Though Motivation and Discipline don’t grow on trees, you need to find out where they come from. Life demands so much of us but you can be successful. 

Motivation and Discipline Definitions

Motivation Define

Motivation is “the driving force behind the energy required to complete a task, a lack of motivation will give rise to a lack of driving power behind completing a certain task.”

What is MOTIVATION? definition of MOTIVATION (Psychology Dictionary)

Motivation is not what starts a task. But it is what carries us through toward the completion of the task. 

Discipline Define

Discipline can be defined as “training, especially of the mind or character; . . . punishment; chastisement.” And the verb form of the word means “to train; bring to a condition of order and obedience; bring under control.”

The Wisdom of Self-Discipline — Watchtower ONLINE LIBRARY (jw.org)

Discipline is the training to help control other impulses to accomplish what is most important and beneficial for us. This also involves each one of us honestly acknowledging our weaknesses and doing what is necessary to strengthen ourselves. Stepping stones to strengthen our character.

Others may not appreciate our firmness or sacrifices in a certain matter, but we individually know what we want to become and that we must exercise self-discipline.

Motivation Vs Discipline 

Nick Wignall, “Anyone can feel motivated from time to time but highly motivated people build routines and habits into their lives to generate motivation consistently.”

Building routines and habits are training and bringing under control our life (discipline). And this is what is needed to keep or increase motivation in our lives. 

Motivation and Discipline are not competitors but partners. They work the best hand in hand. 

Discipline vs Motivation

How do Motivation and Discipline affect Performance or Productivity?

The less you physically do the less motivated you are and the less motivated you are less you get done.

That is why especially during the pandemic many persons have felt less motivated. Or when you start your day on a super go-slow your day normally ends very unproductive.

This is why I love being busy, always having plenty to do. It keeps me moving. A ‘body in rest stays in rest.’ Waiting to become motivated is a trap.

An action may result in negative consequences or rewards. Whether the action led to a pleasant experience or a distasteful one it will affect our feelings towards accomplishing that task in the future.

If a pleasant experience or reward resulted, we are more inclined to look forward to accomplishing that task again. 

So the thought of the reward motivates or drives us to get the task done. And to accomplish the reward followed by the task one must start the task.

So it’s a cycle 

Action———>Reward————–>Discipline and Motivation ————-> Action (momentum)

Discipline
Action leads to reward (dopamine) leads to motivation leads to continued action.

Why are Motivation and Discipline important?

Some tasks are just more difficult to accomplish than others. It could be because of bad experiences, bad training on our part, or obstacles posed. 

This is where discipline comes in. We must be determined to exercise self-control to get this task done. 

A well-designed mansion started with one block. A beautiful pearl started as a grain of sand. 

Break up the task into smaller tasks and start with one small part. Designing a schedule for accomplishing activities and taking note of accomplished ones are important. It feeds the reward system of accomplishment and helps track your progress and brings under your control your day or week. 

Where does motivation come from? 

There is a scriptural saying, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

What that simply means is what we say and do is a result of what is within. So Motivation comes mainly from within. To complete any task and get it done the main and most impacting driving forces come from within. 

Yes, rewards can be external factors or extrinsic but those factors are temporary motivational stimulators. To keep motivated one must aim to either identify or develop deep-rooted or intrinsic stimulators. 

Lasting Motivation
Long lasting Motivation comes from within

For me, as a teacher, I have realized my intrinsic stimulator to continue, even if my students are not interested, is my deep love for God; I represent Him in all aspects of my life. I also do it for those same students who will appreciate in time what I taught them. 

I always ensure the quality of my work is to my best. 

Honestly ask yourself, What drives you? 

How to Keep Motivated?

Lack motivation?

Keep the dopamine flowing. How we reward ourselves determines in the long run how we respond to the task in the future.

Motivation
Action leads to reward (dopamine) leads to motivation leads to continued action.

So instead of waiting to become motivated make some action even a small one. Don’t want to do a task? Choose one small aspect of the task and try to do it.

Easier said than done, I know, but those small actions will spark effects of accomplishment or intrinsic reward. 

For example, hate cleaning the bathroom and prefer to do be in your garden? Attach the task you would like to accomplish as the end reward for starting the task of cleaning the bathroom.  

Also, don’t view the task of cleaning the bathroom with disgust and long laboring hours but how pleased you will feel to use a clean bathroom and how comfortable visitors would feel if they were to use it.  

Dwelling on the positive thought of having a clean and well-organized bathroom can be an intrinsic reward and the garden time as extrinsic. 

Continuing to train ourselves to start an activity with small tasks, thinking ahead of the feeling of accomplishments, focusing on the intrinsic reward, and or having an extrinsic reward will get us motivated.; and can keep us motivated. 

But that training is where discipline comes in. Our aim as busy working persons is to increase true productivity.

To Increase productivity one must keep moving to complete tasks; be motivated but to keep motivated one must be disciplined or trained. 

Think about those successful women you know in life. They are truly disciplined, as they have trained themselves despite obstacles to keep motivated to accomplish important tasks. 

Once you see the link between discipline, motivation, and productivity you are well on your way to becoming the best version of yourself. 

Tips on how to increase Motivation and Discipline:

  • Develop intrinsic rewards.

Nothing is wrong with extrinsic or external means of reward, but they do not provide the longevity needed to keep going. 

So you need to ask and keep reminding yourself, what matters most to you? 

  • Track your accomplishments.

Use the free to-do list worksheet to help you start your planning

  • Break up the task into smaller tasks and start with a small aspect of the activity.
  • Design a schedule for accomplishing activities and taking note of accomplished ones. 

Designing a schedule feeds the reward system of accomplishment.

  • Expect setbacks, and don’t give up when you face them.
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