Quote: “I need to get motivated.”
Said by anyone wanting to do anything worth doing.
Motivation is a short term thing. I won’t even call it a strategy, because it’s not. Similar to “hope is not a strategy” for launching a new business.
When you define some crazy new goal or achievement, what’s going to get you there is discipline.
Day after day you’re going to need to work towards your goal.
Discipline means you keep doing the things you need to even on the days that you don’t want to.
Those are the days that it’s especially important to rely on discipline, and not motivation, to keep making progress.
Picture an Olympic sprinter who wants to win a gold medal in the 100-meter event at the starting line for the final race.
Don’t you think that the other runners are just as motivated for the gold as him or her?
Can they simply “motivate” themselves to be faster than the rest of the pack at that moment?
What gets that sprinter to the top of the podium, watching their country’s flag get raised during their national anthem, is discipline.
For years leading up to that one race, they needed the discipline to work on that gold medal on a daily basis.
Not every day was perfect, and there were certainly times they may not have accomplished much at all, but it was that discipline that got them back on track the next day.
Change that quote from “I need to get motivated” to “I need more discipline” and you’ll be “good as gold."