Motivation vs. Discipline

Happy Tuesday, friends! With summer vacation coming to a close, I challenge you to take a look at the last few months. Did you achieve the goals you set for yourself? If so, what kept you going? Chances are it was your discipline that kept you moving forward over motivation. If you have found that you’ve fallen short, lack of motivation and discipline most likely won.

When it comes to health and wellness, discipline gets us so much further than our motivation. Let’s say you set a goal to head to the gym five days a week for at least 30 minutes each time. The first week, nothing can stop you from getting there. The second week, you’re still pushing forward but with less enthusiasm before. By the third week, you may be missing a few workouts. By the time you’re four weeks in, you may be taking a break entirely. Does this sound familiar?

What happened?

Did you give in on the days you didn’t feel like it?

Did you tell yourself you just didn’t have time that day, but still find the time to scroll through your social media for an hour that night?

Did you tell yourself a day wouldn’t hurt, and then that led to a week?

Friends, I’m here today with some tough love. While you need both, motivation will only get you so far. It is your discipline that has to keep you going. 

Instead of making excuses for what you won’t do, just get it done! Yes it will be hard - but when you become disciplined to do it anyway, that is when real changes happen! 

On days you don’t feel like it, promise yourself 15 minutes. After those 15, either keep going or walk away. Chances are, you’ll keep going! 

Don’t have time? Give up your scrolling for the day. If the kids have sports practice at night, walk around the field while they’re playing. Busy day at work? Use your breaks to take the stairs, some squats, or use your lunch break for a quick walk. Look at your day and carve out a few minutes that you can get moving.

Plan intentional rest days, but make a promise to yourself to get back at it the next day. A day won’t hurt, but a week will slow down your results. 

Friends, quit making excuses for yourself when your motivation is subsiding and lean into your discipline. You’ll feel SO much better in the long run and thank yourself for it later. 

As we head into the fall, make a promise to yourself to become more disciplined to reach those goals. I know it can be tough, but I know you can do it! 

Need some help along the way? Let me hold you accountable and teach you how to navigate tough days! Join my next FASTer Way to Fat Loss­­ Round­, and let’s get back on track together!