The Difference Between Discipline & Motivation

It’s January, and like every year, we all promise ourselves that we will do something awesome, finally making a much-needed change in our lives and our attitude.

Modes are like season; they change. For a goal worth pursuing, we can’t trust “motivation.” I have seen it year after year; hundreds of people walk through our doors, looking to improve their physical fitness, reduce their anxiety and make new friends. They made the right call, except there’s one problem – training works only when they show up and work hard. Signing up for a gym membership isn’t a life change. Showing up every day is what makes the difference.

I trust discipline. Not motivation.

Discipline is about making the right choices and taking action, even when you don’t feel like it. It’s about developing good habits and sticking to them, even when faced with obstacles or setbacks. In many cases, discipline is a more reliable foundation for achieving success than motivation alone. It helps you take consistent action even when you’re not feeling particularly motivated.

Discipline is an essential quality that can help us achieve our goals and lead a more prosperous and fulfilling life. It’s the ability to control our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and to consistently make choices that align with our values and priorities. Discipline allows us to follow through on our commitments, even when we’re faced with challenges or distractions. It helps us to stay focused and achieve our goals rather than being swayed by our impulses or external circumstances.

There are many benefits to building discipline, and it’s often a more reliable foundation for success than motivation alone.

Here are just a few reasons why discipline is better than just having motivation:

  1. Consistency is key. Motivation can come and go, and it can be challenging to predict when it will be present or absent. Discipline, on the other hand, is about making consistent choices and taking consistent action, regardless of how you feel. This means that you can still make progress toward your goals even when you’re not feeling particularly motivated.

  2. Stay focused. When you’re motivated, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of pursuing your goals. However, life often gets in the way of making your dreams come true. It is hard to stay focused and avoid distractions. Discipline helps you stay focused on priorities and avoid getting sidetracked by less important tasks or activities.

  3. Results oriented. Motivation is a powerful force, but more is needed to achieve your goals. Discipline is what allows you to take consistent action and make progress toward your goals, even when you need more motivation. As a result, discipline often leads to better results in the long run.

  4. Discipline helps you to build good habits. Habits are an important part of our lives, and they can either help or hinder our progress. Discipline allows us to develop good habits that support our goals and lead us toward success. For example, if your goal is to get in shape, discipline can help you to develop the habit of exercising regularly, even when you don’t feel like it.

  5. Discipline helps you to overcome setbacks. Life is full of challenges and setbacks, and it’s easy to become discouraged or lose motivation when faced with these obstacles. Discipline, however, helps you to persevere and keep moving forward, even when things aren’t going as planned. It allows you to stay focused on your goals and keep working towards them rather than giving up.

In conclusion, discipline is an essential quality that is all about consistently making the right choices and taking action, even when we don’t feel like it. It allows us to stay focused, build good habits, and overcome setbacks, while offering a reliable foundation for success.

You don’t build an empire with motivation alone. 

Do something amazing,

Tsahi Shemesh

Founder & CEO

Krav Maga Experts