One reason people think they need self discipline is that they believe they must do something they really don’t want to do. The excuse “I really don’t enjoy doing that, it’s boring” is just that – an excuse not a reason.
One of the big reasons people don’t do things is that they don’t think it will make any difference. Who cares? What difference will it make? Those questions are generated from a point of view that is addressed in this TED video by Peter Diamandis. If you really think the world is going to hell in a handbasket, then it doesn’t really matter what you do.
However, if you think there is a reasonably good future ahead of us, then making a positive contribution toward a brighter future seems like it makes sense, even when some of your activities may feel tedious to you.
In the meantime, enjoy Peter’s 16 minutes. I only wish he had smiled a bit through such an encouraging message!