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Motivation comes and goes, but discipline empowers you to push past a lack of motivation. Discipline comes before motivation, not the other way around.

One way to build discipline in doing a particular task is with an if-then approach. Examples include:

  • If I want to watch YouTube videos, then I will do it while exercising
  • If I want to drink, then I need to go for a walk around the block first

Our ability to do hard things โ€” to be disciplined โ€” is governed by the prefrontal cortex of our brain. Kids who did better at the Marshmallow Test also had a more developed prefrontal cortex and were later seen to be more successful in life. (Possible correlation-not-causality here; source needed)