Something I have been talking with a lot of clients about recently is the difference between motivation & discipline.
Quite a few people seem to always be searching for motivation. Whether looking up inspirational quotes on the internet, changing up their routine or just waiting for the day they wake up feeling ready to go… They search and wait for the “Aha!” moment to begin going to the gym on a regular basis, getting their diet together, and/or working on their weaknesses.
Motivation is great. Waking up feeling ready to tackle your goals is one of the best feelings in the world.
That being said, motivation can be a fleeting feeling. So while you may have this idea that everyone achieving success is blessed with an overabundance of motivation, you might be surprised to learn this can’t be further from the truth – Even the best of the best are not motivated every day. Those that are consistent day in and day out, week after week, have developed discipline.
Discipline can be defined as “Training oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way.” Notice it doesn’t say “Training oneself to always be excited to do something in a controlled and habitual way”. Discipline means you do the thing that you have set out to do whether you feel like doing it or not. It becomes a habit, something you do without even thinking about it.
What can this look like in your life?
– I would rather sleep in this morning, but I am going to workout anyways.
– I would rather do a metcon with all the things I’m good at, but I’m going to my accessory work instead.
– My friends invited me to brunch, but I already planned on doing my meal prep at that time.
So if you haven’t achieved your goals yet, ask yourself: I am waiting for that perfect feeling? Do I make excuses when things start getting challenging?