“MOTIVATION MEANS NOTHING! It’s all about discipline!”
This statement is annoying. Simple Psychology 101:
-People do NOT like to do things that do not have some kind of reward.
Discipline is the structure to accomplish things, it is a means to an end, not the goal itself. Practicing discipline must yield something to our benefit, otherwise, you wouldn’t do it.
Before you can even begin practicing discipline and applying to structure to a process, you need motivation. We all need motivation. That can be from something as simple as a gym poster.
Requiring motivation then to start something is an entirely acceptable experience. The more complex question is WHAT are you motivated by?
The Stupid Version of Motivation
The typical answer to motivation is setting goals. But this too is shallow. What KIND of goals?
Its another feel good statement that is superficial and has little meaning.
Motivating yourself by what you want to BECOME > Motivation on what you desire to have or do,
What does that mean?
You’ve heard of Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs?”. Its a pretty popular visual model that’s well known across pop culture psychology.
The pop psychology approach is a misguided rationalist one
-people need water food shelter
-people need to feel safe
-people need love attention
-people need to feel good
-people need to begin self improving
The Motivation Trap
Taking this hierarchy into account, we need a more mature and nuanced understanding of motivation.
What you must do is mentally construct an alternate, future version of yourself. This is the internal vision. You create what WHO you want to turn into, and that future self is the motivation for your current self.
Motivation will become easy, even when you don’t have it. This is what is meant by the process is its own reward, or by life being about the journey, not the destination.