Why discipline trumps motivation

Fitness & Training Tips
By Marek

About Marek

I believe that I haven´t reached my full CrossFit potential and have plenty of room for improvement, as an athlete and as a coach. Becoming a part of Ignite brings me a step closer to fulfilling my dreams and I’ll do my best to help all of you to reach yours.
Nothing worthy comes easily or quickly. Many of you will look to motivation whilst planning and trying to fulfill your goals. Motivation can feel great, it can give you the little push forward you ‘needed’. The trouble with this is that after these external forces stop driving you, you will soon run out of momentum and come to a grinding halt, waiting for something to get you moving once again. What you need to keep that momentum going is discipline.
Here are some reasons why you should strive towards getting disciplined rather than getting motivated:
  • Motivation is usually short-term: Motivation comes and goes, if you have only short- term goals then motivation should do you fine, if you are looking for life-long change then it is discipline you need.
  • Motivation is situational: There are too many external factors that could flick the off switch to your motivation.
  • Motivation is emotional: It is very much based on your mood. There wouldn’t be any professional athlete in the world who ‘felt like’ training every single day- discipline ensures they do anyway!
  • Motivation is common: Everywhere you look someone is getting motivated all the time. You read something, you watch something or attend something and leave “motivated”.
  • Discipline is consistency: You do what you need to do, day-in day-out.
  • Discipline is a habit: It is something that is intentional and repeated, it doesn’t just happen. You need to remind yourself the reasons you perform these habits every single day. The great news is, once habits are formed they become automatic and require less effort and thought.
  • Discipline is rare: But so is success! Putting the hard work in isn’t always fun, but it is what gets you your results.
A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.”
Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness