The difference between motivation and discipline

It’s an interesting thing this process of change.

Often, the need for change is forced upon us. And, other times, we drive change when we simply get sick of our own shit.

But, the real challenge comes when the honeymoon is over. When your commitment to change wavers. When it gets hard. When the gloss has worn off.

This is the point where we pull out our excuses and justifications about why change can’t happen. Now. Next week or even ever.

I am just not feeling it is a dressed up way of us describing that we have lost our motivation. And, we sit and wait for the motivation fairy to turn up and sprinkle her magic dust.

Here’s what I know.


In the form of self-discipline will beat the Motivation Fairy everytime.

But only if we identify discipline as a form of self love.

For you see, if the goal is to become fitter, faster or better at anything and we identify that this is an investment in self; then it is far more likely that we will find the reserves to make it happen.

Meaning, that if we link the action, the effort to self, then it is done.

Self-discipline. Doing things EVEN WHEN WE DON’T WANT TO is the key to change. Because it serves us. And, the bigger versions of ourselves.

Meanwhile the motivation fairy is waiting in the sidelines with her magic dust.

2 thoughts on “The difference between motivation and discipline

  1. Love this one. Definitely on point 👏👏

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