I copied this defintion from Wikepedia... Also, if the word "self" is placed in front of discipline; does it change the way you view the word? Discipline may refer to areas or bodies of knowledge etcetera that may be found in a university faculty (for example: politics, semiotics, geography, theology, physics, etc.), covering various areas of scholarly and experiential pursuit. Discipline may denote any training intended to produce a specific character or pattern of behaviour, especially training that produces moral, physical, or mental development in a particular direction. Discipline, while often thought to be a coercive mechanism, can be a collaborative process of building consensus regarding accepted behavior within institutions and society. In unionised companies, discipline may be a regulated part of a collective bargaining agreement and subject to grievance procedures. Self-discipline is the ability to manage oneself and one's emotions. Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation, when one uses reason to determine a best course of action that opposes one's desires. Lord Alfred Tennyson comments on self-discipline: "Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead to sovereign power." 'Sovereign power' is cognate with Self-discipline.