Motivation vs Discipline

What is Motivation?

Motivation is the driving force, desire or want that stimulates a person into action.

What is Self-Discipline?

Self-discipline is the ability to control and motivate one’s self and keep on track with your goals.

Difference between Motivation and Self-discipline

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Motivation is the why you do what you do. It is the reason behind your actions and can be a great driving force. Discipline is what you do, the actions you take to reach your goals. It is based on will rather than emotion and allows you to perform actions even when you do not feel like it.

Both motivation and self-discipline play a role in achieving your goals, they help each other out but in different ways.

The goal is what gives meaning to motivation and discipline is what gives meaning to the goal.

For example, my goal is to become a blogger that shares meaningful, personal development content to my readers and to develop my writing abilities. That vision I have of myself is what gives me the desire to start, giving meaning to that goal. However, discipline is what helps me achieve that goal. It is me sitting at my desk writing this despite feeling tired.

The Importance of Motivation and Self-Discipline

Motivation provides us with the initial inspiration to set a goal and self-discipline ensures we take the necessary actions to achieve the desired outcome. Thus understanding this difference will have a great effect on you manage your productivity.

In order to get the most out of motivation and self-discipline, we need to create habits that will allow us to achieve our goals:

  • You have to decide what you want to do.
    • Ask yourself questions? What is the goal? What do you want to change? What do you want to do?
    • Listen to yourself. Figure out what you desire. Let your emotions guide you.
  • Determine what steps you have to take to achieve that goal and create habits to assist.
    • For example, if you want to start a blog but you can not seem to find the time to write, you may decide that you need to wake up earlier in order to achieve that. You decide that you want an hour every morning. Let the desire to blog motivate you to start waking up 15mins earlier every day to brainstorm and increase that time until you reach an hour.

Remember the key to developing a new habit is to start small, acknowledge your progress and reward yourself for each accomplishment.

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