Discipline vs Motivation
“Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions.” — Stephen Covey
What is the difference between Discipline and Motivation? Are they really that different?
Discipline and Motivation are two sides of the same coin that is needed to take you to your goals.
Often times we focus so much on motivation, that we lack to mention or focus on discipline.
This blog will highlight the similarities and differences between the two, and ultimately answer the question- which one is more important?
Motivation is “Why To Do”
Motivation is an inner force based on your own inspiration for internal reasoning. It is the why behind your goals.
When you think of your goals, there needs to be a “why” behind them.
Why do you need to improve your fitness?
Why do you want to lose weight?
The motivation necessary to start working towards your goals can help focus your efforts.
Motivation can come and go at different times in your life, but it is also a life-long skill that can be developed for your own success. The better you know what drives you and motivates you, the better you’ll be at reaching any goal you set for yourself.
The most important note about motivation: it is not constant, and can fluctuate over time.
Discipline is “How To Do”
Let’s talk about self-discipline.
Self-discipline is the ability to correct your own behavior, or your ability to establish routine and habits.
The tricky thing is that discipline varies from individual to individual, but the amount or extent each individual needs is important to reach any goal.
When you become unmotivated and fall off your course, discipline is the thing that gets you back on track.
Self-discipline helps you do the right thing in the moment, when all you want to do something else.
Just like you squat in the gym to build your leg muscles, self-discipline is a muscle that gets stronger the more you flex it.
When you are feeling unmotivated, it is the discipline that needs to take over.
Similar But Different
Motivating yourself is great, but it provides a relatively short-term boost of momentum that can quickly burn up. The fuel cannot last forever.
Discipline, however, is a learned method of maintaining productivity over time and sustaining a clear pathway towards achieving your goals. It is the light illuminating your path to success.
Discipline can act alone. It is the driving force for a person to succeed in the face of adversity: it drives you to complete the work you don’t enjoy doing so that you can continue to reach your goals, even when you run out of motivation.
Having discipline teaches you to remain productive, increases self-confidence, and helps you to continue forward to overcome the fear of failure.
Motivation can be your initial inspiration. When you lose your initial inspiration, self-discipline can help keep you going. To commit to self-discipline, it’s your initial motivation that says it’s worth it.
Our only goal at Hustle One Fitness is to help you reach your goals.
The path to your goal is unique and individualized.
That’s where we come in!
As coaches, it is our job to highlight your pathway and keep you on it for long-term success.
Even if you stray from the path, we will always help you get back on track.
February is an important month for your health and fitness.
If you began a new routine in January to reach your goals, are you seeing progress?
If you are not seeing your results, don’t quit just yet! Sometimes, success may be just around the corner!
Let’s come up with a game plan for you.
Let’s look to see what you’re currently doing, and see if anything needs to be changed.
Often times, to close the gap between you and your goals only takes one thing.
We can help highlight that one thing for you.
Discipline vs Motivation