Discipline is the ability for an individual to have self-restraint and to behave and practice in a strict, controlled manner.Whilst discipline is an action, it starts with a decision in the mind and can therefore be positively encouraged and influenced. In sport an athlete needs to be disciplined in the technical, tactical, mental, physical as well as lifestyle areas of development.
According to Johnny Lewis,” be 100% disciplined and you have a good chance of success. Without it, you will never reach great heights whether in business or sport.”
Ron Barassi talks about self-discipline amongst the team on the field, ”a lack of self-discipline can cost the team a game. In the end, it doesn’t matter unless everyone in the team shows this quality of self-restraint”.
The same is true of lifestyle choices, according to Ric Charlesworth; a young athlete must have a disciplined approach to lifestyle and training. Inefficient habits and practices must be changed.