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The word ‘discipline‘ is derived from the Latin word ‘discipulus’ which means to learn. Discipline is the ability or the quality of a person by which he controls his personal feeling, emotion and behaviour. It is the ability of self-control and self-direction. The word ‘discipline’ means a training that produces obedience or self-controlled behaviour in a man.. In every walk of life, discipline is of supreme importance. In simple words, a system where actions are controlled by certain, almost fixed rules, is called ‘discipline”.

The whole universe exists due to discipline. It is the disciplined revolution and rotation of the earth, which gives us season, day and night. Our physical existence is possible only due to the great discipline in the external nature. Even our life abides by strict discipline. Our growth is determined by the disciplined development of our body, consisting of limbs and organs, etc. The famous American poet Robert Frost said, ‘Life is tons of discipline”,

Discipline is considered the most important virtue of life. It not only shapes a man’s personality, but also moulds it. It is of great importance for a student. Since life of a student is said to be a period of learning and grooming, he/she needs to be sincere, dedicated, firm, hard working and focussed on his/ her goals. He/She needs to be very punctual in his/her routine and studies. He/She should always be ready and active in various other extra-curricular activities. He/She should learn how to face difficult situations and how to win them over. He/She should remain active and smart. And to do all these things, discipline is a must.

The superior demand of discipline is self-control and dedication. One who cannot control himself cannot control others. It needs to be practised from childhood. It cannot be developed overnight; rather it takes time and patience. The true essence of discipline lies in our adopting this virtue at will and not by coercion. Life without discipline is just like a ship without a rudder. It is necessary for the development of other virtues.

Today, a quick look around us will show how our society has come into the grip of chaos and confusion everywhere. Lack of discipline in our lives is the primary cause of all these. Our cricket team lost an ODI series against New Zealand in January 2014. More than the dismal performance, the reason, as we all know, was the lack of discipline among teammates. Even the burning issue of today, “Global Warming” is a result of the indiscipline in human activities. Thus, discipline is one of the essential qualities required for social living. Without discipline, there can be no law and order. Without it, our life is utterly chaotic and miserable.

The indisciplined man is a slave to the illusions of the modern world. He entertains dreams on a large scale, but the reality of his existence is sordid. On the other hand, the disciplined man is a free man. His judgement is sound, because he is trained and experienced in responsible judgement. His means are independent. The essence of self- discipline lies in doing the important thing rather than the urgent thing and it will make the man successful.

Discipline has got immense usefulness for us. Discipline leads to success. Reading in a masterly way can make us the master of that subject. Hard work in a disciplined way can take us on the path of success.

It demands of its officers loyalty to the country, a spirit of fellowship and a readiness to cope with an emergency No army can fight successfully without discipline. A disciplined life gives us health and happiness. The German writer and playwright, Carl Zucknayer, said, “One half of life is luck; the other half is discipline and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with luck.” Thus we find that discipline is necessary in every place and every sphere of life. We should learn this habit in our childhood itself. It is the backbone of life. There are friends who try to infuse us with the spirit of discipline; on the contrary those who lead us into indiscipline are our enemies.

Discipline is the key to all success. It plays a major role in building a nation. So, if we want to make India great, we must be disciplined in our pursuits. Roy 1.. Smith has rightly remarked, “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.”

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