It is said “those who misuse or disregard the words, typically have neither”.

Some life paths require more of both.  Most of our society’s roads are paved and smooth.  Those who’ve chosen these roads are those lacking the principles and character needed to know the meaning of discipline and self-discipline.  Those who have taken the back roads, the path less traveled, will tell you both these words are real and have experiences that give both clear and felt definitions.

Below are Webster’s definitions of the two…


  1. punishment for wrong doing
  2. instruction
  3. training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
  4. a prescribed conduct or study
  5. a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity


  1. correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement

I figure, at a minimum, those who’ve not been exposed to discipline (Def 1), tend to have no self-discipline.  A child who’s parents sheltered and bestowed no boundaries upon, will become an adult with a limited understanding of ethics and character devoid of integrity.  An athlete with no coach to guide them, to implement a focused training regime, will not develop the talents to become a world class athlete.  As it goes with any discipline (Def 4), or chosen field.

Just doing what one desires develops imbalance.  No matter what the desire, whether it be drugs, alcohol, unhealthy food, and even the pursuit of fitness, can lead to an skewed and deprived existence.

Self discipline does not require one to do and seek only what they love.  That is easy.  Easy gets you nothing.

Self-discipline is doing the hard stuff.  The tasks we are not so easily inclined or apt to do.  Taking control of one’s behavior, being accountable for your behavior, and doing the things that need to be done to improve one’s self is the core of self-discipline.

In the modern world, it has become easy to survive with very little self-discipline.  Lacking the self-discipline to seek discipline (Def 3) will not necessarily stop your existence.  But know, what you lack in self-discipline, you will have to pay in some form of discipline (Def 1) at some point.  That lesson can come in many ways, often like a slap to the head…  we learn we are fragile creatures and will be held accountable to our actions.

Adopt the idea that neither exist and you’ll relegate yourself and those around you to mediocrity.

Le Fuil Agus le Smacht.


Developing Self Discipline That Lasts

Le fuil agus le Smacht... With Blood and Discipline. CrossFit Wilmington provides the discipline (Defs 2, 3, & 4). Our members define self-discipline.

Squat  8 – 8 – 8 – 8 – 8
tempo:  3/1/1/0

Push Press  8 – 8 – 8 – 8
tempo: 3/1/0/0

One Arm Rear Lateral Raise  6/6 – 6/6 – 6/6 – 6/6
tempo: 4/0/1/1

Tempo Explained
The first number represents the eccentric phase, when the weight is lowered. The second number represents the eccentric-isometric phase and is the conversion point of the eccentric and concentric muscle action. The third number represents the concentric phase of the repetition which is typically described as the lifting phase. The fourth number represents the concentric-isometric phase and is normally considered as a resting phase of the repetition.

Lateral Raises?  What… are we doing “bodybuilding” exercises at CFW now??  Yes…  but, no.  While these type movements are typically associated with bodybuilding type programs, strength programming use them as supporting exercises to strengthen weaker muscles and give focus to imbalances created by only performing full body and compound joint exercises.

10 thoughts on “Discipline vs. Self-Discipline

  1. Tracy says:

    Yeah Beth!! Rock it out girl!! Great post T!! Going to read it to my Physical Education classes today!! Woohoo!!

  2. No GOOD says:

    Beth…love the GLOVES!!!!!! Oh yeah!!!!!! Great pic! and GREAT POST!!!!! Im pretty sure my standard “Just taser them” answer fits into all defenitions

  3. Brad says:

    Day 1 or 100 days of BURPEES!!! Make sure you signed up on the whiteboard beside the tv set. What a better way to show your self discipline.

  4. Beth says:

    Thanks for the comments.

    I’m not the girl lifting the heaviest weight or the girl losing the most pounds or the girl beating serious health issues. I am the girl showing up. I am the girl enjoying the process. I am the girl loving the CrossFit Wilmington experience.
    -Thank you to the instructors for your calm, assertive leadership… and patience.
    -Thank you to the members for your endless encouragement.
    -Thank you to the girls mentioned above… you inspire me.
    -Thank you to Tony for the education… and for the photo!

  5. t. says:


    The thanks is to you!

    That is one of the best combined comment and compliments CFW has ever received.

  6. Steve Garrett says:

    That’s our Girl! We could not be more proud of Beth! Such commitment. Focused self-discipline. Styrength for life. So awesome! XXO, “MomMa and Daddy”

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