Motivation and self-discipline – one of them is overrated
Some time ago I ran a poll about what is essential to achieve your goal – motivation or self-discipline. You voted for motivation. Then, a few days ago, I asked you what is one single thing to have to achieve success in life – most of you mentioned persistence.
It is essential to have both motivation and persistence, but one of them is overrated.
When we are planning to do something connected to our life mission, we usually don’t need to motivate or discipline ourselves – we feel a strong internal drive to do it.
But when we have a difficult goal to achieve, which is not directly related to something we love doing, we usually look to motivation. We are searching the internet for motivational speeches, articles or music, but not many of us feel happy to learn about self-discipline.
For me, motivation is like new love – for the first few weeks, we are flying high. Everyone likes this feeling, but after some time it fades away, and we are able to see the real person – but they are not ideal anymore. Thankfully, as we would not be able to find a great partner and build something if it continued forever.
Self-discipline will make you look outside the window, swear under your breath, and take your butt out of the door.