The word “discipline” sounds very rigid to me. I never once thought that I had a high degree of discipline, yet over and over my friends have told me how much they were in awe of my discipline. In fact, that was the first time that I really ever heard that word in a way that made sense to me.
I have never thought of myself as disciplined and believe me, I have blown off many hours surfing the net. In lieu of all that, I have always found the time, or better yet, I have made the time to practice. Never once did I feel like I was having to fulfill anything other than my intense desire to want to get better. I have always seen desire as the cause. It was and still is the reason that I push forward when I would rather be doing something else. Even if it means playing one tune before bed. At least I had my hands on the guitar!
So, desire is much like discipline’s child. Desire gives birth to discipline. However just like a parent, “desire” always hovers over discipline, but in a good way. Desire keeps discipline bridled and well behaved. You have direct access to both and they are there for you. Desire fuels your with imagination with all sorts of wonderful ideas and visions, while discipline affords you the strength to push….even when you feel like quitting. The more you tap into your desire to “get there,” the more inspired you become. The more inspired you are, the easier it is to access discipline. This is a muscle and the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.
Finally, it is here where all 3 intersect. Your technique will get better through constant, consistent, and inspired practice. The more relentless you are, the closer you get to your goal!