To hell with motivation! We need discipline!

Full disclaimer: I am not posting this, as someone who already fully incorporated the above mentioned motto in her life. Who am I kidding… hopefully, this post will work as yet another kick in the ass that I need.

A few months ago I stumbled upon a brilliant blogger, Oliver Emberton, and felt absolutely compelled to write a tribute, as soon as I read one of his pieces. Till this day, I am very much under impression thanks to one of his essays in particular, called How To Master Your Life.

The basic idea of it, is that we should live our lives the same way we play the Sims game. Hungry? Go get food! Feeling lonely? Call someone! Need money? Go get a job!

Your sims personality won’t question or overthink your command. It’s not like the virtual you is having a lazy day, being a couch-potato and just can’t be bothered to go to the gym. Whatever you think is best for the sim, he does. Why can’t we make it simple for ourselves in real life as well?

Oliver’s theory is also intertwined with something I’ve been hearing a lot lately:

It’s not about waking up and thinking whether or not you will have motivation today to do something. It’s about having discipline and a regimented lifestyle. Motivation is a fleeting thing. You can’t rely on it. With discipline you develop habits that define you in the long run.

Even though it’s nice to rant and discuss, I am definitely someone who struggles with the practical side of these simple truths. Not losing hope though.

What do you think? Is discipline more important than motivation?

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6 Responses to To hell with motivation! We need discipline!

  1. Joe James says:

    Hey, I nominated you for the Daydreamer award! All of the details are in this post if you are interested 🙂


  2. Seb says:

    Every day you don’t do something productive, I will be hit by a car going at 40 mph. Get to work.


  3. Discipline is important especially at the start, then in order to achieve something or carry on one needs discipline. Without motivation discipline is pointless and arid, but motivation without discipline will achieve nothing. One needs both.


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