Of Discipline and the Other Side of the Wall

“There are four kinds of people in the world, Ms. Harper. Those who build walls. Those who protect walls. Those who breach walls. And those who tear down walls. Much of life is discovering who you are. When you find out, you also realize there are places you can no longer go, things you can no longer do, words you can no longer say.” – P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe

The discipline to carry on and keep moving forward despite obstacles is one of the things that get things done. It helps you stick to a goal regardless of how boring or tough it may get at times. To succeed at anything, you need to improve self-discipline and integrate it into your daily life. The other side of the wall for you could literally or figuratively take you to a new path. And the only way to get past the proverbial wall is to work your way over, through, or around it. To develop the self-discipline to do that is discipline at work. And when you take on the challenge, you prepare yourself to become better at dealing with life’s many surprises and difficulties.


Develop self-awareness. To improve self-discipline, you need to assess problem areas in your life that would require some adjustments or changes for the better. Reflect on what aspects of your life are lacking in self-discipline. Gaining more insights about your thoughts and behaviors can help you address whatever it is that hinders you from being more self-disciplined.

Practice big-picture thinking. Think about your long-term goals and how your current lack of self-discipline can affect your chances of achieving them. Focus your mind on the big picture. Realizing how current behaviors can influence your life, in the long run, can propel you to effect some changes in your life to improve your self-discipline.