Dan Kuida
Lead oneself
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3 min readFeb 12, 2022


TL;DR My attitude towards motivation can be summarized by the best motivator Jocko Willink

By nature, I am among the laziest, spoiled, fun-seeking persons.

Sometimes it takes me one to two hours to push myself out of the door on cold days. Who wants to go out running and then do cold water exposure?

What works for me are biology and discipline. Going cold turkey training will hold for a couple of weeks. At best. After that, the sugar (and flour) dependent energy will run out of the body, the body will start to be in pain and give up.

Preparedness using the mind — that’s what works. Waking up early in the morning starts with sleeping early in the evening. Sleeping early starts with regimen adaptations — vitamins to help sleep (5-htp is terrible). It is the understanding of the biology of depleted glucose, affecting the imaginary willpower. Motivation can get one started at best.

By seeing through biology, points of weakness can be anticipated and countered. During the first 60 minutes of the morning, coffee will cause an afternoon crash, lead to a nap, not getting asleep, and sleeping late — and missing training. Rollercoaster. I will have to write a separate post about dietary discipline aggregated from some brightest minds.

Sometimes — the body is fine, rested, and well-fed with the right ingredients. It simply complains, the excuses start to pile up. Especially when it is the second (third) training of the day — this is where the plan and the discipline kick in; there is no motivation, only discipline.

I had this in my annual priority planning. Pay attention to the year at the bottom.

Do you think that I attended to it even though I came to a logical conclusion that it is the fourth most important thing in my life (i.e., being motivated)? No.

Only in 2017 did I start to try and keep that process. The vital take out — I began to set up applications and regimens to push me to it. Did I mention already that motivation can bring one only so much? Two months in — my weight did not change even after six gyms a week and three jogging training. At that point, an understanding of alcohol came into play. Four to five months later and 10 kilograms less, it was much easier being “motivated.”

There is only so much that motivation can do. Two years later, and 6 kilograms more, I had to revisit my diet and regimen. I took a different approach, adjusting the feeding plan, schedule (intermittent fasting), and the most challenging drug.

Without the composition of all the parts aggregated, I would never be able to wake up every day at 04:30 and train for 1–2 hours, work, train once again, work, study, and attend family.

I am fighting many addictions every day. There would never be enough motivation for that, I have failed, and unfortunately, I will fail. I learned to get up, every time, after every knockout, and keep going. I am using the most powerful tools I have — my mind and my experience.



Dan Kuida
Lead oneself

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