First of all, I've always had a problem with the word discipline as I translated it to my language many times, but without understanding its real meaning.

Now I have this text:

If you were to fault yourself in one of three areas, which would it be: (1) the inability to prioritize; (2) the inability or desire to organize around those priorities; or (3) the lack of discipline to execute around them, to stay with your priorities and organizations?

Please, what does discipline mean? I can't understand that sentence without it.

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    Will power or strength of character to act on and follow the principles you say you believe in. – Yosef Baskin Feb 7 '17 at 18:57
  • And what language is that? – Lambie Feb 7 '17 at 19:22


  1. Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.
  2. Self-control


In this context, I believe the statement

the lack of discipline to execute around them, to stay with your priorities and organizations

is referencing the concept that one lacks the self-control or training required to stick by one's priorities and organizations.

So, one is able to prioritize and organize those priorities, but is does not possess enough self-control or will-power required to stay with them.

  • Or maybe "willpower ", which is very close to "self control " anyway. Sorry Yosef Baskin, I missed your comment! You said it first but this comment, once started, seems indelible. – user218421 Feb 7 '17 at 19:03
  • @Chiron I like willpower as another view of it. – Hank Feb 7 '17 at 19:03
  • This question is more suitable for ELL (if indeed it is not general reference). – Edwin Ashworth Feb 7 '17 at 19:58
  • I think the OP knows the definition of the word, but lacks the simple understanding of it's meaning used in the example. While it may end up being a ELL issue, I don't think it necessarily has to be migrated. – Hank Feb 7 '17 at 20:01
  • I got in trouble here at ELU at some point for answering questions that were not well posed. I was scolded, in fact, and not very nicely. I will try not to do the same. The problem with this question is that the OP didn't show what research she had done, and didn't explain what she was confused about. When this happens, the preference here on ELU is that the OP be asked via a comment to improve the question -- before providing an answer. (Some OPs wander off and don't improve the question.) For more info, see meta.english.stackexchange.com/q/9761/112436. – aparente001 Feb 8 '17 at 4:59

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