Motivation or Discipline?

“It’s not important what we do, what’s important is if we’re giving it our full attention,” says Krishnamurti. Especially in this age where attention is almost extinct, the implementation of this quote is something to be discussed. The cell phone we carry in our pocket, the computer screen we use at work, television and newspapers, all virtual or real platforms, and audio and video, are all after our attention. Even so, attention is definitely not one of the popular and sexy concepts of our day and age.

We’re more inclined toward motivation.

Because motivation is cool and assertive. So long as we’re motivated we can accomplish anything, right? Keeping our motivation strong is the first step to success. To be motivated to learn, to develop ourselves, the importance of motivating our team, motivation meetings, the art of being motivating… motivation seems to be a magic formula that imbues everything it touches with a will to move forward and the courage to succeed, as well as confidence and creativity.

Yet it is also momentary and ephemeral.

I don’t think that motivation is the thing, which encourages us to not falter on the perilous road to novelty and change. Because as long as motivation is not supported by discipline, it’s very difficult to change anything. As for discipline, it’s a close relative of attention, or even its Siamese twin. Wherever discipline goes, attention has to be there as well. And, like all of us know, neither of them is very cool. They remind us of negative memories from our formative years in school. We don’t like them. They’re a burden.

However, as cool as it may be to hang around with the concept of motivation, we have to befriend the concepts of discipline and attention in order to make small changes permanent. Especially in this era.

Specifically in this era.


Photo: David Geffin

Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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