Do You Really Need Motivation?
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. - Jim Rohn
Without discipline, we’ll never be able to achieve our goals. This is because accomplishing something meaningful or making a significant change in our lives requires us to do things that we don’t want to do.
I think there’s a misconception that people who are successful in their fitness, workout a lot, have a great physique, find eating healthy “easy”, are successful because they’re highly motivated and these things just come easier to them!
That might be true for some folks, but for the majority of people, it’s just that they had the discipline to do the hard things because they understand that they’re doing it for a bigger purpose that’s more important than the immediate gratification in front of them.
If I skipped a workout every time I didn’t feel like it then I wouldn’t be where I am today. If I opted for a pizza every time I craved it, I wouldn’t be where I am today. That doesn’t mean that I don’t ever do those things, it just means that the majority of the time, I try to choose what’s best for me and my goals, even if it’s uncomfortable and even if it’s hard.
The more I can make decisions and lead my life with that mindset, the more control I have when I decide to go “off-plan” and have a cheat meal or reschedule a workout, because I have the confidence and the discipline to get right back on track. Discipline = Freedom.
I see all too often clients give up on their nutrition and fitness goals before they’ve had a chance to see what they’re capable of simply because it got too hard to do the uncomfortable and unfamiliar thing.
You don’t need the motivation to get results, you just need to be able to the uncomfortable thing long enough so you can see what happens when you truly invest in your future self.
Don’t quit reading the book before you know how the story ends.