Motivation vs. Discipline

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Hello everyone and welcome back to a new post, just in time for back to school/college/university, where I’ll be discussing my experiences with motivation AND discipline….


Two years ago I started college and I could not contain my excitement, it was a whole new era for me. So many changes yet so little time, and now that I look back there are so many things I wish I could change, yet I regret nothing…

One of things I wish I’d realised sooner was how to work, I know what you’re thinking, that’s easy, just do the work and study, end of. For me the hardest thing to do was to start, just starting was a milestone in itself. A very difficult one too.

Nevertheless, I turned to motivation, thinking about having a successful future, buying cute new stationery (something I still do, RIP bank account!) and generally trying to feel pumped about work. And it worked. I was feeling motivated and inspired by getting good grades and reports, the feeling of satisfaction from completing work felt great.

Then I hit a dead end, after weeks and weeks of working I began to lose the work ethic, what was I going to do? How I possibly work without the motivation, that I was so sure I needed? The short answer, I didn’t. That’s right, I didn’t need it.

Soon enough I began to realise that no matter what, I had to get the work completed, I was in full time education, I couldn’t afford not to do the set work. Instead I turned to discipline, I starting working without motivation and just threw myself into it.

And it worked, I finally began to understand that motivation is something you shouldn’t rely on, it’s fickle and comes and goes as it pleases. But discipline was the complete opposite, I trained myself to work, and boy did I work hard!!

In life, sometimes you have to do things you may not want to, and it’s okay not to like doing them. But the bottom line is that you have to, just ensure you make a habit out of it and it becomes a hundred times easier.

“Do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do” – Oprah Winfrey 


-Whenlifeawakens 🙂

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