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Offered by: Willy Strohmeier – Colorado Karate Club

I was recently talking to a friend about his workouts (or lack thereof). He said to me: “I don’t know, I’m just not motivated lately…” I sat there and said nothing, and simply stared back while squinting a little… Knowing what I was thinking, he continued: “Yes, I know, I know… Motivation is not enough, it is discipline! I need to drag myself to the gym, even if I don’t feel like it sometimes.”

“That’s right,” I said, “ It is discipline. Motivation gets you going, discipline keeps you growing.”

I am a big fan of motivation and positive thinking. I own a large collection of motivational audio books that get my days started on the right note. On the other hand though, I also know that motivation dies out quickly, and many resolutions are abandoned just as quickly they were getting started. Without a doubt, it is discipline which carries every successful individual to the achievement of their goals.

Any true athlete knows that there is little excitement in the endless repetitions of drills and exhausting hours of physical conditioning. Business owners also know the tediousness of paying bills, taxes, and keeping up with government regulations. Just as the student who stays up late studying to earn a passing grade may not be overly enthusiastic about the task. All of these do it because they know that it is what they must do to reach their goals. They have counted the cost and are willing to do what is necessary. Even when difficult.

I like to think of both motivation and discipline, as two necessary parts of an engine. Motivation is the ignition system. It cranks the motor and gives it the first big spark. Afterward, a finely tuned (disciplined) system takes over and keeps the motor cranking along.

So yes, get motivated, light up the spark, get excited about your goals and put them into motion; but most importantly, resolve to be consistent, to be unstoppable, and to become highly disciplined in your approach, even in small things. Acquiring the habit of discipline takes time and practice. Anyone can be motivated, but only a few will remain disciplined over the long haul. I hope you will be one of them!

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