Discipline vs. Motivation

Do you often find yourself lacking the motivation to accomplish your goals? Do you believe that motivation is the key to success? Well, you might need to think again.

Motivation and discipline are two words that we often use interchangeably, but in reality, they are quite different. 

Motivation is the process of taking action to achieve a goal, whereas discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior. The latter focuses on control gained by enforcing obedience or order, and that is why it is the more important of the two.

Discipline is what sets successful people apart from the rest. According to studies, people with self-discipline are happier because they usually accomplish their goals. This is because discipline allows you to create better behavioral patterns that help you achieve your goals consistently.

As a Pilates instructor, I have seen the benefits of discipline firsthand. Romana’s Pilates instructors, in particular, are the most disciplined teachers out there. They keep up their own individual Pilates practice and make it happen every day. If you want to accomplish your goals, you need to build discipline, just like you would build muscle. You have to train it and build it.

So, how do you build discipline? 

Start by looking at your schedule and finding little pockets of time. We all have small pockets of time that we tend to waste on unimportant things like social media, watching TV, or doing something that wastes time. Instead, use those pockets of time to schedule your workouts. It might be 15 minutes, 30-45 minutes, or even an hour, but make sure to schedule it in and commit to it.

When it’s time for your workout, set a timer and hit the “go” button! Remember that discipline is not about being perfect; it’s about being consistent. You might have days where you don’t feel motivated to work out, but if you have built the discipline to do it consistently, you will get it done regardless.

In conclusion, motivation is great, but discipline is what you need to accomplish your goals consistently. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you don’t feel motivated; instead, focus on building the discipline to get it done. Start small, build consistency, and you will be on your way to success. If you need help or accountability, reach out to us so we can help you stay on track or celebrate with you when you get your workout in!

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