Fuck motivation – discipline is what you need

I got an email in early January from Nerd Fitness, I subscribed to Steve Kamb’s site a while ago and he sends out some incredibly nerdy, but incredibly useful and inspiring emails, but this one was like a big old punch in the face, it was called

Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions. Do this Instead.

he put a link to this…

Fuck motivation

It is perfect, it sums it up beautifully, because this is me! I can’t count (well, I could, but it would take days and I don’t want to) the amount of times I’ve written that I’ve lost my motivation, it would be a load more, but it’s more than likely that I lost my motivation for writing about training when I lost it for actually training.  The point is, I always felt like I’d lost my motivation and just waited for it to come back. Quite a lot of the time it never did, or didn’t for absolutely fucking months and then I’d put on 10kgs and running and cycling hurt so I didn’t bother, or even when I as training hard I’d skip a few sessions because I didn’t feel like it.  This article made me realise that motivation is bullshit. I need discipline. Motivation will be great, it will make it easier to get out of the door, but it’s discipline that’s needed and it’s discipline that I’m going to implement.

Making the decision to get up at 5am and get the early train so I can run for an hour at lunch is easy, the actual getting out of bed is the hard part, and when I don’t feel like it I could blame motivation, but I’m not going to. I’m going to get my arse out of bed and get the early train.  I’ve managed that on both days I planned this week, which is a good start, it’s all I can do at the moment.

I urge you to read the full article: Stop Making New Year’s Resolutions. Do this Instead.


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