Thursday, April 4, 2013

D is for Discipline

Dawn on the Lake

Ah Discipline!  Talk about a dirty word to an artist.  It’s what makes us different and creative, yet the lack of it is our worst enemy.  Let’s face it we’re dreamers, we’re very opinionated, we generally look at the world in our own eyes and would rather question rules than follow them.

That being said, we do need certain structure in our lives if we are to succeed in our artistic endeavors.  Are you a writer who has been working on a novel for ten years, a photographer with 5,000 photos in a box that need to be sorted or a painter with 100’s of paintings in the attic or basement?  If so, your lack of discipline is your biggest enemy. 

We need to set aside time to write, time to sort, time to expand our craft, time for networking, time for volunteering and time to market our works or you just may be the owner of the greatest novel never read, the best song never heard or the greatest painting never seen.

Late Edit:  I ran across this post and it is exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about when it comes to the ugly things we hate to do and need discipline for. Spunk on a Stick Blog.

Rule #3 Discipline, take a look at your shortcomings, set rules for yourself and start following them.


Laura said...

Another beautiful painting, so peaceful.
I agree, we can't be too disciplined because I think that would stifle our creativity, but at the same time it's needed to get things done.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thank you for linking to my post, Bill.

We have to make discipline a habit. Twenty-one days to a habit, so if we can just hold the routine for three weeks and maintain, we are on our way.

John Wiswell said...

Discipline is a funny thing. Neuroscientific studies suggest a large part of task-accomplishment actually comes from the ability to distract yourself in the correct ways, so that when you deviate it's always complimentary to your goals. So a kid who ought not to eat a marshmallow distracts herself from eating it. Yet in writing, it's almost always about precluding distractions, at least in my case. I have to have music set up, e-mails answered, Twitter closed - to make sure I don't screw it up for myself. Thankfully writing things I love makes this easier, at least on a few days.

Sidonie Helena said...

Discipline is not my strong point! I thought it was interesting what you've written here. Thanks for the interesting 'D' subject :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Diane Wolf always has interesting insights. Discipline isn't easy. Yet I'm inside blogging on a beautiful spring day.

J Keith said...

Absolutely beautiful work!

netablogs said...

Very peaceful painting! I can only imagine how much more I'd accomplish it I was consistently disciplined. I seem to be able to set short term goals towards creating habits (like writing consistently) but then I tend to relax a bit too much after the 30 days, when it should be a habit by then!

Dee said...

That is a very beautiful painting.

I liked that point you made about being the owner of the best novel never read, etc.

I badly need discipline in my life! For now I'll have the discipline to finish this challenge!

Shannon Lawrence said...

That is such a peaceful and beautiful image. You're right, discipline is the artist's enemy. I made a habit then promptly broke it, and have had trouble beginning that again. April is certainly not the month it's going to happen, but May will be my month!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Editor and Publisher Shelly Burke said...

Wise words! I'm working hard on disciplining myself to write and not get distracted!

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