“On a day when motivation fails you, discipline is the thing you call on to keep you focused”

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Motivation is the power behind a goal. Its why we do what we do, in order to succeed.

But maintaining positive motivation is not always easy.  You start out with great plans and good intentions and then life gets in the way.  We get sidetracked by temporary pleasures that won’t help us achieve our goal but are more fun in the moment. If you’re tired, or upset, that motivation will shrink and it’s easy to give up.

That’s when discipline steps in. Discipline is like a muscle, the more you train it, the stronger it gets. It’s about knowing what to do and doing it regardless.  Discipline is training yourself to do something in a controlled and habitual way and a habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.  This combination is hard to beat.  It is what will keep you going when your motivation is low, or even non-existent.  It doesn’t come overnight, but regular practice, when your motivation is high, will enable you to continue on days when your motivation flags, or fails to get out of bed altogether.

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still” Lao Tzu