Last week I heard something that has stuck with me until now. A man said, “Motivation is a feeling; discipline is a choice.”
Those words hit hard!
Motivation is not a bad thing; it just does not last. You might be motivated to do something for a week, but what happens when you do not feel like doing it anymore?
What happens after you read today’s “Monday Motivator?”
That’s where discipline kicks in.
You move into discipline when you decide to keep going, even when you do not feel like it.
Listen, if this is not for you, it is for me! Recently, I began working out consistently – just something small like running 10 minutes a day. Well, the opportunity for me to run a 5k came up. Guess what? I did it! I was so proud that I let my mind think it was okay to take a little break because “I ran 3 miles.”
After that break, I did not have the discipline to start working out. I became comfortable. That first week went from one to two to three, and I will stop there to save myself from embarrassment.
What would be the results for me physically if I decided to be disciplined and keep going?
How do you become more discipline? As I heard once, start small. Don’t set goals that are not achievable. Get some wins under your belt.
Always remind yourself that the greatest results will come out of discipline.
Then continue to choose to keep going. Know when you need a break, but do not let the break go so long that you get confrontable not doing it.
Discipline is uncomfortable, even painful. But later on, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. -Hebrews 12:11 NIV