Motivation vs. Discipline

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 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.

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Source: You Don’t Need Motivation, You Need Discipline | Breaking Muscle

Don’t quit that workout! 

Most people never intend to quit short of achieving their goal or objective, but sometimes certain factors may appear or thoughts of doubt emerge spontaneously in your conscience.  These various factors or thoughts may eventually compile and build up enough power to quickly flip your emotions and desires from wanting to pursue triumph, to accepting failure, in only a few minutes.  Before you make that final decision, remember to cycle through the items in the checklist from Runner’s World.  It is a good guide to follow and may not only help improve the efficiency of your workouts, but could help with motivation too.

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Source: 9 Things to Consider Before Bailing on a Workout | Runner’s World


What is your biggest motivator to stay fit and healthy? Leave your comment below.

My motivation is not necessarily to increase my longevity, although that is a great benefit, but more to increase the quality of my day-to-day life.  Staying healthy means less sick time (stronger immune system), less restrictions on physical activities, and boosting moral and happiness.