I wanted to share something with you that is, possibly, the most important thing I have learned about improving my health and fitness.
That is that you don’t need motivation . . . it’s overrated.
Now before you hit the reply button and tell me I’m crazy, let me explain.
People ask me all the time how I stay motivated – it makes sense. I must be pretty motivated to compete as well as I have.
The fact is that I am just like you. Most the time I’m not motivated.
Furthermore, I have spent a lot of time with some amazing athletes. I even spent many years competing on the Olympic level, made two Olympic teams and numerous World Championship teams, broke both world and American records.
Guess what the common thread is.
None of them are any more or less motivated than me or you.
They all have mornings where sleep sounds better than a run . . .
They all have days where that first step seems like the hardest thing in the world . . .
They have times where they feel out of shape after an injury or a break . . .
They have days where they think of a million reasons why they shouldn’t workout today . . .
You see “motivation” fails. Being motivated isn’t effective because some days . . . you just aren’t.
You know what doesn’t fail?
What all of the best athletes I have ever had the privilege to spend time with have in spades?
Discipline is what you need if you really want to achieve your goals.
I am not talking about your short term goals. I’m talking about your big lofty “I wish” goals.
Motivation might get you out the door to train in the few weeks or even months leading up to that big race.
But discipline is what will make you a better runner and a healthier and more fit person.
Because any really hard goal takes time.
A lot of time.
It takes days, weeks, months, even years of consistent, diligent work.
And motivation doesn’t last that long, but discipline never fails.
So, next time someone asks you how you stay motivated . . .
Next time you are worried about the fact that you aren’t motivated . . .
Next time you find yourself daydreaming about that big goal wondering how you will ever get there.
I want you to say “just motivation is not enough, and instead cultivate discipline.
Go get it!
P.S. If you really want to cultivate discipline, make yourself accountable. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what it is that you really want to achieve (even if it has nothing to do with fitness or health).