“Motivation gets you going, but discipline keeps you growing”
I saw this quote by John C. Maxwell the other day and it kept swirling through my mind for the past few days.
I’ve been frequently asked “how do you stay so disciplined?” – When swimming in the cold water, or going to the gym early in the morning. I find it difficult answering this question. Because I don’t really think about it – I just do it. Why? Because I feel better afterwards. I feel like it’s healthy and that it helps me get more out of my day. But that’s just how I feel.
Today we dove into the world of motivation, willpower, perseverance and discipline to find out the difference and what discipline really is. We also give some simple tips to develop more discipline and get more out of your day.
There is some confusion about the differences, well at least with us. Is perseverance the same as discipline? In our opinion, “perseverance” has a somewhat negative connotation: keep pushing, regardless of the consequences. Discipline has more to do with the bigger goal, purpose in our opinion. With organization and focus.
Is willpower the same as motivation? Willpower is something you need, to do what you don’t really want to do, just like perseverance. While if your goal is really rewarding and meaningful, motivation usually comes naturally. And with it, the discipline to finish it. If you really do what inspires you, you usually don’t need willpower. But what exactly are the differences?
Willpower: The ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals. The capacity to override an unwanted thought, feeling, or impulse. (source)
Motivation: The term “motivation” describes why a person does something. It is the driving force behind human actions. Motivation is the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. (source)
Discipline: Discipline is the quality of being able to behave and work in a controlled way which involves obeying particular rules or standards. (source)
Self-discipline is broadly defined as conscious control that is oriented towards successful outcomes by overcoming obstacles or impediments (source: Zimmerman & Kitsantas, 2014)
Perseverance: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. (source)
What do motivation and discipline have in common? They are both related to the WHY. They focus on long-term results rather than short-term pleasure. Motivation is often fleeting and exciting. It comes and goes, just like thoughts. It gives a drive to start something but says nothing about finishing it.
This is where discipline comes in.
When you are disciplined, you don’t have to wait for the moment of inspiration to strike.
Discipline is all about doing what you need to do.
Even when you have less motivation – discipline makes you move forward and keeps you going. Discipline requires organization, planning and self-control. It increases focus and productivity.
Sometimes it seems that some have discipline and others don’t. Is this correct? No, discipline can be trained.
Today we share 5 simple tips to be more disciplined.
We hope that these tips are useful for you! Do you have more tips & tricks to develop more discipline? Let us know and we’ll add them to our list! Remember, your dreams and goals are the starting point, but discipline is what keeps you going until you achieve your goals and dreams!