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14 May 2007 @ 01:33 am
Self-Discipline  

I don't really like the term "self-discipline." It seems to have overtones of, I dunno, BDSM. I mean, when I was in college I tried very hard to apply self-discipline but in retrospect it seems most of what I ended up with was self-punishment. Which would eventually get me feeling guilty and bad enough that I'd do something, but it also tended to make me feel rotten most of the time. So I reckon that "self-motivation" makes a better paradigm.

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Marissa Lingenmrissa on May 14th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I am not the sort of person who says to herself, "Hit your word count for the afternoon and you can have a cookie." I am the sort of person who says to herself, "There, you've had a cookie! Now you should have the energy to hit your word count for the afternoon."

But my problems are rarely with discipline or motivation and mostly with setting reasonable goals in the first place.
Skylarkerskylarker on May 14th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
"self-motivation" makes a better paradigm

Definitely. When I try self-discipline what I get is inner conflict. When I accomplish something it's because I'm whole-hearted about it.
gomeza on May 15th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
So, you get more from yourself by giving yourself a carrot than by hitting yourself with a stick? Seems reasonable to me.