Wow! Have you ever looked up what “discipline” means? There are a LOT of negative connotations about the word. When I am talking about discipline, however, I am referencing the skill of being able to focus and stick to a course of action or routine in order to develop, advance or make yourself better. This usually involves self-control and the ability to stick to a set objective or goal. Discipline is a word used in reference to a “diet”, “work out regimen”, “homework routine”, “doing necessary and good things we don’t want to/feel like doing”, etc. It is a CORE character trait that helps people to succeed and get traction in life. An article written by Ashley Fern on Elite Daily said “The most successful people in life exert discipline on a daily basis. It is vital to every living being and without it, the world around us would be chaos.” (

We used to joke about the US education system and how much of it is really teaching DISCIPLINE. The discipline to sit and listen, follow a routine, follow direction, follow rules and standards, to take an assignment and get it done on time, to work together even with people you might not prefer to be with, to grow in your skill of patience, stick-to-it-ness, etc. Some keys to this are self-restraint, self-control, mental toughness, drive, focus, consistency. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

MANY people struggle with discipline as an adult – here are a few things to help:

  • HAVE A CLEAR OBJECTIVE: have a clear goal and measurable objective
  • UNDERSTAND THE WHY: know why you want to do this and the benefit IF you do it and the COST if you don’t
  • DESIGN HOW: think through exactly what you will need to do, for how long and what tools or support you need
  • PLAN FOR OBSTACLES: remove distractions and temptations that would make it difficult to follow through
  • SCHEDULE WHEN: set time (day and hour) when you are doing this activity
  • REMIND YOURSELF: set a reminder or alarm to help you not forget and keep the task in front of you
  • TEAM UP: find a buddy with the same goal or design accountability to ensure someone else knows you are doing it or not
  • FOLLOW THE PLAN (ACT): it is about doing it, not “feeling” like it. It is quite rare to “feel like” doing something that you need to be “disciplined about”
  • CELEBRATE: plan a reward and way to celebrate milestones of success and achievement
  • KEEP GOING: if you fail or fall down, don’t give up. Just try again. You will get it. That is the art of discipline!


  • Christy Geiger

    Executive & Leadership Coach

    Synergy Strategies

    Christy is an seasoned and certified Coach for executives/CXO, leaders, entrepreneurs and top performers with a truly refreshing and unique perspective. Since 2002, she has worked with over 1000 individuals to break through personal and business barriers to perform at their best. She is passionate about learning, challenging the status quo and helping her clients achieve their desired goals. With extensive background in human psychology, personality and strengths, Christy leads each of her clients to better understand themselves, their clients and their team to increase efficiency and productivity. Over the course of her career, Christy has helped her clients customize their approach to implement strategies which maximize personal strengths and styles, and to break through personal barriers and limitations to perform at their highest. With her approach, Christy has helped solopreneurs, business leaders, and CEO’s to grow start-up businesses or expand their organization into multi-million dollar companies. She has helped businesses and non-profits grow, developed leadership teams, and coached CEOs to leverage both their strengths and weaknesses to transform their leadership styles and that of their organizations. Whatever your goal is, Christy expands internal awareness and insight to break through personal barriers guiding individuals to reach new sales, marketing, or team production. Christy brings over 15 years of personal and professional experience to each of her clients. She has developed teams in the corporate world, earned a Master's degree in Psychology, and is certified in the use of the DISC personality system, Guerrilla Marketing approach and Rule the Room Financial system. Founded in her belief each person has God-given strengths and talents, she also works with those in career discovery, transition and advancement to better understand and leverage their gifts and skills to love their work and place in the world. She grew up in California but has lived on the East Coast (North Carolina), and in the Midwest (Minnesota) and now calls Texas (Austin) home with her husband and two children.