In the rapidly evolving realm of leadership, two forces often vie for dominance: self-discipline and self-motivation. These seemingly conflicting concepts have been the subject of numerous discussions, debates, and writings by professionals across industries.
When you turn to the world’s information gateway, Google, and search “self-discipline vs. self-motivation,” many polarized opinions emerge. Sanchit Raina, in his enlightening piece, espouses the belief that discipline should be the cornerstone of your goal-setting, overshadowing mere motivation. Meanwhile, on the vast professional network LinkedIn, Hamza Khan asserts through his aptly titled article, “Discipline will take you to places where motivation can’t,” echoing the sentiment.
Motivation is what will give you the start and then self discipline alone will be responsible for keeping you going.Sanchit Raina
Yet, a burgeoning camp believes neither discipline nor motivation alone suffices. Tamara Franklin, in a Hubspot piece, argues that a synergy between self-motivation and self-discipline is pivotal. It’s not about choosing one over the other but rather integrating both for maximum efficacy.
It’s important to tap into both discipline and motivation as an employer or an employee.Tamara Franklin
Balancing Autopilot with ‘Why’
Leaders, it’s not uncommon for our days to blur into a routine, with habits acting as the autopilot guiding our actions. While discipline is undeniably instrumental in cultivating and maintaining these habits, it’s incomplete without understanding your “why”. This “why” is your raison d’être – your driving force. Absent a potent “why,” even the most disciplined leader might find themselves floundering, analogous to a car empty of fuel.
Leadership, especially in the intricate landscape of modern organizations, demands more than just a disciplined regimen. Authentic self-motivation, which arises from within and remains untouched by fleeting external accolades, is vital. This motivation becomes the lifeblood of collective success in any organizational setup.
Strategies to Supercharge Self-Motivation
While I’ve previously touched upon the role of journaling in stoking a leader’s self-motivation, the avenues to amplify this trait are manifold. Let’s dissect some core strategies:
Embrace Lifelong Learning:
Great leaders are perennial students. By constantly seeking knowledge, you’re not only expanding your cognitive arsenal but also stoking the flames of motivation.
Unlit Pro Tip: Dedicate time slots each week for exploring unfamiliar terrains – be it a groundbreaking technology or a philosophical conundrum. This habit can be your motivational dynamo.
Set Meaningful Goals:
Root your leadership journey in goals that resonate deeply with your core beliefs and vision. Such goals become the North Star, steering your actions and bolstering motivation.
Unlit Pro Tip: Undertake periodic reflections, ensuring that your immediate tasks align seamlessly with your grand vision. This alignment is a potent motivator.
Foster a Growth Mindset:
Adopting this mindset transforms seemingly insurmountable challenges into valuable learning experiences, turning the leadership journey from an exhausting trek into an exhilarating adventure.
Unlit Pro Tip: Create an environment where feedback, even if critical, is welcomed and acted upon. This continual loop of feedback and growth can be your motivation powerhouse.
Practice Mindfulness and Reflection:
By delving deep into your actions and understanding your innate motivators, you create a solid foundation for genuine motivation.
Unlit Pro Tip: Incorporate mindfulness activities like meditation or contemplative journaling to remain in tune with your internal motivational compass.
Celebrate Milestones, However Small:
Recognizing every accomplishment, regardless of its scale, fosters a culture where effort is valued, bolstering motivation.
Unlit Pro Tip: Maintain a ‘Victory Log’ to chronicle every win. This act of acknowledgment can be a motivational booster.
Embarking on the Self-Motivation Odyssey
Navigating the waters of self-motivation is a profoundly personal yet universally impactful journey. It requires introspection, adaptability, and an unyielding commitment to growth. As leaders, these strategies can illuminate our path, guiding us towards a leadership style that’s not only motivated but also inspirational.
And as you embark on this fulfilling journey, remember, you’re not alone. At Unlit Leadership, we are committed to refining leadership skills, including fostering self-motivation. It’s a journey best undertaken together, replete with shared wisdom and collective evolution. Join us in scripting a more motivated, impactful, and resonant leadership story.