Monday Motivation: Discipline Posts Recap.


I read this article by Lisanne on making sure your old content doesn’t go to waste and I thought I’d do something inspired: Make a recap of my discipline posts!

Oldies but goodies. Like Hugh Laurie and Idris Elba (prrrrr).

Anyway. I hope they serve you well this Monday morning — although they’re not as sexy as the oldies but goodies mentioned above. Enjoy!


“So. I was thinking about motivation. More specifically how we start doing things. To be even more specific, I started thinking about that one moment where it happens: We actually start.

We start to do something new. A new routine emerges. We finally do that thing we’ve been putting off for a while. We get up from the couch and get into action. We stop procrastinating.

What happens in that moment? What is that defining thing that creates the momentum? I think it’s in that thing where the real shift happens. In that moment, that magic happens; in that moment change begins, new habits start, new roads are taken.”

– The Click, the Fire, and how to get it. 


Because self discipline is about you. It’s not about this ideal vision of a person who runs 10K every day, who never does anything bad and who constantly has perfect scores. It’s about you. It’s about you, running three times a week steadily. It’s about how you train yourself to write for 2 hours after dinner, even though you’re in a food coma and House is on. It’s about teaching yourself the right patterns, the right habits and sticking to them. It’s a process. It’s something you get better and better at, over time, as long as you keep trying.” 

– Self Discipline, what it is and what it isn’t. 


“But this book by Steve Pavlina has a very calm ‘voice’. It’s not chest-poundy at all. Instead it’s very relaxed…but radically truthful and enlightening.

The energy behind the writing is very clear and whenever I read it, I don’t start pounding my own chest – instead I start thinking and figuring things out. It’s nice. I compiled my favorite quotes for you. Take a look.” 

– My Favorite Steve Pavlina Quotes 


“The point of discipline is not a restrictive one, but one of expansion. Whatever it is you start doing (exercise routine, language course, daily sex) or stop doing (smoking, drinking, being judgmental), you’re doing it because you want to create more possibilities and opportunities for yourself. You try to create extra space for who you are and who you want to be, you do it because you believe you will benefit from it and it will improve your life.

See? More good thing! More – not less. This is liberating, expanding!”

– Restrictive discipline vs Relaxed discipline. 


Habits are the building blocks of all this. Discipline is not some switch you pull and now you’re suddenly running three times a week, cleaning your bathroom faithfully, reading every day, studying with straight A’s and curing world hunger in your spare time.

Discipline is a bunch of habits lined up, neatly stacked up against each other, creating a life in which you do all the things you want to do for yourself.”

– Discipline is training, not a trick.


“The things we want to do for ourselves are constant. How badly we want to achieve them and work for them, that stuff is under the influence of temporary and variable external factors, like moods, life events and biological changes. Now, how important are we going to let those things be? The right answer would be ‘not very’.

Moods change. A goal doesn’t.”

A (Cold) Shower Epiphany.  

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  1. Wow, deze post komt voor mij precies op het juiste moment. Dit moest ik allemaal even ‘horen’, thanks!

  2. Hi Self Help Hipster,
    I was wondering if maybe you could do a post about how to deal with “failing” (i.e. trial and error and things not working out, not necessarily failing as in quitting someting) if you ever have the chance/inspiration/ideas for it? I have been thinking about this a lot and would love to hear your point of view. (Maybe you already wrote about this and I missed it. Sorry if that’s the case!)