Disciplined Ways to Stay Motivated
We are discussing discipline this month and today I have some ideas on motivation. Our topic today is 5 Disciplined Ways to Stay Motivated No Matter What For Your Best Life and it got me thinking if our motivation is directly connected to our discipline.
Before I share my ideas I went and found an article that I feel adds to this conversation and it is titled - Which Is Better: Discipline or Motivation? "These are new and exciting findings. We used to regard self-discipline as a tool to become more motivated. Now, we see that strong self-discipline influences how motivated the athletes are," Jordalen says.
Jordalen also found that the athletes were more prone to burnout if they were driven by extrinsic motivation.
"Showing restraint and being disciplined can be more draining if motivation is fueled by extrinsic factors. This would increase the risk of ending up feeling exhausted and being burned out. If the athletes are driven by intrinsic motivation, it is easier to resist things that would negatively affect their daily schedule. This way, the athletes keep their training in check," says Jordalen.
In my experience, motivation is what's needed to get up-and-running. But, discipline is needed to stay on the right course.
In short, you need both factors to be successful. Here is the source for this article -
So, let me ask you a question before we begin. Do you ever find yourself losing motivation? It happens to the best of us, right? But there are ideas to staying motivated, many of which involve going back to the beginning which is looking at your WHY and at your goals. With some disciplined preparation and clarity in your planning, there’s no reason why you won’t stay motivated all the way through whatever project you’ve set out for yourself.
1. Start with the big picture. What is it you want to accomplish? Having an idea of the outcome of your goal will keep you to stay on track. The clearer the vision (Your WHY), the more likely you are to keep going, even when times get tough. Ask yourself what it is you want to achieve – and then visualize yourself achieving it. The visualization step is an important one here. We tend to perform in the way we expect to. So, if we are not clear on our outcome, we simply don’t get there. By seeing success, you’re more likely to attain success. We wrote a post that will help you clarify your WHY here
2. Now that you’ve gotten the big picture make sure this is YOUR goal. At first glance that statement seems ridiculous – why would you make a goal that isn’t your own? This answer can be found most easily in asking WHY you want to accomplish what you are. If the word “should” comes up, then chances are you might want to re-evaluate what you’re doing. We often set goals because we feel like they’re something we’re supposed to do, and not because they’re something we want to do. You’re less likely to stay motivated when you’re on the path of ‘should.’
3. Next, you’ll want to break those tasks down into something manageable. Now that you have a goal and are sure it’s something you want to do, you might feel a little overwhelmed about how you’re going to accomplish that goal. By breaking it up into smaller pieces, you regain the feeling that you’re doing something possible. Like a pro tip? Celebrate the small successes then as you go. We call this taking the WIN as they come. That will help keep the motivation levels high. As you begin this practice it will take self-discipline to do this. Go ahead and enjoy each WIN along your journey.
4. If you’re still a little overwhelmed, get organized. It might be that you don’t feel prepared to work on this project because you lack the research or supplies. Figure out what you need, and then go about making sure you have the proper tools to get the job done. This is where the practice of discipline is important, so you are staying on track and moving forward. Sometimes we tell ourselves we don’t have the right supplies or must do more “research” before we begin. There is no question that it’s easier to stay motivated when you have what you need to succeed.
5. If all else fails, remember WHY you set the goal in the first place. It could be you will want to practice self-discipline at this point in your journey Look at your previous successes to find the fresh motivation to keep going.
Motivation isn’t something you have to lose as you work on a project. You can keep your self-discipline and motivation levels high with a little forethought and planning. By keeping on track with your goals, you’ll find that motivation will likewise keep on track, guiding you all the way through the job at hand until completion.
Practicing the skill of discipline and motivation will keep you on track to see your goals to the end. We have found this to be true for us and we teach/coach our clients to experience this in their journey.
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