Motivation & Discipline – Which Is Superior?
If you type the word ‘fitness’ into any suitable search engine, you will find a wealth of information from many blogs and websites. From motivational guides to inspirational speeches, to work out plans and dietary advice. From equipment to weightlifting form to gym etiquette to bodybuilding forums, the online fitness community is vast. Becoming part of it can be a wonderful new thing to take part in. Especially, if you have otherwise been comfortable living a sedentary life.
If you’re new to the general requirements of a fit and healthy lifestyle, it can be very easy to burn out in the first week. Staying fit and healthy does not happen by accident. But, rather by a strong and coordinated effort to become better at the physical weaknesses you currently exhibit.
Staying motivated and disciplined is important, but which should you strive for most suitable?
Motivation is an excellent source of power to help you get out of bed. It can help you introduce yourself to new ideas, such as how to sculpt the perfect body. How to lower your resting heart rate to something truly healthy. As well as how to overcome your general confidence issues. It might expose you to new equipment, such as this Future of Things fitness tech items that can truly revolutionize your gym experience. Motivation makes you think that anything is possible, and helps give you the traction to use your motivation to blast through barriers you never knew existed. If you’re someone who often falls off the wagon of positive improvement (not only in fitness) then you could often be due to a regular and important dose of motivation before you should consider pushing forward.
High motivation levels allow people to overcome challenges they might not have otherwise desired. It can give people the platform to really push themselves, and push themselves often. For those of us who run, we all know when hitting the wall that euphoria and the runner’s high will come only moments later, but only if we persist and push through. Motivation can help us realize that the pain of every workout will never leave us. But, it will always be worth it and act as the sacrifice to a higher good.
Motivation is excellent, but it’s also shallow if not coupled with:
Discipline is not just the self-promise that you’ll wake up at 5 am to head to the gym. It’s the ability to carry it out without too much internal complaint and to do the same weeks in a row. Discipline is the means we use to consistently fuel our motivations into a structural and sustainable framework for our lives. The discipline you undertake will give you a scheduling framework for achieving your goals, and keep you on the right path. Motivation without discipline is like a flow of water in a river. But, discipline funnels that water into the correct areas it needs to be invested in to turn the great water wheel.
Discipline by itself is masochistic and useless if not serving a previously laid our goal, purpose or aim. You might find on other blogs that it’s always superior to motivation, but that’s not strictly true. It’s just more permanent.
Motivation and discipline inform each other and cheapen the other is absent. If you desire to make strides in your fitness potential, be sure to take both of these into account.