Theo Nault

Motivation vs. discipline

I came across this interesting response to a question posted on a "Get Motivated" forum I follow.  (I'll summarize and clean up the expletives for y'all) 

How do you stay motivated to keep practicing?

Motivation is worthless, it's fickle and unreliable and isn't worth your time.  It is always better to cultivate discipline than to rely on motivation.  Force yourself to practice, force yourself to get out of bed, force yourself to work hard.

Motivation is easy to rely on because it requires no concentrated effort to get. Motivation is fleeting, it comes and goes as it pleases.

Discipline is reliable, motivation is momentary.  The question isn't how to keep yourself motivated, it's how to train yourself to work without it.  

I found this strangely inspiring.  Time to get disciplined!

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