Self-motivation vs self-discipline

Nowadays my wisdom seems to come from Reddit. Now and then someone posts a comment that strikes a chord with me. In this case, the comment basically said to forget motivation and work on self-discipline instead. So I gave it a try. When my alarm went off in the mornings, I usually snoozed for about 30 minutes, which is ridiculous. I’ve once again given up on my Morning Pages due to the energy that I just don’t have, but I decided to “discipline” myself to snooze for just twenty minutes and do my morning meditation. It hasn’t always been easy. Yesterday, for example, I had been awake half the night with a migraine so my 30 minute snooze was too tempting to give up.

I find myself internally telling myself to “get up!”, sometimes in a harsh tone. Is that good or bad? I’m working on getting rid of the negativity of my thoughts but does shouting at myself to do something not hinder my progress? It seems to work, however, and I’d like to think I’m now motivated to get up especially now that I’m doing one of Headspace’s meditation packs, which is a 30-day course. I’m also meditating at night before I go to sleep. I know meditation is better sitting up (apparently) but I lie down for my nightly practices.

If I discipline myself enough, will it eventually turn into motivation? I believe that you can’t have one without the other, but I think self-discipline is a good starting point to achieving self-motivation, especially when you’re suffering from depression and energy is lacking.


5 thoughts on “Self-motivation vs self-discipline

  1. In some ways they are two sides of the same coin. You need to be motivated enough to follow the self-discipline? Or just motivated to make a change. But I know how hard it can be to break the inertia of depression, so anything that helps is a good thing.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, it was beautifully written. I can tie self discipline and self motivation down to having the proper self image of ourselves. When we visualize seeing ourselves achieving our desired outcome, and we repeat this image in our minds often to where its seared onto our brains, we our moved to persistent action. Overtime, it becomes second nature, apart of our everyday routine like showering and brushing our teeth, to the point to where we don’t even think about it.

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