Motivation is great. I think of it as the initial building block of success, that spark to ignite the fire of passion which smolders inside all of us. However, it can only take us so far. You can read as many books and watch as many videos as you want, but what will be there to take its place once the flames begin to dwindle and we slowly sink back into our monotonous routines and self-destructive habits?
Discipline. Our journeys to success start with motivation, with that spark, and end with us reaching our goals. But there’s a lot of space in-between the two. A space full of a lot of difficult, not-so-fun things. That’s where self-discipline comes in. Disciplining ourselves, hardwiring our minds for success. Suddenly, the menial tasks seem less menial, the stressful times more manageable, for we have something else pushing us forward.
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When I started Jake’sJournal a little over a year ago, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it, what my goal for the site was (I still don’t really know, and I doubt I ever will haha). I remember publishing my first post, “What are you grateful for?”, and for the first few days… nothing happened. Continue reading “200 Followers!”
I feel like a lot of people don’t really know what they want to do with their lives. They haven’t found that spark of interest, their life’s calling. Continue reading “Finding Your Purpose In Life: It’s Not Easy”
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
This is one of those timeless proverbs I’m sure we’ve all heard before. It means that the perception of beauty is subjective, so what one person finds admiring or beautiful, another may not. The same is true for success as well. Success, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Continue reading “Your Success Is Not My Success”
Our greatest struggle when facing the upward trudge towards our goals is often not the journey itself, but the first step. What we fail to remember is that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest will almost certainly stay at rest indefinitely. Unless of course, an outside force were to act upon it.
So perhaps the question you must ask yourself is: What will that force be for you?
In my last post I talked about self-discipline and how it plays a crucial role in seeing that goals we set for ourselves are actually met, rather than just pushed back indefinitely. This time I’ll lay out a few important methods for disciplining ourselves. Continue reading “3 Simple Yet Effective Methods For Self-Discipline”
If you’re like me, you like to set goals for yourself, and once they’re set, you like to stay on top of them, almost constantly working your way towards them. And if you’re like me, you sometimes need a little motivation to kickstart the process. Continue reading “You Don’t Need Motivation. Just A Little Discipline.”
Stagnation seems to be one of the worst conditions one can impose on themself. When one ceases to challenge themself, to push themself, to broaden their horizons, one consequently ceases to learn, to grow, to live. For a life not in motion is quite possibly the very definition of a meaningless existence.
A new year is upon us, and with it, a host of new resolutions. But first, some questions need answering: Continue reading “New Year, New You?”