The main mistake of those who passionately want to achieve something and cannot do it in any way is that they bet on the wrong “horse”: motivation – well, but without discipline she – nothing. Discipline – here is the dark horse that first crosses the finish line, bringing the rider to victory on his hard-working back. will talk about the most effective weapon in the fight to achieve the goal – discipline and why it is more effective than  motivation.

Discipline and motivation: huh?

Now it's fashionable to be motivated.  And no matter what you want – become the president of a large company, & nbsp; marry your neighbor Kolya or learn to stand on your head – you just have to be motivated. And if sufficient motivation is not found – you won’t see heights in business, you won’t hear Mendelssohn’s march and you won’t delight those around you with cool somersaults. No motivation – no achievements. But is this the only way to the cherished goals? Fortunately not! In fact, there are two such paths:

  • simple - the motivation already mentioned. Replicated, not labor-intensive and, alas, not always effective;
  • difficult - discipline. Not too popular, laborious, but 100% guaranteed success.

What is the difference between discipline and motivation?  Here's what the all-knowing Wikipedia tells us: As they say, feel the difference: on the one hand, "urge", that is, something directly dependent on emotion. On the other hand, "execution", that is, action.

Emotions – it's like the sun in the sky: here it shines, here it hides behind the clouds. They depend on everything: mood, well-being, weather. And motivation, in turn, depends on emotions.  The sun hid, emotions left, the urge to go to the goal disappeared. And a man who has lost all this sits – waiting for the mood to gather new arguments in favor of what needs to be done.

The action is – this is specific: got up, went, did, got what he wanted. And force to act force of will and discipline.

Imagine that you are hanging on the edge of a cliff and a person is running towards you. What would you prefer – so that he would look for reasons to generate an impulse to save you, or that he would instantly perform a noble deed? The answer, I think, is obvious.

Discipline doesn't look for easy ways

The motivational talkers (and it must be admitted that most of them are excellent at oratory) attract crowds to their lectures who are eager to get easy answers to difficult questions. And charged with a huge dose of motivation at a group gathering of motivated (“Hallelujah!!!”), a single motivated unit, having come home, begins (or continues) to revel in its motivation, and after a while, in an extreme degree of amazement, asks: “De money, Zin?!», I mean, where is the result? Why is it not there?

I was motivated in vain? And the unit that motivated itself so stubbornly forgets the folk wisdom that without effort you can’t even pull a fish out of a pond. And there was no work involved. There were only emotions. But they are fleeting – today is, tomorrow is not. This addiction to emotion turns motivation into a product with a limited lifespan.

Particularly advanced people find an excuse, they say, there was no inspiration (here it is – close connection with the emotional component!). But you can wait for it, like the notorious weather by the sea. Bottom line: inspiration did not come, emotions disappeared, but things are still there – the deed is not done, the goals are not achieved…

Discipline – it is a perpetual motion machine. Never let you down and never betray. Because the motto of discipline is an ironclad "must!".

Discipline is another matter. Turned it on once (developed, launched, installed – whoever is closer and more understandable) – works all his life. Discipline – it is a perpetual motion machine. Unfailing friend. Never let you down and never betray. Even under torture. Because the motto of discipline is an ironclad "must!".

It turns out that the motivation – it is the desire to become ready to act, the discipline – it is when a person acts, even if he is unable to act.

By the way, if anyone thinks that motivation – this is a fresh wind of modernity, it is deeply mistaken. Psychologists have been interested in its influence on achieving goals for a long time, and even at the beginning of the last century they came to paradoxical conclusions (adherents of the easy way, tremble!): there is a certain limit beyond which a further increase in motivation leads to worse results. In psychology, this is called the Yerkes-Dodson law. Moreover, the more difficult the task, the lower the level of motivation needed. And vice versa: for solving simple problems, motivation must be powerful.

Which is logical: a person suffering from diabetes and being overweight understands, without excessive motivation, what he needs – yes what is needed. Vital! – strictly adhere to the diet, otherwise you can die. And a person who needs to leave the house in order to buy bread for dinner is well aware that it is possible not to leave, because he definitely will not die if he eats soup without bread. He needs a lot of motivation to go to the store.

So, given the difficult situation that is developing in all spheres of modern life, strong motivation is not needed, but discipline is needed – the one that is iron – and her faithful companion emotional self-control.

What is discipline, to put it simply?  This is the ability to do when you don’t want to do anything, and sometimes you can’t. This is the ability to cope with your emotions (motivation, which, as you know, is closely related to the emotional component, tensed…) and start acting.  To act persistently, step by step approaching the goal.


Discipline opens all doors

To overestimate the importance of discipline in a person's life – and in life for the future – difficult. This really proves the experiment, which was carried out for decades by Stanford University professor Walter Michel. The study involved children aged 4-6 years. Each baby was taken to a separate room with various sweets. The kids were told, “You can eat what you like right away or wait 15 minutes. If you endure, you will get two servings of your favorite treat.

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Only a third of the 600 kids were the owners of sufficient willpower – closest relative of the discipline. On this, the professor did not calm down, after 20 years he turned to his "guinea pigs" and noted with satisfaction that, thanks to discipline, they had developed strong teeth, which allowed them to gnaw the granite of science better than others.

They passed the SAT test (the American analogue of our Unified State Examination) more successfully than their classmates, and later distinguished themselves by great professionalism in their work. But that's not all! Subsequent research has shown that people who grow out of those tough little tin soldiers have a larger frontal lobe of the brain and are less prone to various kinds of addictions. And it's all thanks to discipline!

Research by Walter Mischel, a professor of psychology at Stanford University, shows that people with a high level of discipline show better results in training, professional life, and are also less prone to various kinds of addictions.

Tough modernity requires tough discipline

And again we will return to the present, requiring from the individual – especially in the professional field - not only a good education (preferably two or three, plus a few courses), intelligence, but also emotional stamina. In conditions of multitasking and constant change of priorities, the ability of a person to cope with rapid, sometimes abrupt changes becomes especially valuable. & nbsp; Cope calmly, without emotions. Motivation in this case will swing, it needs time to gain momentum. Discipline, on the other hand, works instantly, like a trigger button.

Motivation: execution can not be pardoned?

So what about motivation? Where to put a comma? Execute her or pardon her? Don't rush into a death sentence. Motivation is still needed. Take action by gathering your will into a fist and pressing the magic button of your discipline. And then, perhaps on the steepest climb, motivation will appear and, with its characteristic emotionality, will paint a beautiful picture of the future that awaits you if you overcome the difficult path through discipline.

A three-minute facial gymnastics will help you cope with negative emotions and cheer you up!

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