Motivation gets you up every morning. Inertia keeps you going.
Motivation isn't tangible in the way that discipline is. That's why it can often feel fleeting and difficult to harness.
Motivation is best understood as an emotion - but worse than that, it's an emotion based on fantasy. How does that make sense? I'll explain.
The biscuit paradox
When you're motivated to eat some biscuits, you're not living in the present. You're making a prediction that a future version of yourself is going to enjoy the reward of you taking action.
Motivation is the grease that helps you slide down reward pathways in the brain. It helps you get to wherever you think you're trying to go.
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