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Is motivation the main aspect of encouraging yourself or is it discipline?

As a high school student, motivation is taboo to me, just like it is to some other kids, but as for discipline, it was a word that I grew up with. By the time exams are about to come out, discipline was the word of those days. Was I motivated to learn those extra lessons, no. But I forced myself, by having my mom watch over me, while I'm studying. #high-school-students


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Howard’s Answer

I think that your motivation is the emotional component of what helps drive you. The discipline is by-product of your motivation to drive yourself to succeed and to meet your goals. Also, the self-discipline that you instill in yourself can indeed be a big source of encouragement to you.

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Aparna’s Answer

Motivation and discipline are complementary aspects in accomplishing your goals. Some people seek external validation for discipline and motivation and some set up these goals intrinsically. As a high school student you should be on your way to become more independent. Adolescence is a preparation for adulthood. I am sure you are looking forward to driving, going to college, doing things independently etc. So make a check list of your values and then set up your goals. I am sure you have a many strengths as well as weaknesses, evaluate and see what gets in your way and use your strengths to minimize your weaknesses. Your mom can monitor you definitely but try being more independent. When you set up your goals, take small steps first and then when you succeed with your small steps, enjoy the success and keep moving towards your higher goals. Good luck!


Thank you for the answer. Mildred D.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Mildred, I think discipline is important and it definitely leads to great work! Even as a struggling high school student I think my discipline helped me so much in doing well in my classes, however when you find things you love motivation becomes a factor. Motivation plus discipline leads you to your goals! So in the end you definitely need both, find things you love in your academics, and combine that with discipline and the workload will seem much easier!

Best of luck!

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Estelle’s Answer

Perhaps you will become more self motivated in college when you are actually aspiring for a career instead of just looking as taking mandatory classes. Discipline is crucial to success, and I think motivation grows as you start reaching goals.

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Rachel’s Answer

Discipline is important and valuable, but at some point, you will need to become self-motivated to. Think about what your dream career would be. What job would you be really proud to do? No doubt, there will be important steps to be taken to get you there. These thoughts of the future often motivated me.

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Adam’s Answer

Focus on the "why" that motivates you to accomplish the task. Choosing hours of entertainment over challenging yourself is easier, but does it move you toward your goal? Don't be satisfied with less than your best.


Thank you for the answer. Mildred D.

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