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If you are like me, you probably have an unhealthy relationship with motivation. Don’t go looking for motivation ever again after listening to this. Months ago, I started trading in motivation for discipline. 

I told myself: “You can suffer the pain of discipline or you can suffer the pain of regret”

Tune in to learn how to finally check those boxes next to your goals. 



  • [00:01] Episode overview and trigger warning
  • [02:01] A perfect example of my unhealthy relationship with motivation (storytime)
  • [04:24] Losing motivation after the first speed bump
  • [06:16] How waiting on motivation wastes your time. 
  • [07:00] The only motivation video that actually worked (and it’s not what you think).
  • [07:47] Motivation will get you nowhere, THIS is what you need instead. 
  • [08:20] The illusion of progress vs. actual progress 
  • [09:45] How motivation tricks your brain.
  • [12:42] The book that changed my life and will change yours. 
  • [13:51] How to actually start getting things done and stop wasting time.
  • [14:39] Make being specific your new best friend. 
  • [17:02] What you can do right now with every single goal you have. 
  • [18:16] Why having a schedule helps you accomplish your goals.
  • [18:45] The only way to hack discipline (you snooze, you lose). 


Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • We look for motivation when we need something to convince us to do something. 
  • Motivational content can give you the courage you think you need but waiting on motivation can end up wasting a lot of your time. 
  • Depending on motivation will get you nowhere, it is discipline that will help you accomplish your goals.
  • Research itself can be a form of procrastination. Do less planning and more doing.
  • Motivation is temporary and it is not sustainable. It is like getting a temporary shot of dopamine. 
  • There is a difference between feeling good and actually taking action. Focus on being action oriented.
  • If you really want to start doing something, you need to be specific and intentional about it. Plot it into your calendar.  
  • You can break down every goal you have into some kind of schedule or habit. 
  • A schedule is a visual reminder that tells you what you have to do at different points of the day.
  • You have to do things even when you don’t feel like doing them. Once you mess up and start pushing things back, you will eventually end up right back where you started. 


Resources Mentioned

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear

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