Thursday, October 20th, 2016
When people say that someone has “discipline”, they really mean he has the motivation to stick to something. Every single specific action you can take to make yourself do something is motivation. Not discipline.
And that’s why discipline is a myth. It might sound good, but it’s not a useful concept.
When people talk about wanting discipline in their lives, they usually mean they want to be more consistent at something.
If you want to be consistent about something, take the actions necessary to make it a habit. Start small at first, so you can successfully build the habit. Once it’s ingrained as an actual habit (which can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months), you can expand on it from there.
Habits are the key to consistency. Not discipline. Once you’ve built a consistent, positive habit, it’s a wonderful thing. You feel disciplined, and strong, and good, even if you’re a living embodiment of a myth.
Summing-up: If you think you don’t have discipline, you don’t need it. What you need is to commit to your goal or habit and fully motivate yourself.