There is Freedom In It, Yet No One Wants It

Chris McChesney declared ‘There is Freedom in the Discipline’ as he gave a stellar presentation on the 4 Disciplines of Execution.

I cheered for FREEDOM, yeah bring it on. That other word, that ‘D’ word, just tied up my thinking. DISCIPLINE! NO thank you. Where is the fun in that?

DISCIPLINE seemed as far away from FREEDOM as day to night, hot to cold, big to small.

DISCIPLINE meant doing what I DID NOT want to do, not just once, over and over and over again. I saw bondage, not FREEDOM.

Given I was in the room to learn from Chris I decided against throwing his opinion out the window. Instead I pondered the statement he made: ‘There is Freedom in the Discipline’.  

As I flashed back through my life, I discovered there was plenty of evidence to support his statement.

I recalled taking piano lessons at age 5. After a few weeks I was mentally done. I begged to quit. Everyday it was pure torture to get me to practice. To make matters worse I had to play meaningless scales over and over and over again. I didn’t want to play scales or practice, I wanted to play the music I liked to listen to but I couldn’t.

Then there was the recital. Ugh! I bet I had to play that one song 8 thousand times. A song I didn’t even like. I was given three to pick from and I picked NONE, I didn’t like any of them. Eventually I was given the song I had to memorize. Mom, please, please let me quit. Finally, at 13 I was FREED. FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST. No more lessons, no more practicing, no more piano, no more daily battles, I had WON MY FREEDOM, or did I?

Fast forward 25 years.

It was an extra special night. The time had come for a private family recital. The kids begged their Dad to go outside and play. He knew what they needed to do and they complied.

Keld’s daughter played the piano beautifully and to think she was only 10 years old. Next his son picked up the violin, at age 12 he was already playing with the local symphony. He played with great technical skill and emotion. WOW as if that wasn’t enough, Keld pulled back the piano seat and before I realized it, I was drawn in. He was a concert pianist , modeling the FREEDOM in DISCIPLINE. He performed from memory a very complex piece and his children knew what his true FREEDOM was.

‘Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.’ John Wooden


Now for the toughest question:

Were they willing to pay the price he paid to have the FREEDOM to play whatever they wanted?


THE FREEDOM truly was in decades of DISCIPLINE.

He received the gift of FREEDOM for the price of daily DISCIPLINE.


Discipline isn’t just an action. It is an action that becomes one with your heart.


What do you really want?

What price are you willing to pay for what you say you really want?

What FREEDOM is lost if you don’t develop the DISCIPLINE?