Motivation vs Discipline
There are a lot of problems with simple motivation:
Motivation is fleeting
Motivation comes and goes however it wants. It might not last to the end of the week, end of the day, or even the end of blog post you just read. It’s fleeting.
Motivation is situational
Motivation is based on your current situation. How do you feel? If you don’t feel like doing it, then you’re off the hook. You don’t have to do it – because you don’t feel like it!
But then you don’t do it and you just feel worse and more stuck than ever.
Motivation is everywhere.
Everywehere you go, you see people trying to get motivated to do something, to make a change. They’ll go read something, watch something or attend a conference and come away “motivated.” But that only leaves them “motivated”, it doesn’t move them to action.
“I’m motivated to do this”. “I’m motivated to do that”. Stop being motivated and just do it already! You don’t need more motivation – you need discipline.
See discipline is a whole different animal.
Discipline is Consistent
The consistency of discipline is what makes it discipline. You got out and do it, day after day,
Discipline Is Habitual
Discipline doesn’t just “happen.” It’s intentional and it’s repeated. Every. Single. Day.
Discipline Is Rare
Discipline doesn’t sound like fun, but it’s how you see results.
Motivation is the start, but if it’s not solidified into a discipline, it usually fades away into regret pretty quickly once you realize you never acted on it.