to read more, train smarter, improve how you do things, willing to accept others criticisms in order to improve a skill, if you are not, can you honestly tell yourself why? Do we really want to hear the answer?
How do we start on the path to being better “Self- Disciplined”,
Well start small, look at yourself and honestly evaluate where you are right now and where you want to be in the future (Always sounds easier than it really is),
Choose to do better in some aspect and write down a particular goal (Dealing with said aspect) with a date in which you would like to achieve it.
Consistently act towards improvement towards your goal. Haphazard attempts don’t count. You do, you don’t talk about it or think about it, you just do it! (Don’t procrastinate)
Be realistic, and don’t expect miracles, make them happen for yourself.
Well that is my soap box. So what are you doing right now towards improving your self discipline?