discipline |ˈdisəplin| noun1 the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience: a lack of proper parental and school discipline.• the controlled behavior resulting from discipline: he was able to maintain discipline among his men.• activity or experience that provides mental or physical training: the tariqa offered spiritual discipline | Kung fu is a discipline open to old and young.• a system of rules of conduct: he doesn’t have to submit to normal disciplines.
Discipline. The word often brings up thoughts of sacrifice and loss. Think of practicing your instrument. You can spend a lot of time practicing, but you sacrifice and lose the opportunity to do other things. Who really wants to be in their studio working on new music when it’s a beautiful, sunny, 72º day outside? You tell yourself, “I need to be disciplined and practice anyway,” almost as if it’s a punishment.
But discipline, despite the official definition, is not a punishment. Rather, as King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp has said,
Discipline is a means to an end.
- Do you want to get better?
- Do you want to know the new music you will perform?
- Do you want to be the best you can?
These are all the ends you are working towards. They won’t get there by themselves. “But,” you say, “discipline is boring. All those hours of practice. All that repetition!” Yes, practicing can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be.
Articles Origin: In Praise Of Discipline