The Key Ingredient to Success is Discipline by Coach Jamie

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“The key ingredient to success is Discipline”

Motivation comes and goes. It may last an hour, a day, a week – but is not constant. The reason for this is that motivation is situational. It is based on your current situation and how you feel. One day you may wake up deciding you are going to have a lifestyle change and run a marathon. After one week of training, body hurting, and a Saturday night out, 10 pints down – you begin to feel suddenly not so motivated and the idea of running that marathon drifts further away. You don’t have to do it so you don’t.  But then you feel worse and more stuck than ever, letting your goals slip away!

Motivation is everywhere; people are always trying to make a change. They read up on a new sport/activity; buy all the latest equipment to motivate them to follow through. But this only leaves them motivated and rarely leads to action.

To achieve your Goals you Don’t Need Motivation you Need “Discipline”.  Discipline is something else all together. Discipline is planned, repeated and done without question – whether you want to or not.

Motivation is of course the start of any goal, target or reason for getting into any new task, but discipline is what drives success and goal achievement.

How to become more disciplined?
-Excuses?…Get rid of them.  Any excuse is a bad excuse and doesn’t belong in your routine.
-Create a routine; program yourself like a robot. I have to train today so that’s what I am going to do. There is no more emotion involved. No more “I’m too tired” or “it’s too cold out”.
-You need to create a plan of attack. You don’t wake up in the morning and think about whether you are going to train today or not. You now have structure in your life, the decision has been made…. You just Do It.

Make the decision, set goals, invest in it and keep going.
Of course before setting in place routine, you need to understand that some days will be easy, some will be hard. This is where you weigh up the pros and cons and decide if this is what you want to do.
Once decided – it is important to set SMART Goals to keep you motivated and following your routine.

These goals should be:
Specific: Ideal weight, body fat %, back squat, 500M row test etc
Measureable: Something you can measure to see performance and progression
Achievable: Not too far in the distant future
Realistic: Start small so you can see constant progression
Timed: Set a deadline, this will enhance determination and motivation.

Invest in it. Make NOT achieving painful. An investment in your training will sort out your priorities and keep you on track. People often spend most time where they spend most money!

Keep On Going
When you really want to stop and give up… Don’t stop, Keep going. Discipline doesn’t depend on whether you feel like it or not, it just happens. You are closer to your goals than you where when you started so why stop now? And when you have finally achieved what you have set out to do, set new goals. Take a second to see what you have achieved, how much better you feel. Then realize that you are only beginning to see the capabilities of your mind and body so keep on going.

Finally – tell your Brain to Shut Up!
It’s not a question of whether you can do it or not. Its just that your brain doesn’t want to. So get up and do it anyway because chances are you are going to be in a much better place once you are finished than before you started.

So get up and get training. You don’t need more motivation you need discipline!

Coach Jamie

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