Good Afternoon Point Fitness,

Motivation vs. Discipline

  • Discipline: (v) To train by instruction and exercise; drill.
  • Motivation: (n) The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

“Motivation only exists as a noun. But discipline has a verb form. In other words, discipline is something you do, and choose to do; motivation is a thing that can come and go, which you cannot choose to do or control.” (1)

So we need that motivation to get us started. It’s important but we have no control over being motivated. We can’t force our motivation. When motivation hits, use it but motivation without discipline is useless.

Motivation will eventually leave us but that’s ok, as long as we used that motivation wisely and created habits that we can follow.

Motivation will fire the engine… at first. Discipline will keep you going when you think it’s out of gas.” (1)

Make it a habit
Use your motivation and apply discipline and make it a habit. In order to create a habit, we must set achievable goals.
I’m going to give you a personal example:

The picture above is a trunk. I bought this about a year ago with the goal of restoring it to its original glory. If you can’t tell, I haven’t gotten too far. Why? When I bought it, I was fully motivated. I had the desire but what has stopped me? I am overwhelmed. I don’t even know where to start. It’s something I have never done and to be honest it’s something that I will probably do very poorly first time around. But the desire is there!
So what do I do? I have to set small goals. Even if it’s little things I do every day to get started on it. Something that I can do to create the habit of working on this.

How does this pertain to health and wellness and fitness? It’s the exact same! You all signed up for the gym and have committed money in the desire to be healthier, stronger, fitter, and whatever other goals you have. Your desire is there! Many of you have created the habit and are disciplined in your consistency at the gym. Others may be struggling. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, set a small goal today that leads you on the path toward achieving the larger goal and to form this healthy habit.

How long does it take to form a habit?

“The research on this varies, but it seems to fall in the range of 21 days for a new habit to form.

66 days for that behavior to become automatic.

When setting new habit goals, keep this in mind. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Your brain is working its hardest to lay those new pathways and make that habit automatic. But you should let it do what it’s doing without giving it too much to deal with at once — so stick to one new habit at a time.

Form habits. Create discipline. Stop worrying about when motivation will leave you… because at some point, it will.” (1)

Source:
1) https://medium.com/@flabstofitness/why-motivation-is-crap-discipline-is-your-only-chance-at-success-3ecd00b8b090

CFTP Lockdown 2020
Oh yeah! The time is upon us! This coming February, we will be LOCKING DOWN!
What is the Lockdown? For those who haven’t been with us for very long or maybe missed last year’s lockdown, the lockdown is an in house CrossFit competition. It will be 3 divisions and it will be teams of 2. Male/Male or Female/Female. So be thinking about who you might want to team up with! More details will come forward in the coming week or two. Nab your desired partner now!

Coach Dan