Motivation is Fleeting; Discipline is Lasting

Motivation, when you have it, you feel unstoppable; when you don’t, it can lead to feeling like a total failure. Many people rely on motivation to take action on their dreams and goals. It’s great when it shows up but when it flakes on you, you’re left feeling defeated and deflated.

So what do you do? You try to pump yourself up, try to get yourself motivated by turning on some music or by watching motivational videos like this one:

The Pattern

Perhaps it works and you’re motivated enough to take action again… until the next time to take action comes around and you’re back to being unmotivated again. So what do you do? You try to motivate yourself again and you repeat this process a dozen times until one day, these motivation methods stop working. You get tired of the songs, you words in those motivational videos are no longer enough to light that inner flame inside of you. You decide to delay taking action until tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and you’re still not motivated so you push it out another day. Next thing you know, you feel like a quitter, a failure.

Enough time passes and all of the sudden, you get motivated again and decide to get back on track. Just like the first time, the first few weeks is great because you’re highly motivated but after some time, the same thing happens again, when you needed that motivation, it wasn’t there, and so give up once again.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Motivation is great when you have it but it’s fleeting, it can’t be relied on. We’re talking about the success or failure of reaching your dreams. You can’t leave it up to something that may or may not be there when you need it. Would you rely on a friend who has a long history of being unreliable to show up on time every time you need them?

If you want to be successful, throw away the belief that you have to feel like taking action in order to take action. Instead, adopt the “no matter what” mentality.

No matter what, you get it done. Don’t feel like it? Tough shit, get it done anyway. At the end of the day, you either did it or your didn’t, it doesn’t matter what the excuse is.

Take Control

If you’re serious about being successful, then need to take total control of your thoughts and actions. That voice in your head, the one that tells you to take action later and comes up with a million excuses of why you should just procrastinate, you need to shut that damn voice up and tell it who’s boss. You’re in control, no one else.

When you’re in control, you take action whether you feel like it or not. This is called discipline. When you develop the discipline to get things done, things that are necessary in the achievement of your goal, success will only be a matter of time.

At first, creating that discipline will be difficult. You’ll only have your motivation (when it’s there) and your will power to help you. As times goes by however, that self discipline you’ve been building will get stronger and stronger. The stronger it gets, the less motivation and will power you need.

You’ll eventually get to the point where taking action becomes a habit, a part of your daily routine. When taking action is as routine as taking a shower or eating lunch or brushing your teeth, life will become easier.

Make It Easier

There are people who are successful and make it look easy. They don’t seem to have the same struggle as many other people do. Why? Because taking action is no longer a struggle for them. They’ve developed habits that support their goals and dreams. For them, it’s a nice boost when motivation shows up but they don’t need it; they get their shit done no matter what.

Then there are those who constantly struggle and complain. For them, taking action is inconsistent and it shows in the results they’ve created. The lack of progress gives them more reasons to not take action and they end up failing.

The Decision is Yours

If you want your life to change, you need decide once and for all that enough is enough, that from here on out, you’re taking control and that no amount of excuses and whining and bitching and complaining your mind does will stop you from accomplishing your goals and reaching your ultimate dream life.

Think about it, failing due to the lack of action is basically like saying you failed because you didn’t feel like succeeding.

To create success in life, forget how you feel. In terms of taking action, become a machine. Day in, day out, the work gets done, period.

This is what it takes to become successful and if you don’t think you can handle it or want to handle it, then either you don’t want your dreams badly enough, you’re too scared, or you simply don’t care.

If you don’t want your current dreams badly enough, choose a different dream, something that excites you. This might mean you’ll need to dream bigger or in some cases, dream a bit smaller so you can actually believe it’s possible.

If you’re too scared, realize that you’re going to fail if you don’t try, it’s a guarantee. At least by going for it, you’ll have a chance. You’ve got one life to live, it’s now or never. Either you go for it and accept a life of mediocrity.

If you simply don’t care, then either you’ve completely given up at some point in your life, you’re satisfied with your life, or you don’t believe success is possible for you.

If it’s a belief thing, then you have no idea just what you’re capable of accomplishing. Test your limits before you define them.

Bottom Line

Motivation is nice to have but it can’t be relied upon. Work on developing the discipline of taking action and you’ll discover why success no longer has to be a mental struggle.

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