Motivation can help you feel emotionally aroused to do something – to make changes to your life. However, only through self-discipline, you actually accomplish what you dream about.
“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Abraham Lincoln
The problem we experience today is not lack of motivation. But rather, too much motivation.
People fail to permanently change their condition because they are not disciplined enough to embrace the struggle associated with a life well lived.
Many people believe that motivation and discipline are the same thing. They use them interchangeably, thinking that motivation is discipline – and that discipline is motivation.
Motivation is what gets you started. Discipline is what keeps you going.
However, it’s important to note here that the effects of motivation are often temporary.
Extrinsic motivation: Extrinsic motivation arises from external factors.
When you are extrinsically motivated, you’re not particularly enjoying the activity.
Intrinsic motivation: Intrinsic motivation comes from within.
And while intrinsic motivation seems like enough force to keep you going. You absolutely need to combine it with discipline – self-discipline.
Discipline acts as the bridge between intentions and accomplishments. It’s the reason people realize long-term projects and master complex subjects.
The question is, over what period do those actions take place?
For the control group, this time typically spanned the range of a couple of weeks to a couple of years. But for drug addicts, the mean considered future was only 9 days from the present.
When motivated, we often have a shorter temporal horizon. We focus on immediate rewards and outcomes.
In contrast, when we are disciplined, we have a longer temporal horizon. The focus is on delayed rewards and long-term outcomes.
Motivation is the spark that starts the engine, while discipline keeps the engine running.
Habits: We are creatures of habit. Habits either improve our lives or crush them.
Mindset: One key aspect of discipline is your ability to consistently delay gratification.
The interesting thing here is that discipline leads to motivation.
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