Motivation vs. Discipline
If there is one thing that completely differentiates the people that find success and those that stay in mediocrity in life, it is the virtue of discipline.
In all pursuits of life, discipline dictates if you will accomplish what you set out to accomplish, or quit after much frustration.
Starting a business? Be prepared to get up early to work on it, or stay up late to get things done.
Get good grades in school? Study, even though you would rather be out with your friends or playing video games.
Wanting to lose weight or get in the best shape of your life? Make sure you aren’t cheating on your diet, and you are consistent in the gym, doing your cardio, and preparation.
I trade the markets on a semi-regular basis now. I must make sure that I am not jumping into things because I hope for them to go my way. I have to stay disciplined and stick to the plan that I have outlined for myself, otherwise I will lose tons of money.
As you can see, discipline affects us everyday in many, many ways. There are hundreds of distractions that pull us away from our goals, and it is our responsibility to cut them out as much as possible. That’s for another post.
The Difference Between Discipline and Motivation
There is one thing that irritates me about the motivation culture that has exploded in recent years. It is this: Motivation is fleeting.
You can watch that Eric Thomas video on YouTube, and get all excited and ready to work on your craft. But, the one thing that he actually speaks about in that video is discipline not motivation. Ironic because this video is intended to motivate you.
“Most of you say you want to be successful, but you don’t want it bad, you just kinda want it.”
What that means is that you can get motivated to go to the gym, but you won’t continue to do it unless you actually want a better body and better health. I know so many people that will motivate themselves to get that gym membership come January 1, only to be out of the gym by February 1, and never to return until January 1 next year.
If you set out to do something, actually do it all the way through.
This community isn’t for the people that want constant motivation. It’s for those that are willing to commit to making the changes necessary to being better.
I can sell you motivational books and programs. It won’t mean a damn thing. And it won’t actually help you. It will just make you feel better.
Choose discipline, it sticks with you until the end. While motivation comes and goes like the seasons, discipline will be by your side until you accomplish your goal.
You need discipline to succeed in your pursuit of better health.
This brings us to the second point. You’re going to have to completely forgo instant gratification. I know this is going to be excessively hard for the millennials, and I get it guys, I’m one too. Everything is so simple, press a button for pizza or a taxi, get instant likes when you post that half naked selfie validating your existence.
Here’s the thing (and it’s cliché to say it): Nothing worth having is easy.
Fitness. Relationships. Business. Life.
It all takes time. Work. And Discipline.
The body changes very quickly over the first few months. Then things slow. Then things come to a screeching halt 3 years in. That’s where you either continue to push through or quit.
And most people quit. Or they start steroids after being in the gym for 3 months because things aren’t happening fast enough.
There’s no finish line, it’s a consistent race that can be run for the rest of your life. Most people quit in their mid 20s. Don’t quit.
You’ll get there with plenty of time to spare, not like everyone else who have broken down on the side of the road.