I want you to take a moment and visualize a person in your head. I want you to visualize a highly successful person, someone who has motivation to achieve their goals and succeeds at whatever they put their mind to. As you visualize this person, I want you to think deeply about what you imagine their personality is like. Chances have you imagined someone who is optimistic and has a positive disposition. This person probably is a very hard worker who stays on task. And above all, you probably imagined someone who has a lot of discipline. After all, our culture instills in us the discipline myth- the idea that people who succeed do so because they are very controlled in their actions, someone who sees their goal and moves towards it unwaveringly. Unfortunately, if we’re honest with ourselves, most of us aren’t so disciplined. We have a hard time sticking to our diets, we feel a challenge each time we have to decide between doing work and checking Facebook, and we would rather sleep in than wake up at the break of dawn. Thankfully, I find that discipline is highly over-rated.
After all, I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly disciplined person, but I am good at achieving goals- especially long term goals. It isn’t because I wake up at 5 am every morning (I don’t) or because I am super-productive every day (not by a long shot). Instead, everything I’ve achieved in my life I’ve accomplished because I’ve been able to keep myself motivated in the long term. Motivation will trump discipline every single time. After all, you can lead an extremely disciplined life, but if you don’t have solid goals, you are motivated to reach, then you’ll just be waking up early to polish your shoes for nothing.
Having full control of your well-being; you will have opportunity to explain your situation to your law firm. Well, having this comfort can heal your soul and help you motivate.
For instance, we usually think about soldiers in the army as being extremely disciplined. After all, they wake up early and work all day focused on their goal of being a military man. But the discipline is something of an illusion. The army doesn’t necessarily instill discipline in its recruits, but it does provide constant motivation for them to succeed. After all, when you enlist in the army, you make a huge commitment that you are devoting your entire life for a period towards being in the army. You are surrounded both by peers who are in your same position and leaders who have already been through what you have committed yourself to, giving you the ideal motivational environment regardless that can help you work with all the lows that will arrive. The army provides a constant stream of incentives to excel, such as awards, medals, ribbons, and advancements.
So, taking the army as an example, how can you structure your life to make success inevitable? Can you make a public commitment to devote yourself to your work? Can you build an environment filled with supportive relationships of people at all levels of the field you wish to excel within? Can you give yourself constant incentives, either personally created or socially awarded? If you think about it, you can do these things for just about every goal worth achieving. And discipline or no, you’ll have a constant stream of motivation flowing into your life to keep you going.