Bruce Lee recognized that motivation was simply a spark, the best starting point we have in prompting change. However he knew motivation wasn't nearly enough, it wasn’t reliable.

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Why do you need motivation if you have discipline? Which do you feel is more important, Motivation? or Discipline.

Motivation; the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
Synonyms; enthusiasm, drive, ambition, initiative, determination

Discipline; The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior.
or The controlled behavior resulting from discipline.
Let's look at a few of the synonyms to disciple; control, training, teaching, instruction, regulation, direction, order, authority, rule, strictness

When the average person awakes each morning, which do they focus on needing the most to make it through the initial stages of beginning the day? Motivation, or Discipline? For most it's motivation. Motivation drives you to hit the snooze button 13 times before you're finally 'motivated' enough to get out of bed and now rush on very limited time to get prepared. Now you're ready to begin the day, but you feel like shit... tired, and sluggish... but regardless of how you feel things need to get done.. So to make these things happen you tell yourself you need motivation, so you spend a little while searching for it... maybe it's starbucks? so a venti later you find yourself slightly on edge, and 'maybe' motivated... or is it just unusually energetic? There's a big difference. Something happens! Bad news? didn't meet a goal? Maybe just an argument that's thrown off your "motivated" mood... what happens now? You're angry and obviously not feeling motivated, which means you're definitely not being productive. It's okay, it'll pass, and soon you'll find yourself motivated enough again to try this all over, after all. It's only a day... until it becomes YEARS later, and ALL that has ever changed were the days, and a roller-coaster of "fleeting motivation".

Motivation often leads to a very high build up of feeling and excitement, ultimately fading into an eventual physical let-down. A person can allow their motivation to become so strong that it trumps the reality of the intensive processes involved in their goals. Relying on motivation to move you into change is the fastest way to experience the opposite of what it is that you desire.

Bruce Lee recognized that motivation was simply a spark, the best starting point we have in prompting change. However he knew motivation wasn't nearly enough, it wasn’t reliable.


What moved him beyond motivation? Habit. First, he created his habits, then he allowed his habits to recreate him.

he knew this sudden feeling wouldn't last. Instead he capitalized on the burst of intense feeling it gave him, then persistently tailored his habits in a way that supported the direction he was moving towards.




It's not the smartest people who reach success, it's the people who procrastinate less, make fewer excuses as they take actions everyday towards the goals that they want to achieve

It's not the motivation you've had that determined where you are, or what to go, it's the habits you form and discipline you constantly enforce to ensure you're following your plans to get there.

Don't focus on the goals, just focus on the habits needed to reach those goals!
You want to be a great writer? Don't focus on writing an NY Times best seller, focus on making a habit of creating great content that reflects the type of writer you see yourself becoming. If your goal is to win a fitness competition, or even simply get in shape. Don't focus on the gains, just the habit of being active daily and making better choices and actions that reflects the type of lifestyle you see yourself living.
Motivation isn't what get a champion out of bed everyday, it's habit and discipline. The strength and will involved towards pushing yourself daily towards your dreams are TOUGH, and it takes work. As with any problem, it appears tough in the beginning, and it's motivation that urges you to initial want to attact it, but when that motivation steams out, and it's only you... it's discipline and habit that carries you through to the end.