What is Self-discipline (Shitsuke) ?

Self-discipline means instilling the ability of doing things the way they are supposed to be done. The emphasis here is on creating a workplace with good habits. By teaching everyone what needs to be done and having everyone practising it bad habits are broken and good ones are formed. This process helps people form habits of making and following the rules.   Self-discipline is important because it reaches beyond discipline. If a person is 'disciplined' to do something at one time there is a chance that he may not be disciplined next time. However, self-discipline guarantees the continuity of a daily routine. The Japanese are a very self-disciplined race: they have one of the lowest crime rates in the world and are well-known as 'obedient' tourists.


Fig. 5a: Good Example of Self-discipline – Keep It Short & Simple (KISS)

Fig. 5b: Bad Example of Self-discipline – Lack of Self-discipline

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