I've been thinking about this since then. It's a distinction that intrigues me and which I wish I fully understood. I wish everyone understood it.
Discipline should be internal and self-motivated. That seems clear. But beyond that, my understanding is murky.
- Is discipline a habit that can be learned through others providing external motivation?
- Is it a clever organization of incentives?
- What is this self-discipline of the second pledge?
In reality, the line between internal and external motivation appears gray to me. For instance, is it external motivation if a students want to get As so that she can get into a good college? Is it internal motivation if I work out everyday since I like to look and feel a certain way (and I know that if I do my wife will smile when she sees me)?