Motivation is defined as the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. Discipline is defined as the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, or controlled behavior resulting from discipline. We know that life takes motivation but it’s the discipline to develop those habits that will get you results.
Someone could be motivated but not disciplined (listen to all the advice, read the "go-get-em" quotes but not take action). Lack of self-esteem is another factor that leads to lack of self discipline. Think about someone wanting to open a business? They are motivated to do so and love the idea but lack the discipline of follow through.
Don't rely on motivation to reach your goals. It is fleeting and unreliable, especially in health and fitness! Discipline, however, is unyielding. Force yourself to follow through. Things are going to come up in life that get in the way of your goals but that's no reason to let them stop you completely. Can't do a whole run? Do half of one. Don't have time to go to the gym to lift? Do pushups. Any action is better than inaction. Don't like the food you need to eat to meet your goals? Tough shit (#sorrykaren)! A little discomfort is worth the change and at the end of it you will have a mind as tough as your body.
Make yourself a set of life rules and don't share them with anyone. Abide by them and look forward to maintaining their principles. For instance, make it a rule that you take the stairs whenever possible, even if everyone else heads for the elevator. Here are a few tips:
Use technology to your advantage- smart phones are important for health and business goals, but it's easy to go down a worm-hole (or rabbit-hole) with social media, Pinterest and online shopping. iPhone users with Ios12 have the Screen Time feature that lets you set time limits for social-media apps, see a breakdown of how you're spending your time on your phone, and schedule screen downtime. Additionally, you can set timers that limit the amount of time you spend playing a game, or on your favorite time-wasting website.
Learn from failures- making mistakes is part of trying anything and can be the ultimate teacher.
Put on your adult-pants and get to work- no one is going to hand you a play-by-play to reach your unique goals. As an adult, you have to decide what needs to be done and do it and then, keep going even when you don't feel like it (as in when your motivation goes from 100 to zero!).
Start Small- Your goal can be big, but you don't need to wake up as a completely different person. For best results, pick just one thing to start tackling your big goal. Otherwise, you can overwhelm yourself with too many changes to make at once. This defeats your intention of becoming a more self-disciplined person.
To hear more tips for building self-discipline, listen to the full episode here.