You’re Motivated But Are You Disciplined?

Children practicing musicYou want to get motivated to do something, to make a change. You’ll read or watch something. Perhaps attend a conference and come away “motivated”. Be honest now – you’re “motivated”, but does it move you to action?

Motivation is fleeting, it’s situational, comes and goes. It could last to the end of the week perhaps longer, sometimes a day, or to the end of this article…

Motivation is based on your current situation – how you feel. If you don’t feel like doing it, then you’re off the hook. You don’t have to do it – because you don’t feel like it.

How much more motivation do you need? How about some discipline!

Discipline is a whole different animal from motivation. Discipline is consistent. It doesn’t just “happen.” It’s intentional and it’s repeated – every single day. Discipline doesn’t sound like fun, but it’s how you get results.

Why is it that so often, you don’t do what you know you’re supposed to do? After all you knew what you were going to do in your moment of motivation! But now you feel like it’s too much work, it’s not comfortable and there are other things that you feel need to be done first, are easier to do, more comfortable and then you will do this thing. Conjuring up the discipline to do this thing you know you “should” be doing feels like sacrificing these other things at hand. However, this thing you’re supposed to do happens to be the most important step you could take to move you to what you really want – your WHY. The reason you’re struggling with being disciplined may be because you’ve lost sight of what you really want and therefore take action on a lesser want instead.

A few suggestions:

  • Deeply (re)connect and be clear on what you want – your WHY.  Then it’s not a question whether you like to do things or not it’s a question whether the actions support your WHY.
  • Create an environment that supports what you’re supposed to do. It will help you when you don’t feel like doing something. For example, clean up your office so your work space is not cluttered, turn off your email alerts and other beeps that announce someone else is looking for you to do something for them!
  • Prepare right at the beginning when you have a lot of motivation and you’re excited about embarking on your action. Use that energy to create the best environment for staying disciplined. Motivation is fleeting but a well-designed environment can keep you on track for a long time.
  • Discipline is like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Don’t get hard on yourself if you feel you’re not disciplined enough. When being disciplined becomes a habit, you’ll find it easier to do what you’re supposed to do and achieve the results you’ve been dreaming about.

Knowing you can discipline yourself over and above what feels comfortable increases self confidence. Learning to be more disciplined is about empowering yourself. It’s making a commitment to what you want in your life and your work.

Do you do what you’re supposed to do even when you don’t feel like it?
What are some ways you use to stay disciplined?

I’d love to see your comments below

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