My own discipline has the ability to impact others. But not if my intention is to make an impact. My discipline must have a selfish intention. One where I am looking to do the work for myself.
In my annual evaluation this year my boss asked me to write out my leadership and management philosophy. My approach to these is based on the ensemble work I did in theatre, primarily improv. One of the benefits of working in an ensemble are the close relationships built while doing the work.
When I see others perform at their best I also want to perform at my best. When they are dragging and performing at a lower level then typical it can also affect my performance.
I am affected by those I surround myself with, becoming an average of them.
Often I lose sight of what I’m capable of until I see my peers perform and create great work, pushing me to be my best. My discipline is not just my discipline, but belongs to the groups I’m a part of. My family, friends, and colleagues.
There is an educational philosophy where students will fit into whatever expectations are given to them. I used to think this was all mental, like the power of positive thinking. But expectation is built by example and communication. The expectations I have for myself, the standards I hold myself to, and the choices are I make are more than just good thoughts, but habits I develop over time.
They are my discipline and my practice.