If you’re familiar with this blog, you’ve likely seen me discuss discipline and motivation before. One of the most popular articles I ever wrote was actually a short piece on the subject (see here). Yet, even popular articles eventually become distant memories as new content is delivered online. Unfortunately, much of that content has little to do with discipline. As mentioned recently, discipline isn’t something that can be packaged and sold. Thus, don’t expect it to ever receive too much attention. That doesn’t mean I can try though.
Discipline > Motivation
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Motivation is overrated. Discipline is far more powerful and reliable over the long haul. To be successful, you must be disciplined enough to grind even on those days when you don’t want to do anything. That’s what separates winners and losers.
Have a listen below and feel free to share your own thoughts and comments on my Instagram page.
Long time readers of the site are probably starting to think that I sound like a broken record. Apologies if that is the case. The topic of discipline over motivation is one that I take quite seriously however. More people need to hear the message instead of wasting time trying to create short bursts of motivation that will only be short lived.
While I clearly favor discipline over motivation, please don’t misinterpret my message. I am not here to suggest that I’ve never felt motivated. I’m also not suggesting that I dread my work each day and rely exclusively on discipline. That is not true, nor is it the point of this entry.
The real message that I hope to convey is that motivation won’t last forever and is not a reliable long-term investment. It can crash faster than the stock market. With that in mind, it should not be something that you depend on to move forward. Instead, start cultivating habits to improve your discipline, thus improve your productivity regardless of how you feel.
Your future self will thank you.
“Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.” – Mike Tyson