With it being the beginning of a new year, everyone’s motivation should be high, but what is motivation? One rather vague definition is that motivation is the general desire or willingness to do something. Let’s take a look at what three different sources have to say about motivation and discipline.
First, lets look at what personal development guru, Anthony Robbins, has to say about motivation. Tony says that everything is motivated by one of two things either pain or pleasure. We will always move away from pain and towards pleasure. For most, the avoidance of pain is a more powerful motivator than seeking of pleasure. This is a simple concept but I have never seen it not hold true. The true power of this statement is that you can choose to frame things a certain way to enhance motivation. For instance, if you focus on the immediate physical discomfort (pain) of a hard intense training session you will be less motivated. Vice versa, if you focus on the benefits (pleasure) of the training, you will have greater motivation. For some, they are able to even derive pleasure from the discomfort. We use the saying “Embrace the Grind” all the time. This can have two meanings. First, it can simply mean that you need to realize that true success requires hard work and that to reach that success you need to embrace that fact. It can also take on a slightly different meaning in that you embrace, as part of your identity, a willingness to continuously strive to give uncommon effort which in turn gives you a sense of satisfaction. So, your motivation really boils down to what you value and what you choose to focus on.
One of the lessons that are part of our online nutrition coaching program includes the “10 Motivation Secrets”. One of those secrets is that “Discipline” is a myth. Famed strength coach, Charles Poloquin, explains motivation like this. ” There is no such thing as discipline. There is only love. Love is the most powerful creative force in the universe. What do you really love? Because you are the result of what you love most. You either love finely etched muscular abs more than donuts or you love donuts more than washboard abs you could do laundry on. It’s as simple as that”.
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Former Navy Seal, Brazilian Jiujitsu black belt, and author of “Extreme Ownership”, Jocko Willink, has a different take on motivation and discipline. Jocko states that discipline dupes motivation. When asked,”How do you stay so motivated ?”, he states that No one stays motivated all the time and that discipline is about doing what you know you have to do even when you don’t feel motivated to do so. Here is a link to a full podcast where Jocko discusses this among other things. Hear Podcast Here
I hope you find this info helpful in better understanding how your mind works. We will be digging deeper into these and many other topics as part of our upcoming training with Thom Shea on the “Unbreakable Path”. I encourage you to use it to help achieve the goals you desire and deserve.
Commit, Show Up, Don’t Quit, Be Uncommon,