That first word is for you, Ruth’s DH. 🙂 I had to laugh when Ruth mentioned in reply to my comment on her last post that her DH was embarrassed that I (Ruth’s family and my family are both born-again Christians) knew that he allowed a stream of expletives to fly when he discovered a small financial emergency.
As much as I hated to admit it, I told Ruth, those words fly in our house on occasion too. It happened again yesterday when I smacked my head hard on the door handle as I was getting up off the floor (don’t ask).
But alas, this post isn’t about unsavory language. 🙂 It’s about a comment on Twitter that my aspiring-comic-artist-daughter mentioned to me the other night.
Motivation vs. Discipline
A fellow budding artist asked a well-known professional artist on Twitter what he did to stay motivated to practice his comic-drawing skills.
“Fu** motivation! It’s called discipline!” he replied, quite bluntly.
At first glance I found those words quite harsh. But after a minute of reflection I found myself saying, “How cool that he was so blatantly honest with his protege.”
Madelyn Finds Discipline
Our oldest daughter – a mere 16 years of age – has improved her art skills astronomically in the last 30 days. She’s also been spending roughly 12 hours a day drawing; a huge boost from her previous 5ish hours a day.
You see, she’s decided she really wants to begin to catch the attention of the powers that be at DC and Marvel, today’s comic giants. So, in spite of an oft lack of motivation, in spite of the enemy telling her “You can’t do this”, in spite of the distraction of three younger and energetic siblings and in spite of having her own load of high school homework, she’s still dedicating a full half of each of her 24 hour days to perfecting her art.
And I think hubby and I can learn a lesson or two from her. It’s not that we aren’t trying to get out of debt. In fact, I think we’re doing a fine balance of living life frugally, yet still enjoying life. We spend $60 a month on entertainment for us and our four kids, and $450 a month on groceries. We work to gain extra income whenever we can.
But there are often days when we are annoyed and feel like we will never win this battle. We simply lack to motivation to put in any additional effort.
The other day, I found some DD1 type of motivation. When I checked our end-of-the-month credit card balance, I found that they had charged me $12 more in interest than they did the previous month (we are paying the minimum on this card as we put all extra money toward a different debt).
They had a good reason for doing so (the card was switching companies and the accrued interest days were higher because of the switch) but I was peeved.
You see, had they charged us the normal amount of interest, we would have reached a milestone number, both on our consumer debt and our total debt. I was so excited to reach that milestone, but the extra interest stole it out of our hands by a mere $12 on both the consumer debt and total debt numbers.
Angry, I got motivated and made a plan. The kids and I emptied out our change jar, scrounged the house for loose change and came up with $50.35. I went straight to the bank, deposited the money and made a $50.35 payment on that credit card so that we made our goals with room to breathe as well.
Screw you, I muttered under my breath to the credit card company as I left the bank.
That is motivation.
Doing “that” on a daily basis is discipline. And therein lies the difference between the two. 🙂
It’s time to forget about motivation and concentrate on getting disciplined. Who’s with me?