Motivation

3 Steps to Better Self Discipline [VIDEO]

3 Steps to Better Self-Discipline

What we’re lacking in the world isn’t sources of motivation—it’s self-discipline. Motivation is fickle and requires constant attention. Discipline is reliable and becomes a way in which you lead your life. Follow these 3 steps to improve your self-discipline and keep moving forward!

3 Steps to Leading a More Disciplined Life.

3 Steps to Leading a More Disciplined Life.

Motivation can be powerful for short term spurts of high intensity productivity.  Discipline, however, is the key to long term success.

Motivation is fickle and requires constant attention.  Discipline is reliable and becomes a way in which you lead your life.

What we’re lacking in the world isn’t sources of motivation—it’s self-discipline.

Type in “motivational video” into Google and you’ll get upwards of 13,000,000 results!  And I’ll be the first to admit that most of the videos are incredibly motivational!

The problem is that motivation wanes fairly quickly and it is weak when challenged.

All it takes to throw off a persons motivation is a slight loss in sleep; a hungry tummy; an endless social media timeline; a phone call; a comfy bed…  We’ve all been there.

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“Motivation is so important.  In fact all human action can be seen in terms of movement, and the mover behind all actions is one’s motivation.  If you develop a pure and sincere motivation, if you are motivated by a wish to help on the basis of kindness, compassion, and respect, then you can carry on any kind of work, in any field, and function more effectively with less fear or worry, not being afraid of what others think or whether you ultimately will be successful in reaching your goal.  Even if you fail to achieve your goal, you can feel good about having made the effort.  But with a bad motivation, people can praise you or you can achieve goals, but you still will not be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds: your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.  Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~ Patanjali, Indian Philosopher

New Year—Renewed Motivation! But Don’t Count On Motivation For Long…

New Year—Renewed Motivation! But Don't Count On Motivation For Long...

One of my goals in 2016 was to read 50 books.

…I had the same goal set for my New Year’s resolution in 2014 and 2015 and fell short both years.

After I fell short in 2014 by reading 32 books, I felt my competitive side coming out and I distinctly remember feeling an increase in motivation going into 2015.

I consider myself to be a pretty competitive person and the fact that I was feeling motivated from the start of the new year and driven to beat my personal best left me feeling quite confident.

When I finished 2015, not only did I fall short of my goal of 50 books but I fell short on the number of books I read in 2014 – reading 30 books.

…That’s when I knew I had to take a deeper look because otherwise 2016 would be nothing more than a repeat.

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How To Bring Motivation To Life—An Exploration of What Makes Motivation Real.

How To Bring Motivation To Life—An Exploration of What Makes Motivation Real.

Why do I wake up at 6am when I don’t have to be at work until 10am?

Why do I go to the gym and train every weekday morning when I could just train at night when I’m teaching Martial Arts classes?

Why do I read and write rather than play video games and watch TV in my spare time?

These are the questions that I reflected on this week as my sister asked me a simple, yet very complex, question for a project she was doing for school:

“…What moves you?”

What’s the fuel source that continues to provide my spirit with what it needs to keep moving forward day-in and day-out?

And the more I thought about it the more I realized that I am (and we are) majorly motivated (and de-motivated) by the people we surround ourselves with in life.

Just like Chris McCandless realized at the end of his journey in the book Into The Wild: “Happiness is only real when shared,” so too did I realize that: Continue reading

“When we’re plagued with self-doubt or a lack of motivation, we can breathe in the inspiration of others. Seek out the passion that other people have for their work, the compassion they bring for other people, the goodness in their hearts that inspires them to do their work. We don’t have to copy what they’re doing, but instead be inspired by their spirit.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits

 

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