What is it that you want? Attain this in your discipline.
If we were only to engage in our success as deeply as our fluctuating motivation levels left us to be, we would soon come to make unproductive choices. Motivation wavers from day to day and even hour to hour. The inner voices of complaint and settling for less seep into choices made in those moments of lower motivation levels.
Motivation shifts, discipline does not. Discipline directs us to always act in a decisive manner for what we value most. Intermittent choices aren’t made at all amid conditions, a clear and decisive direction remains set from discipline.
If you have to decide whether or not you will work out each day, on less motivated or busy days, you will skip the workout. If you have a discipline to work out each day because you want to remain healthy and active as one of your life’s purposes, you will never miss a day. With discipline, your decisive purpose remains most important, not your motivation level.
Get what you want from discipline.
“Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want the most.” — Abraham Lincoln —