Is There a Relationship Between Freedom and Discipline?
Yes. The relationship between these two seemingly opposing forces is one that is strong and interdependent. Often in the quest for freedom people will shun discipline. They believe that being disciplined somehow restricts their freedom. This couldn't be further from the truth. Having discipline of your mind and time brings freedom to you in so many different ways. It takes discipline to achieve the life you want to lead. It is discipline that gives you the "freedom" to take care of yourself and your family on a level that you desire and of which you can be proud. It allows you to live the life you want to live. Discipline frees you from much frustration as you break the cycle of trying and then quitting and then trying again. There is a difference between trying to decide to do something and deciding to do it. If you try to quit smoking the opportunity to fail is already implied. If you on the other hand say I no longer smoke then the discipline of your mind will free you from the habit.
Studying, Training, Discipline and Freedom
Any area of study is improved by discipline. To study in a particular area is often called a discipline. Whatever you undertake in life if you intend to succeed you will succeed better and faster if you are disciplined in your approach. The more disciplined you are in any area of study the more success and freedom you will have to achieve and enjoy the fruits of this area of study.
Discipline and Freedom in Everyday Life
In everyday life the benefits of living a disciplined life is far reaching and rewarding. One of the greatest rewards being freedom, to live the things you most believe in. To live your beliefs gives your life a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. To constantly fail to accomplish the things you set out to do leaves one drifting, dissatisfied and unfulfilled. You need only to learn to structure your life and discipline your mind around the things that you desire for your life. Accomplishing things in your life doesn't just happen because something inspires you for the moment. No, it takes discipline, but once you learn to discipline your mind and time then achieving things in your life becomes so much more accessible. It may seem that focusing and being disciplined takes away your freedom because you can't just procrastinate. Well it's true you do have to be focused and you can't live a life centered on laziness or procrastination, but it also teaches you to be clear of mind and helps you to accomplish much more in much less time. Discipline frees up your time to be truly leisurely, leisure time free from frustration or guilt because you know you should be doing something you haven't yet done.
Luxury is not the freedom to not have to do anything, but the freedom to enjoy the environment you create from doing something.
Many people are always busy and not lazy at all, but they do not accomplish the things they would like to because they lack focus and discipline. Discipline requires the mind to decide what it is you really want to do and then a plan that will accomplish these goals. It eliminates the flitting from one thing to another that simply wastes time and energy.
The difference between wanting to do something in your life and actually doing it is discipline. If you just talk about or wish you could do something it will never happen. If you waste your energy doing, accomplishing nothing, you will end up in a cycle of frustration of starts and stops and failures. Lack of discipline does not make your life easy and relaxed like you may be tempted to believe, rather it steals your time and your ability to achieve the things you want.
What is Freedom Really?
Freedom is not the same as having no direction, responsibilities or no limitations on your time or energy. Freedom is about choices and decisions you make for your life and the having the discipline to see those...