Discipline or Dancing…You Decide


Today I wanted to write about discipline but when I looked up the actual definition on m-w.com it didn’t sound very inspiring. So I am going to tie it into another significant D word. Here is the definition of discipline.

a :  control gained by enforcing obedience or order

b :  orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior

  c :  self-control


How many times have we said or heard, “I need to be more disciplined about __.”?

I’ve said that about writing, eating better, exercising, and side projects like making jewelry that I was hoping to make some money off of or at least make as presents.

Perhaps the reason I have been having so much trouble “being disciplined” is because it doesn’t mean what I thought it meant. Control gained by enforcing….blech!

So I sat in front of my laptop for a few minutes trying to figure out something promising to say about discipline when I decided to revert back to “dancing”.

The idea that at I was originally contemplating is how easy it has been to excel at dancing because it’s generally something I look forward to doing and have always been focused on getting better at it. I didn’t have to enforce obedience or order to do it.

I have been motivated because there are people whose dancing I admire and I so I always have an image before me of what I want to obtain. I also have lots of equally obsessed dance friends for moral and social support. If anything, I have had to practice self-control for the opposite reason, to be accepting of things that get in the way of dancing like things that preempt dance class, injuries, and other interests.

I suppose the take away from all this is if we’re having a hard time being disciplined about something maybe we have to rethink our approach and consider what motivates us.

This blog post is part of the April 2016 A-Z  Challenge which involves writing a blog post every day (except for Sunday) with a theme based on the letters of the alphabet (April 1-A, April 2-B, etc.). I will be focusing on wellness. 

You can click here to find other participants. Please feel free to leave a link to your blog with your comments so I can visit you too.

If you’d like to know more about line dancing you can visit my website at http://cherrieali.wix.com/linedance.

Published by Cherrie Ali

I live in Miami and I enjoy writing, traveling, dogs, and geocaching.

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  1. Cherrie,

    I think you hit the nail on the head! 🙂 Discipline with motivation will be not only an easier pill to swallow but and entirely enjoyable endeavor. I think I will have to look at somethings from the motivation point of view instead of the pure discipline perspective.

    Great post!


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