Motivation, Discipline, & Momentum 101 In Less Than 600 Words

Zaid K. Dahhaj
3 min readApr 26, 2021
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I get this question or a variation of it on Twitter at least twice weekly:

“How do I find the motivation to do x…”

It’s flawed thinking.

Firstly, there’s no mention of discipline.

Secondly, the idea that you’ll “find” motivation is false and, even worse, damaging to achievement.

Is Motivation Garbage?

Contrary to popular platitudes, motivation is not useless.

It’s a crucial first step on the disciplined path.

Think about it from this perspective:

It takes an unbelievable amount of force to launch a rocket into outer space. The initial thrust from the ground consumes most of the fuel, and it gradually requires fewer resources to maintain that force once you reach low Earth orbit.

The initial rocket fuel represents Motivation.

Low Earth orbit represents Discipline.

Anything beyond that point represents Momentum.

Most people foolishly only think about motivation at the expense of discipline and momentum. You must follow all three sequentially.

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Zaid K. Dahhaj

Sleep King. Helping family men fix fatigue in less than 42 days without letting loved ones suffer. Founder: The 2AM Podcast.