By Michelle Ishio (Resident Post Pregnancy Rehab Specialist and Wellness/Fitness Expert)
Motivation comes and goes. Because motivation taps so greatly into our "emotional brain", it fluctuates.
Motivation is dependent on situation. When a support system is in place, or a partner is available, or money is plenty, or etc, motivation is easier to maintain. What happens when any of that is gone, or intermittent? It can affect motivation, to the point that it may not exist for a span of time, or exist anymore.
Motivation only goes so far. People seek motivation; putting together an activity group/partner, reading a book, watching a show, attending a work-shop. So now, people are motivated, but then what? Motivation doesn't always mean action, or more importantly, consistent action.
Here is why it's so important to FOCUS MORE on Discipline.
Discipline is not dependent on emotions. It doesn't matter if you feel like it, or your partner can't make it, or the extra money isn't available. You will find a way to move forward some way or another.
Discipline is intentional. It is every single time. It is not emotional. It is consistent. This is what makes discipline, discipline, and the key for any goal to succeed over most any other character trait.
Discipline will give your consistent results, for your consistent work. How motivational is that?...yes, a re-uptake of motivation; a spark for forward movement, through-out your process :-).
So You Want To Be More Disciplined.
Decide if it's really worth it. Any thing you choose to do, you are always having to sacrifice, so figure out what you will have to sacrafice upfront.
Stop making excuses. They are useless. Period.
Create a schedule. Stick to it. You need to create a routine. We all have busy lives, especially when there is a demanding job and/or kids involved. Something will always get in the way. So schedule yourself, like you schedule things for your job, and your family.
If you feel stuck, remember why you decided it's important, it's worth it, you are worth it.