Discipline is defined as the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience. If any institution be it family, school, college, or workplace wants to function properly; discipline is to be maintained within it. For example, discipline in a family means that the members of the family follow a certain pattern in what they do like getting up going to bed on time, having their meals on time, etc which replicates a specific routine in life.
Discipline in a school and college means that the students should reach there on time, greet the teachers whenever they meet them, maintain silence wherever and whenever required like in a library, or attend all the functions held in the school and college etc. Discipline in the office or at any workplace means that all the working staff be it the employers or the employees should reach the workplace on time and also maintain the pre- defined code of conduct.
Thus, it is understood that for the successful functioning of any of the institutions on earth, maintenance of discipline is mandatory. But the bitter truth remains; discipline is not maintained by each and every individual at the same level. The presence of discipline in an individual’s life leads to phenomenal success and the contrary is true in the case of the absence of discipline.
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Look at the examples of all the great men in history; Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Albert Einstein, all were successful in their lives because they lived a life of discipline. The famous industrialists such as Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, Laxmi Mittal, or superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Julia Roberts or even athletes such as Sania Mirza, Abhinav Bindra, all have attained outstanding success in their lives only because they follow a strict discipline in each and every area of their respective lives that they are in.
Expecting to attain success without having discipline in life is like expecting a fairy Godmother to solve all your problems just by moving her wand. It is impossible! If you take a closer look at both successful and unsuccessful individuals in life, you will essentially find one major difference between them, the successful people are disciplined while the unsuccessful ones are not disciplined. How can you expect your office and your staff to work properly if you being the manager do not reach your workplace on time?
Similarly you should not and you cannot expect success in life without proper discipline. Success will come down to your knees if you live a disciplined life.
Whether an individual will emerge disciplined or not largely depends up on his or her parents and family. A child is born in a family and it is the family where he or she first learns to remain disciplined. If the parents teach the child the importance of discipline at an early stage of life, the child will have no problem in facing the difficulties that life poses, but if the parents and the other family members are themselves not disciplined; this is what the child will learn. It is possible that the child learns discipline in the school with his or her peers, but then he or she would not be able to maintain the balance between his or her discipline and the family’s non- disciplinary manners. It is nearly impossible to strike a balance.
It has been wisely said “For every disciplined action there is a multiple reward”.
This saying is indeed true. If you exercise every day, you are bound to remain fit and healthy, if you maintain a proper routine to manage your work; you will never have workload etc. Life becomes easy if you have the habit of maintaining discipline and also difficult in the absence of discipline.
In the beginning maintaining discipline is admittedly tough but as time passes by, you become habituated to follow a disciplined life and a time comes when you cannot think of surviving without maintaining discipline. If you do not learn to maintain a disciplined life today, tomorrow life will teach you in a harder way. So better learn to become disciplined as early as possible. A disciplined individual has the capability to face all the challenges in his or her life easily.
Discipline can be explained as training which will develop ones moral character and helps to produce a particular type of behavior. Training which helps the individual to correct, improve the overall conditions, moral character with the change in behavioral pattern of the individual.
Discipline is an essential part of our life. In fact with out discipline life we can not work smoothly. Parents, elders of the family and the teachers are the first persons to introduce the sense of discipline to the children. Discipline must be learn t from the early stages of life. Discipline ensures the smooth flow of life with out putting hindrance to the individual's liberty. Discilpline teaches us to be systematic towards achieving our goal of life. It helps us to achive our ambitions.
Our social structure will fall apart with out the discipline in social life. A society with out the proper discipline encourages the unsocial activities such as violence and bad behavior. Self discipline is most important to achieve complete Discipline in life.And it also helps to develop better character of the person concerned.
It is rightly said” He that cannot obey, cannot command".
Nation can not progress with out the law abiding disciplined citizens. This helps to build up the nation with the proper co-operations and unity. In these case nation can be saved from neighbor's opportunistic attitudes. Strength of a nation lies in discipline.
Chanakya rightly said, "United we stand, divided we fall."
Self-discipline is to motivate self in spite of a negative emotional state of mind. For self-discipline individual should have strong will power to control the mind. Self-discipline works automatically and leads to the success.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, writes, “Self-discipline, although difficult, while combating negative emotions, should be a defensive measure. At least we will be able to prevent the advent of negative conduct dominated by negative emotion. Once we develop this, by familiarising ourselves with it, along with mindfulness and conscientiousness, eventually that pattern and way of life, will become a part of our own life.”
Our safe survivals depend on nature. Nature strictly follows the law of nature. Nature is very systematic with its law. The day starts with sunrise and sets accordingly to invite night with moon and stars above the sky. Nature is the best example of true discipline to all of us. The perfect nature's law/discipline which controls the earth, the sun, the moon and other planets. Disharmony among the set rules will be disastrous to all of us.
The ancient Hindus insisted on the essentiality of leading a life of restraint. Individual's energies misused without strict control of mind and body. In that case Discipline is necessary for one's moral life. We should remember, — "He alone can command who knows how to obey".
Without discipline there is no way we can control our mind or our senses. The Katha Upanishads explains as:-
“Know the self (atman) as the lord of the chariot, and the body as the chariot. Know the intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses are the horses … He who has no understanding, whose mind is always unrestrained; his senses are out of control, as wicked horses are for a charioteer. He, however, who has understanding, whose mind is always restrained, his senses are under control, as good horses are for a charioteer.” (Katha Up. 1, 3, 3-6)
In our spiritual life discipline is most essential. The spiritual activity needs systemic actions with strict discipline in life. To lead a spiritual life, a constant alertness over the mind is needed.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on spiritual discipline, says, “Certain practices insulate you, yet retain your sensitivity at the same time. This needs training and education. We all have ten fingers and though everyone has the ability, only a few can play the guitar.
Only those few who have learned how to play the guitar or the flute or the trombone can play it.”
A yoga instructor says, “When I work with clients, I emphasise discipline. That is the most important quality in the spiritual, sattvic life.”
"He explains that in each area of our lives, spirituality plays an important role. It influences our outlook and reactions. A non-spiritual person might not engage in seva, or compassion, whereas a spiritual aspirant will consciously strive to express such qualities in his relationships and attitude. This ability is born out of regular discipline, both mental, and physical."
"Discipline works every where. It controls our morals and even our religion. There is no sphere in heaven and earth where discipline does not dominate".
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