Chapter 13 - Motivation

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The first and best victory is to conquer self. —Plato, Greek Philosopher

In This Chapter

  • Learn how to improve your motivation and self-discipline through a compelling “Why,” vision, and outcomes.
  • Learn the key pitfalls that work against your motivation.
  • Learn the key factors that influence your motivation.

Motivation is the “Why” behind the goal. It’s your little engine that says you can, when the rest of you says you can’t. It’s also the same force that on a good day can help you move mountains. Motivation is a life-long skill that you can improve through self-awareness and proven strategies. The better you know your own drivers and levers, the more effective you’ll be at getting the results you want in your life.

Then there’s self-discipline: the ability to correct your behavior. (Self-discipline is simply correcting or regulating your behavior for the sake of improvement. Will is based on thinking and reason to create action. Motivation is rooted in emotion.) It helps you get back on course when you fall off your path. When inclined to do otherwise, self-discipline helps you do the right thing in the moment for your long-term benefit. According to Stephen Covey, “Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions.” Self-discipline is a muscle that gets stronger the more you flex it.

Motivation and self-discipline work hand in hand. Motivation can be your initial inspiration. Lose your initial inspiration and self-discipline keeps you going. But to commit to self-discipline, it’s your initial motivation that convinces you it’s worth it.

One of the most important things I realized is that motivation can come from your thoughts, feelings, or your body. You might think yourself into something. You might feel motivated, perhaps inspired by your thoughts. Or your body might motivate you, as a seasoned runner feels the urge to go running. On the other hand, self-discipline is only ever driven from your thinking. Success reinforces your self-discipline. The most important point about self-discipline is that you don’t talk yourself into it, it’s a decision. You simply decide. And how do you decide? Your motivation.

Figure 13.1 Why You Do What You Do

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