The Art of Discipline

This post is in response to The Myth of Discipline by zenhabits. The author goes on to conclude “Every single specific action you can take to make yourself do something is motivation. Not discipline. And that’s why discipline is a myth. It might sound good, but it’s not a useful concept. When it comes to taking specific actions to make yourself do something, the only things you can do are motivation. Not discipline. I’ve challenged people to come up with a discipline action that isn’t motivation for years now, and no one has done it.

The definition of “discipline” is any training or activity intended to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior. It’s an enforcement of order ensuring instructions are carried out. Discipline implies that you have to do something in a predetermined sequence, variation and consistency pattern in order to bring about the probability of the best possible result.

My wife & I share a common reflection on a quote from Jim Rohn (the ultimate resource in personal development) every time we achieve something through hard & consistent work (perseverance), “For every disciplined effort, there are multiple rewards“. Motivation, or inspiration, is what you have to find in order to trigger the arduous activity which is discipline.

Since zenhabits don’t have a comment section, I thought I’d leave my thoughts here, and I’d love to hear your own opinions.

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