There may be a very thin line that lies between motivation and discipline and once you understand that it can really change your life.
A bodybuilder known by the name Flex Wheeler had won the ‘Arnold Classic’ a record four times and was once described by Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the greatest bodybuilders he had ever seen. For Wheeler to be in that class, he probably had to wake up every single day at 05:00 a.m., train 7-8 hours a in the morning, get some rest and then go back to training for the rest of the evening.
Now what do you think about his successes? Was it his personal motivation to win a trophy or was it a result of self–discipline that brought him the Trophy?
When successful people are asked: “What do you do when you run out of motivation?” Their answer always comes down to this: “ I rely on discipline”. According to John Sanei, a world class motivational speaker and author from South Africa: “When you say I might do that or maybe I’ll start to train tomorrow, it that requires motivation, but when you make a decision of who you are, and what you are going to do in the future that decision is called discipline.”
In the past 4 years, I made a few decisions in my life: I look great and live in the body I accept; I am a world class Entrepreneur and my company delivers a core value, as important as providing value to people’s opinion; I am the greatest father to my daughter; I meditate every day; and I live a joyful life.
The aim to perform the best in various areas of my life requires an initial motivation to start this journey with. From time to time, it required further motivation before I could start an action that took me forward. However, to be able to keep what I become for a longer period of time it required, for the most part, discipline. A discipline that made me not to miss a single day of meditation, not to miss a single weekend with my daughter, to have the people around me at work motivated and disciplined and to win world class entrepreneurship awards in a body that weighs 25 kg less from the first day since when I was motivated to improve myself and claim who I am.
So, this decision to be what I want to be is what wakes me up at 06:00 in the morning and what makes me not to lose a single day of training in either areas of my life.
“So once you made this decision of who you are you don’t really need motivation, as it becomes the second ugly cousin of discipline”, says John Sanei.
When Jedi Luke Skywalker once told Yoda “I’ll try”, Yoda jumped of his Little Rock and pointed back at Luke and raised his voice and said: “DO OR DO NOT THERE IS NO TRY”.
I had been living by Yoda’s sentence for years now and while writing these lines it appeared to me that Yoda actually told Luke to choose discipline and not relay on motivation when he made a choice to become a Jedi.
So for all you Jedi Entrepreneurs out there, discipline seems to be your best choice when your motivation can get weak from time to time.