Motivation and discipline are both apples from the same tree. Yet there are significant differences between them. While I am proud of my overall motivation for self-improvement, I often lack discipline. This is something that I and many others aim to improve.
I have seen recent success through sheer ambition. I constantly seek to improve myself by reading and listening to educational content. I take risks by changing career paths. But when things get dull or I am not in the mood, everything changes. It is often difficult for me to do things that I do not want to do. This is problematic - being an adult involves doing many such activities. Whether that's cleaning our home or writing when I am not in the mood, the lack of desire is an obstacle for me. Enter discipline.
Discipline involves controlling one's behavior. It means "training oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way". I am particularly interested in the reference to habits here. Creating positive habits and breaking old ones require motivation. Consistently maintaining habits requires discipline. Dedication can only get you so far. Discipline means getting your ass to the gym when you're exhausted. It means opening the laptop to write when you're feeling uninspired. Only through discipline can we follow through with whatever we aim to accomplish.
By openly admitting my lack of discipline here, I hope to push myself and others to just get things done. I would like to make completing difficult things instinctual rather than cumbersome. I am ready to make a change. I am ready for the challenge.