Self-discipline is resisting distractions, impulses, and sticking to one’s plan while motivation is our internal or external drive to complete a certain task. If discipline gets you to accomplish a specific task, motivation is the drive to exceed expectations. Discipline alone will suffice if one could foretell each step needed to reach their long-term goal. Motivation is that friend that takes our hand and encourages us to make the extra mile. Motivation takes over when cognitive fatigue overpowers us. They work in concert in helping us arrive at our destination.