Discipline vs. Motivation – Which One Do You Need?

January 22, 2021

Discipline-vs.-Motivation-Which-One-Do-You-Need-Fox-MusicSelf-discipline and motivation both play roles in building long-term habits, like singing, eating healthy, and working out. But is it better to focus on self-discipline or motivation? Which one do you need?

First, let’s take a look at the difference between discipline and motivation.


Self-discipline is your ability to control your actions and stick to what you think is worth pursuing – even when you’re tempted to abandon or give up on your goal. For example, on a day you may not feel like practicing, discipline can be the deciding factor in what gets you to show up.


Motivation is that excited feeling you get when you’re working toward a goal. It’s the driving force behind your actions.

Motivation is a little more glamorous compared to self-discipline. Motivation might be what you need to get started, but discipline can be the thing that keeps you going. If you think of motivation like a cheerleader, self-discipline is more like the drill sergeant.

The truth is, to form successful routines around a consistent practice, you need both motivation and discipline. Here are a few suggestions on how you can put both to use.

1. Stick with small steps.

When you’re in the early stages of creating a habit or routine, keep things small and manageable. Swap, “I’m going to practice every single day for the next month!” with something more realistic. Taking smaller steps now will help you build and stick with your habit.

2. Focus on your own individual process.

Like singing, discipline is also a skill. And when it comes to developing this skill, there are no predetermined formulas or methods. The best thing you can do is focus on your own individual learning process. Rather than copying someone else’s routine, think about your unique needs. What’s going to work best for you?

3. Expect your motivation to fluctuate.

Remember that motivation is more like a cheerleader. You’ll wake up one morning, and you’ll be excited to practice. The next day, it might feel like your motivation is completely gone. The cheerleader will take a day off, and you won’t feel like practicing at all. If you feel unmotivated, you’re not alone. These are the days to listen to the drill sergeant and stick to your plan.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a professional singer, the experienced voice teachers at Fox Music are here to guide you in your vocal development.

If you’re interested in learning more about the vocal programs we’re currently offering and how to get started, contact us today – we have locations in both Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

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