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  • Writer's pictureRachael Small

Discipline vs. Motivation: The Key to Achieving Your Goals 

When it comes to reaching our goals and staying committed to personal growth, discipline and motivation often play a big role.

Discipline vs. Motivation - an athlete prepares to climb a set of stairs

While motivation may seem like the driving force, here's why discipline is the real game-changer: 

Motivation is Fleeting

Motivation is a passing feeling—it can be strong one moment and disappear the next. Relying solely on motivation can lead to inconsistency in our efforts. So, if we wait for motivation to strike before taking action, we might find ourselves stuck or procrastinating.

The Power of Discipline

Discipline, on the other hand, is about consistency and commitment. It's the ability to stick to a plan or routine, even when we're not feeling particularly motivated.

Building Sustainable Habits

Discipline is all about forming habits that last. Even the tiniest of habits repeated overtime can lead to drastic changes. When we establish a routine and make it a part of our daily life, we rely less on fleeting bursts of motivation.

Long-Term Success

While motivation can kick-start our journey, discipline is what sustains it over the long run. Consistent effort and dedication, driven by discipline, lead to tangible progress and achievement. 

So, how can we prioritize discipline and stop relying on motivation? 

Set Clear Goals

Define your objectives clearly to give yourself direction and purpose.


Create a Routine

Establish daily habits (even the smallest of habits matter!) that support your goals and commit to them consistently.

Stay Committed

Show up and put in the work, even on days when motivation is lacking.

Join Support Groups

Pending your goal, set yourself up to be around like-minded people with similar goals for support and accountability.

There is no argument that discipline is the secret to achieving lasting success. By focusing on building discipline through consistent actions and routines, we can make steady progress towards our goals.


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