Motivation, Inspiration or Discipline?

Motivation is not what you need! Inspiration will Fail you!

Those are just some quotes that keep running through my brain recently. And they are helping me so much to move forward with my goals.

The argument here is that Motivation and Inspiration can only do so much for us. That it requires more of ‘taking action’ at the moment when motivation resides our thoughts.  And, often, Inspiration is a lazy thing that will never arrive when we want it to.

I’ve seen enough people that are only contented on complimenting other people for their successes in life when I know, they can be more themselves as well. It’s like they have totally given up on the fact that they can be successful too if only they know how to act on it.

It’s irritating sometimes that some people would come to me and say, “Hey, I love what you’re wearing! It’s so pretty! I wish I could make something like that, too.” The truth of the matter is, they can. I didn’t make the clothes I made out of magic. I’ve had lots – I mean tons – of frustration when I started out.  At one point I even thought of quitting sewing altogether because I figured it wasn’t really for me. But I was so wrong. It only needs a little motivation for me to know that I am not alone in my frustrations and that I can do what anyone out there can do, too. And then I act on it.

It’s the same thing with writing. I do get lots of compliments and positive feedback on – what I think is – my amateur writing skills. Some friends would comment that it’s because I’m already gifted with it. But the truth is, I have been writing ever since I was young – I just never quit, despite the many criticisms I always get. Inspiration in writing is just one way to push me to just sit down write, but the act of writing itself requires discipline.

I think the better argument that we could push through is the discipline to work on our goals. It is the discipline that makes us do even those small tedious tasks that we need to accomplish. It is the discipline that makes us work even without supervision. It is the discipline that pushes us to achieve our goals work even if no one is complimenting us. It is the discipline that we all need to finish our goals even when motivation and inspiration never strike us at all.  The truth of the matter is, is the discipline to take little actions or routines on a daily basis, that makes the greatest and critical impact in our life.

So you see. If I hear one more person tell me that they wish they could do what I do, I think I’ll just give them a link to this page or tell them in CAPS the quotes above.

Don’t you all agree with these?

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