Those lessons that are learned in recruit school ingrain action in your mind that teach the brain the right and safe way to perform a specific task. The specific process to accomplish a task also require you to be able critical think through the process and make a judgement based upon the facts at hand.
Mistakes on the fireground can be costly. Critical thinking is a skill in and of itself where a firefighter is able to discern and make the appropriate decisions. We must learn from our mistakes so they are not repeated. You can’t make that mistake again or it may cost you your life. You must think about what you have learned and realize those actions are costly.
Discipline is not about shortcuts pencil whipping, or not following rules, processes and procedures. Discipline is about doing the right thing for the right reasons in the right way at the right time.
High performing organizations such as fire departments no matter how great the challenge or the field of endeavor, unless the individual is personally disciplined much of the potential will remain just that – potential. Check the record books. There has never been an undisciplined person who was a champion. Regardless of the field of endeavor, you’ll find this always to be true. Individual discipline breeds success. Organizational discipline is a result of clearly spelled out expectations, accountability and appreciation by management and leadership.