Hope everyone’s having a great week. I know, I know, I missed For The Weekenders last week. I’ve got my reasons…but I can guarantee the next one won’t disappoint.
Alright so back to the topic at hand – this week’s episodic musing. A lot of people talk about discipline, and I have too in the past, but one thing I think that should be combined with discipline is drive. Why? Let’s get started.
Musings Episode 78: Drive…
So drive and discipline, how are they linked?
Discipline can be considered developing a habit of doing something over time, so much that you do it whether you feel like it or not.
But what about drive? Well I’d say drive is what makes that discipline actually pay off.
Think about it. You can have discipline in doing something, but that doesn’t mean you have drive to push you in whatever it is you’ve disciplined yourself to do.
In other words, you may have discipline, but may not be necessarily pushing yourself to your max in whatever it is you’re doing.
You may not be doing things as good as you could be doing them.
So going back to the food analogy it’s a bit like you may have the discipline to eat on time, three meals a day, but you may lack the drive to eat properly, with foods that fuel your body and are good for your overall health.
Or you could be disciplined to take out 10 minutes a day to learn a language, but may just be repeating the words like a parrot rather than putting together a comprehensive and progressive study programme so you can actually become conversational in a certain amount of time.
So discipline is what can make your prepared and set you up for seeing results, but drive is ultimately what determines the quality of the results you’ll get in the end of what you’re trying to accomplish short or long-term.
Drive is also what can keep your standards high.
While discipline is the furnace, drive is the logs you keep feeding it so you can produce a high quality heat.
Imagine if you just put sticks and branches into the furnace – you’re not really going to get any significant heat, now are you?
The same goes for life. Whether it’s a workout, a university degree, a career, a language, hell, even a video game you’re trying to 100% on, you can set aside and put in the time for it everyday, but what you do during that time will determine the results you have in the future.
You’ve got to constantly be seeking to get out of your comfort zone.
Things don’t really ever get easy – instead you get stronger, smarter, better, faster, etc.
But if you don’t have the drive to do what you’re disciplining yourself to do, you won’t really get any of those results.
Instead you’re more than likely to stagnate. Get comfortable. Develop a non-productive routine (a bit like watching TV – you just veg out).
You don’t want that.
You want beast mode, where people look into your eyes and see a flame so fierce they look away because they know you’re in the zone.
This may just seem like I’m talking about workouts but believe me, you can apply the same fierceness to all aspects of life.
I go into beast mode even in writing…with some good lofi hip hop instrumental at times, of course.
So really the key here is to not just do what you’ve disciplined yourself to do, but do it exceedingly well.
Always constructively critique what you’re doing.
Always see where you can make small but significant improvements.
Think of that drive like a steam roller…you want to crush an ineffective laziness in yourself, that tries to get in your way.
Complacency can be laziness.
But I say ineffective laziness because there are two types of lazy:
1. The “do absolutely nothing and make every excuse in the book” lazy.
2. The “find a better, smarter, more efficient way of doing things” lazy.
Through drive and discipline, you can actually harness your laziness to suit your needs and make learning or accomplishing things way easier.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
Discipline yourself to set aside time for whatever it is you want to accomplish – it’ll never be time wasted.
Drive yourself to do whatever it is you want to accomplish well and with a high standard in mind.
Learn to take steps that are smart, clever, and efficient so you can maintain quality and get the results you want.
Things don’t have to be hard – if you look at them a different way.
It’s all about perspective.
Think about it…
And as always…
Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™