Athlete: Motivation Vs Self-Discipline Tips

Why is motivation similar to a sugar rush. We consume it because we enjoy the sweet taste of sugar and it has a nice flavour. But what happens when it’s gone?

For instance, you may wish to get fit because you’ve realised you’re overweight and unfit. You encounter someone or experience an event that “motivates” you to start exercising. You have the motivation (the drive), the vigour, and the ingenuity to pursue it. Recent research has examined the reasons why most people who establish goals typically fail to fulfil them.

They lacked self-discipline, which is one of a number of factors that contributed to their failure.

A university study has found that a school pupil’s self-discipline is a stronger predictor of their future academic success than their IQ, leading researchers to conclude that self-discipline may be the “royal road” to building academic achievement.

Consider the reasons why some individuals delay using the gym they have joined and are paying a membership fee for. just because they “don’t feel like it.” You don’t wait to begin training until you are physically prepared for the Olympics, do you? That is not how it functions. You practise to acquire the physical conditioning of an Olympian.

You’re basically screwing yourself over and buying into the myth that we should always do what we feel like doing if you wait to start a task until you’re inspired or motivated to finish it.

Life doesn’t work that way.

You won’t get through the difficult periods when you want to give up with motivation. You won’t get through the tough times when giving up seems like the only alternative with motivation.

Motivation is a finite resource that requires regular replacement and renewal. You can’t accomplish your goals with motivation, and it is never long-term helpful.

The point of discipline is to cut the link between feelings and actions.

Discipline is commitment.

Here are some harsh truths:

You are not always going to be inspired.

You are not always going to have the motivation to get stuff done.

You are going to have bad days.

You are going to have low points.

You are going to want to quit.

Discipline is one of the most important virtues you can develop. It’s the key to success in any area of your life, from work to school to your personal relationships. Without discipline, you’ll find it hard to stick to goals, reach your potential, or even just get through day-to-day life. But learning how to develop discipline isn’t easy — it takes time and effort.

Discipline is key to success, no matter what your goals may be. It’s the foundation upon which all other endeavors are built. When it comes to discipline, consistency is key. This means sticking to a routine, even when it’s hard, and being patient while waiting for results. With a little bit of effort, discipline can be your key to success!

Here are some tips on developing discipline with a generous sprinkling of motivation;

Hit the gym and you can buy that sweet hoodie or expensive plant you’ve been eyeing.

Skip your online lecture and you have to clean the bathroom instead.

You know your eyes will be less puffy tomorrow if you lock in a solid eight hours of sleep tonight.

Peer Pressure
All your friends are following a live workout, and you’re having FOMO. Use it to your advantage.

Your partner bought you a guitar for your birthday, so you should really take an hour to start learning how to play it.

An Idol
Let your ambitious friend’s run streak inspire your own. Think about how they get it done even when they’re feeling blah too.

Revel in the self-control it takes to walk past the crisp aisle in the supermarket or hit all your activity goals on your fitness tracker.

The Right Thing
Exercise and eat well because you know you should. Limit drinking because you know it’s not healthy. Stay on top of your weekly assignments because you know procrastinating only makes you feel more stressed.

Maybe you’re totally Type A and feel most accomplished when you follow a training plan precisely. Or maybe you’re a spiritual, introspective thinker, and reading as many books as you can makes you feel more connected to yourself.

Go for a run, spend an hour whipping up a nutritious dinner, get twisty on your yoga mat, write that next scene in your novel simply because you love it. Starting anything can be a battle, but once you’re in it, you’re in your flow. Afterwards, you feel lighter and brighter.

Your Why
This should be something that brings you joy, but it also has a deeper, often long-term purpose. You want to be a patient and present partner, so you meditate. Or you want to land your dream job right out of university, so you study on the weekends if you have to. “Your why is highly correlated with happiness”, says Lewis, because acting on it gives you a sense of fulfilment. And that’s what having goals is all about.

There are many methods you can use to develop discipline — try a variety of techniques and find what works best for you. Additionally, find a way to reward yourself for sticking to your plan — this will help reinforce the good behavior habits you’re trying to develop. With a little bit of effort, you can reach your goals and develop the self-discipline necessary to achieve anything!



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