You Need to Be Disciplined to Be Motivated

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out” — Robert Collier

It’s time to jump-start 2016 with a bang. Let’s address the big elephant in the room. How does one become successful? Success can mean a lot of different things. For some, wealth. Others, happiness. Many, power. Perhaps success to you is building your dream company. For others, perhaps being financially independent. No matter what your definition of success is, they all have the same requirements — you need to put in the work, every single day.

Here at Chop Dawg, we are so privileged to hear from some of the most motivated individuals on the planet. These are highly intelligent individuals who truly want to make an impact. Sources where motivation comes from always vary. Some are due to family reasons, others are due to layoffs from previous jobs, others to leave behind a legacy, many because they truly have an idea that can be a game changer. I’ve never found a reason to be motivated that was flawed. It doesn’t matter why you are motivated. It matters that you are. Here is the issue though, being motivated is just not enough to be successful.

If you could become successful at whatever it is that you’re doing by simply being motivated, I promise you, every single person that reached out to us last year at Chop Dawg (which was thousands) would be a millionaire with a very successful company. Of course, that isn’t the case. Why not? The answer is simple. Putting in the work is where people’s motivation tends to stop. Or let’s break it down more simply, they are not disciplined.

Listen, I am not talking about being disciplined as you discipline a child for throwing a temper tantrum. I’m talking about the discipline that goes into perfecting your craft. Becoming the best version of you. Building the greatest company of all time. Being one of the greats.

The issue is that without a great work ethic (and notice how I said great, not just “good”) you will burn out. The motivation won’t last. Perhaps this quote below says it best about how motivation works…

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily” — Zig Ziglar

Successful people know what they need to do to become motivated. Perhaps they remind themselves of their goals. Perhaps they think about where they want to be. Perhaps they look at their wife, husband, children, or parents. Perhaps they look at their bank account. To be frank with you, reasons vary. The thing is, motivation does vary and isn’t sustainable. Being disciplined is.

Think about the top performing athletes in the world, for example, JJ Watt. Do you think he wakes up in the morning, dreading his day, preferring to stay at home, eat junk food, and watch Netflix? No. He doesn’t care if he is lacking sleep, feels like crap, and wants to go back to bed. The second his alarm goes off, he is getting to work. He is running drills, he is lifting weights, he is studying tapes. His life revolves around the game of football.

You see, way too many people that consider themselves “entrepreneurs” truly aren’t. Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle; after all, we discussed this on a recent post that you can read here. You need to be disciplined in your lifestyle to continue improving upon yourself and your business. It doesn’t matter if you feel tired tomorrow. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t catch that one break you were looking for. It doesn’t matter that you are running on three hours of sleep. You need to stick to your game plan, your schedule, your goals, and make it work.

The reason why so many people fail, why they aren’t cut out to be entrepreneurs, is because when the going gets tough, they will break. They aren’t disciplined. They used up their motivation that got them into the game. They are left behind to rot and die. As you begin 2016, don’t just be motivated because it is a brand new year. Stick to your goal. Every single day. Focus on what you need to do. Don’t make an excuse. Don’t give in to being lazy. Put in the work. Be the individual that others look up to. You can do it.


About Joshua Davidson: I build products and grow companies. Founder of Featured on FOX, MSNBC, CBS, Technically, and Mashable. Email me at!