The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that ‘discipline’ means the following:
- [uncountable]the practice of training people to obey rules and orders and punishing them if they do not; the controlled behaviour or situation that results from this training. The school has a reputation for high standards of discipline. Strict discipline is imposed on army recruits. She keeps good discipline in class. Lack of discipline at home meant that many pupils found it difficult to settle in to the ordered environment of the school.
- [countable]a method of training your mind or body or of controlling your behaviour; an area of activity where this is necessary. Yoga is a good discipline for learning to relax.
- [uncountable]the ability to control your behaviour or the way you live, work, etc. He’ll never get anywhere working for himself—he’s got no discipline. Her determination and discipline were admirable.
- [countable](formal)an area of knowledge; a subject that people study or are taught, especially in a university. The new recruits were drawn from a range of academic disciplines.
From now until June 2016, it is all about discipline in everything you do. It’s about having a study plan and sticking to it. Being strict with how you manage your life and time around this study plan and accepting a routine that when abided by will deliver on your end goal. This end goal is achieving the required number of points that will result in you being offered a place on your preferred Third Level Course that in turn results in you realising your ideal profession in only a few short years from now.
All our achievers that we see and witness around us have all had discipline. They had a goal that they wanted to achieve; they set out to design a plan on how to do it and then they stuck to that plan. Your plan is your study plan that has the hours of homework and study at its epicentre. It needs to be challenging, to test you, but at the end it will help you deliver on the end goal.
Know this: Develop the discipline to stick to the plan and in only a few short months you will realise your potential…!