Speaking from personal experience, I recommend not relying on motivation. She’s a very fickle mistress, appearing and disappearing at seemingly random and often very inopportune times. Motivation is unreliable. Use her when available, but don’t rely on her.
Rely on discipline instead. Cold and unfeeling, but if you’re loyal, she will have your back.
Not that life can not still fuck you over. 😉
But… how do I get the motivation to become disciplined?
*looks around in shame*
I’ve been using self-hatred. Not sure I can recommend that though.
On a more serious note: I do know the struggle. Far more intimately than I’d like to. I have noticed though that being disciplined in one area of my life tends to bleed over into other areas. Say, if I regularly go running, that also helps a lot with being more disciplined at studying, doing chores, all kinds of other things. And once I have my routine going and am getting results, the grind does get easier (one might say that motivation kinda falls out sideways of that). A positive feedback loop. The start is always the hardest part for me.
But yes, admittedly it’s not like one can just snap one’s fingers and “Be disciplined!” (similarly: ever tried telling a person with depression “Just don’t be depressed!”? — doesn’t really work that way). It’s not easy. I wouldn’t even necessarily say that it’s easier than being motivated. It’s hard as fuck. But I have found that it’s more reliable than motivation. Motivation is great, but at least in my experience, a far more fleeting substance.
But in the end, this is an internet comment board. It’s not like we’re going to solve the grand question of life here. And as always, “Your mileage may vary.”
Hey, that’s actually pretty good. I’ve been thinking about running, maybe that’ll help.
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/89ef764ae6e01228e6479579baccde0729e24addc674e2f177842c75a8d23b27.jpg Hang this on your wall…
Usually hits me at work whenever time drags.