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Why motivation is more important than discipline

Kirjoittanut: Léo Walter - tiimistä Crevio.

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Recently, I had a revelation that changed my perspective on how I manage my workdays, especially as an entrepreneur. Like many, I long believed that discipline was the key to long-term success, assuming that motivation alone was not enough. However, this approach requires a high consumption of dopamine, a neurotransmitter whose availability is limited each day, which can make tasks as simple as clicking on a computer extremely arduous.

Discipline, although essential, indeed consumes a lot of this precious chemical resource, limiting our ability to maintain a consistent energy level throughout the day. Conversely, I discovered that motivation can be regenerated and is therefore potentially infinite. This realization showed me that it is possible to work intensely all day, not by forcing oneself, but because one really wants to.

But how then can we cultivate this essential motivation? Here are some strategies I have implemented:

  1. Eliminate distractions: The first step is to remove all sources of instant pleasure that deplete our dopamine. This includes social media, video games, and other entertainments that can divert us from our long-term goals.
  2. Adapt your work environment: It is crucial to structure your professional activity around your personal strengths and weaknesses. If you are an introvert, for example, choosing a career that requires few daily meetings might be more beneficial and less draining.
  3. Have a clear vision: Regularly questioning the why of your activity can revitalize and strengthen motivation. Why do you do what you do? Is it to ensure a comfortable retirement for your parents, gain freedom, or help the needy? For my part, my motivation tripled the day I realized that I was working more for others than for myself.

Of course, there will always be moments of low motivation, and that is where discipline plays its role. It helps you get through these difficult times. However, for sustainable and fulfilling success, it is crucial to know how to actively generate and regenerate motivation.

Those who rely solely on discipline to move forward risk burning out and giving up over time. On the other hand, those who learn to cultivate their motivation discover a renewable source of energy that propels them towards their goals with a sense of purpose and personal satisfaction. Motivation, unlike discipline, transforms effort into pleasure and work into passion.

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