A few months ago, I was talking about motivation and how it can cripple people. The reason I’m not a fan of motivation is because it comes and goes. Yes, it can work for a little bit. Maybe even a couple of weeks or a month. But in the long run, it doesn’t last. What does last is…..DISCIPLINE.
I waited to talk about discipline until now because of the holiday season ahead of us. Let’s face it, this is when most people fall off the wagon. You were doing pretty good throughout the whole year. You ate well and made your training sessions. Then you get into autopilot and coast the rest of the year. The problem with that is you gain weight and get out of shape real quick. You spend January getting caught up and you can probably agree that it’s harder to get back to where you were.
This is where DISCIPLINE comes into play. It’s going to be DISCIPLINE, not motivation that will keep you on track. There will not be enough likes for your selfie or status this will help you. Nobody will do it for you or care if you fall off.
Let’s take away all the excuses:
-It’s cold outside and a warm bed feels better
-Holiday parties with family, friends, and co workers
-I’ll wait to get back on track next month
When you look at the above excuses, these are short terms of gratification. More than likely, if you stay in bed instead of making your training sessions, you’ll feel “comfortable” for the hour you spent in bed and horrible for the rest of the day because you caved to the instant gratification.
Stay disciplined through this holiday season. Don’t cave to instant gratification.
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Michael has been working with clients in the gym and countless adults in a physical therapy setting since 2013. He spent 3 semesters working at Towson University with student-athletes from nearly every sport at the school. He served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Kennard-Dale High School during the 2019-2020 school year. His goal is to always get better and give you the safest and most effective use of your time at First Capital Gym.