Oxford dictionary defines motivation as: “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”
Motivation is definitely important- you need reason(s) for taking charge of your health and fitness. You need a general desire and willingness to do the things required to hit your goals. However, in the long run - over the course of your lifetime - motivation alone isn’t going to cut it.
In fact, I think we actually depend waaaaaaay too much on motivation, and in doing so miss another even more important element of success. You probably already know from experience that motivation can wax and wane.
Sometimes it can be sky high: you’re in the zone, focused and determined, on point with everything you should be doing.
Sometimes it’s as low as low tide: you’re unable to get into an exercise routine, nutrition is down in the dumps, your mindset isn’t great, and you’re pretty much stuck in a rut.
This happens to everyone. So when you find yourself in a rut, motivation can be pretty impossible to muster up. This is where DISCIPLINE comes into play.
Merriam Webster dictionary defines discipline as: “to train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control”
Developing discipline means teaching yourself how to do what’s necessary, even when you’re not so motivated. Think of it this way: A motivated person will perform wonderfully in the realms of exercise, proper nutrition, and self care when motivation is high. When motivation is low, however, the behaviours become very inconsistent.
A disciplined person prioritizes training, meal planning, and exercises self-care even when they really don’t feel like it.
They have trained the brain to do it anyway, no matter what. Motivation is a necessary part of the equation but discipline will always be more important. Take the time and effort required to become a disciplined person. Your future self will thank you.
- Coach Michelle