I just wanted to make a quick post today about the difference between discipline and motivation. I always hear the words “I’m lacking motivation” when someone isn’t getting work done, and I can’t help but think to myself that those words are complete crap. Don’t get me wrong, I think motivation can be an extremely useful tool for initiating the action you need to take to accomplish your goals, but it most certainly does not help you maintain the work your putting in towards your goals.
Motivation is that small burst of inspiration and energy you get when an idea sprouts within your mind. You immediately get working on the idea and you may even put in a few hours of work initially. However, we all know how this ends: the next couple of days you will slowly become less and less motivated and consequently start to work less and less towards your goal. This is not an acceptable course of action as we know from past experiences. We need some inner power that will keep us going day in and day out.
Discipline, on the other hand, is more of a habitual process that one can develop. Discipline does not rely on small bursts of inspiration and energy, but rather on self-control and strictness with oneself. The idea that motivation leads to getting work done is a myth. Again, motivation is wonderful for getting you started, but it is discipline that will help you keep going and reach achievements.
A great way to start your journey on becoming disciplined is to start forming small habits and working your way up to a rock-solid daily routine. I would suggest starting with one habit at a time. I would also suggest starting your day with a morning routine. By starting small and working your way up, you will never have to rely on motivation again, and become much more productive.