In the aftermath of my military refresher I want to share a few thoughts on discipline.
The military wouldn’t work without it.
It has been shown that intelligent people can be commanded to kill in a strictly disciplined environment. When you want to apply external discipline to control your people, you need to be strict but you still need to make the people want to do it themselves.
The interesting question is:
Where does discipline end and self-control comes into the picture?
Not only the military but also our society tries to discipline everyone to behave accordingly. We live in a world of rules and regulations. If you want to succeed you have to pick a target and then have the self-control to keep on the right track.
Self-control is one of the guiding principles in the teachings of Brian Tracy, a speaker and author in self-help and personal success creation. If you’re interested in the very basics of success, here’s a great video of Tracy in action. It’s over an hour so you might want to skip the uninteresting parts.
If you want to succeed, you must have the self-control to do it. As Tracy puts it, you have to stay in line for success.