A new year. A new start. A concept many people believe. Although, I have never understood why January 1st carries such a deep association to change and improvement as opposed to any other random date. A change for the better can begin at any time if you have the motivation. Or, is it more discipline that you need? An article from breakingmuscle.com directs the spotlight on motivation vs discipline. Motivation – a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. Discipline – train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way. From these simple definitions it is apparent that one behavior tends to be sporadic, or short-term, moments while that other seeks consistence. Motivation can burn within a person almost instantaneously resulting from an experience or observation, good or bad, but can then soon smolder. Discipline is the true grit that takes a spontaneous burst of motivational fire that is within you and keep you on track to achieve a new goal.
Discipline is a trait that can be learned, but will most likely be challenging in the beginning. The first step, as mentioned in previous Salus Update Blog posts, is to start small. Do not set yourself up for failure by taking on too much, too fast. Second, set realistic and achievable goals, write them down and keep them in a place where you’ll see them often. Lastly, ensure it is meaningful to you and remind yourself why it’s important to you to achieve the particular goal.
Of course, both motivation and discipline are important. The key is understanding the differences between the two in order to give you the best chance to succeed.