Forget Motivation, Get Disciplined
FORGET GETTING MOTIVATED, GET DISCIPLINED.
You want to start a new workout program. You buy new gym clothes, get new supplements, and you’re reading all of these motivational tips to get you hyped up to go get your workout in. You’ve got your favorite tunes on blast and you’re amped up! You’re motivated to get that workout in! You go get some, and you’re feeling on top of the world! A few weeks pass by and you’re sore and decide to take it a bit easy. You start easing up on the pedal. Eventually you kind of stop all together. Then the infamous “I don’t have any motivation to workout” comes into play. You do all the same stuff you used to get yourself motivated but nothing is really helping. It takes you a while, but then you find that motivation again... but the same loop falls into place once more. It’s time to forget about getting motivated, and it’s time to get disciplined.
MOTIVATION AND WHY IT DOESN'T WORK
Motivation is a good tool whenever you’re starting a new venture. Usually most new ventures start with motivation and a goal. You feel that flame inside of you burning and you’re ready to take this venture on full force. The problem is though, that motivation slowly fades away. You’re going to have days you just aren’t feeling motivated to do something and that’s completely normal.
When motivation starts to go away, no matter what we are trying to accomplish we may just not want to do it anymore. Then we stop whatever it was and we wait for motivation to come back. It’s literally a loop that constantly happens over and over again and leads us into the spiral of “needing to get motivated”. It’s normal to lose motivation though! When motivation is lost, that’s when you need to get disciplined.
WHY DISCIPLINE CONQUERS MOTIVATION
You see people all the time devoted to certain things and you wonder “Wow, how do they manage to keep up with that task all of the time?” It’s because they’re disciplined. Where motivation fails is where discipline takes over. Discipline is what will get you through ANY task at hand. Not just in fitness, but in any goal you wish to achieve. Discipline will get you the results you want and discipline will help you achieve your goals.
There are many days I don’t feel like going to work out. I’m tired. I don’t feel like getting up early. I’m sore and my body is killing me. I think of how nice it’ll be to just get some rest and take a nice day off. I know I don’t have any motivation to get my workout done. When all these excuses start settling in and I know I can easily just not do anything. I make the more difficult choice and do it anyway. I go do the task at hand even with no motivation whatsoever. It’s easy to just say “I’m not feeling motivated to do this. I’m going to take a break”. That’s not the right answer though. You get up and do it anyway. It may suck, but you’ll finish the task at hand and you’ll be glad you did. You’ll be one step closer to reaching your new goal. You will not have any regrets about getting that task done vs if you just decided not to do it. Discipline breaks you out of the motivational loop and keeps you moving toward your goal.
HOW TO GET DISCIPLINED
You know discipline will break you free and get you to achieve your goals. However, you may be wondering, just how do you get disciplined? Honestly, my most simple tip is just doing whatever it is you don’t want to do. Don’t take the easy way out and just not do it. Now I know… that’s not very practical advice, and may be extremely obvious, but in the end, this is what it comes down to. However, there are things you can do in your everyday life to get you become more disciplined.
GET UP EARLY/MAKE YOUR BED
Getting up early has been one of the most beneficial things I’ve done to get more disciplined. Not only do you have more time throughout the day to get more done, but you will feel that much more productive. You’re starting your day off right. Personally, when my day starts at 4:30 am it’s hard to be less productive throughout the day. You already got that “one win”.
Another great thing to do is to make your bed when you wake up. It’s a great way to start your day by completing a task and getting your day started by being organized. Doing these 2 things when you first wake up will keep you more productive throughout the day. Making this a routine and sticking with it is building discipline. You’ll notice the positive effects of reaping into your other activities throughout the day as well.
TAKE A COLD SHOWER
Taking a cold shower every day is brutal. It’s uncomfortable, difficult, and well… cold. It’s not an ideal situation, but that’s the whole point. Taking a cold shower takes you out of your comfort zone. Just like discipline. Discipline isn’t meant to keep you in your comfort zone, it’s meant to break you out of it! Taking a cold shower is a mental and physical challenge, but once you build a routine around it, you’ll feel like you can take on any challenge.
BREAK A SMALL HABIT/BUILD A NEW HABIT
If you follow some of the routines above, you’ll build a routine around them and will instill discipline. However, the same goes for breaking a bad habit. Maybe you smoke? Or bite your nails? Whatever the habit may be, go about giving it up for 90 days. For me, I usually go cold turkey when it comes to trying to break a bad habit. Some people have an easier time of letting it go gradually. For example, stop smoking for 2 days, then 5 days, then 1 week, then 2 weeks etc. I find stopping all together works better for me but pick whichever method works best for you to break the habit.
Motivation is a great tool to have. It usually is what starts the journey to a more productive and fulfilling life. The main problem is that motivation will only last so long and discipline needs to take over. With discipline, you will accomplish your goals and push yourself further than ever before. Discipline will be in your everyday life and you will know that you can take on any challenge that comes forth.