Motivation and Discipline: Quotes to Get You There

Not everyone is motivated. Not everyone is disciplined. But, those who feel they lack both of these important tenets of healthy living may struggle with staying on a regular fitness routine, or even getting started.  What better way to improve your motivation and discipline than a few powerful words from people who know what they’re talking about. But first, here are three quick tips to improve your motivation and discipline.

  • Motivate yourself by purchasing new gym clothes that are flattering for your figure; new workout duds are great motivation.
  • Improve your discipline by choosing a workout time that is convenient for your current schedule. Don’t plan for a morning workout if you’re not a morning person, etc.
  • Workout with a friend who sticks to a routine; it’s hard to back out when someone is counting on you to join.

Discipline: Tapping Into Mental Strength

“It’s about staying ahead of what happened yesterday.  When you just in your mind think…nothing’s going to stop me.  I don’t care how I felt yesterday.  I’m gonna go out today and do what I know I can do.  If you can just tell yourself…no I’m stronger than this, no I’m better than this, no I’m faster than this, no I’m tougher than this.  I think you can make it through situations that your never thought possible.”
– Sanya

If you know you can do 30 minutes in the gym, just do 30 minutes. Doing what you feel good about will allow you to tap into the things you didn’t know you could ever possibly do. The more you do, the stronger you feel, and suddenly you’re signing up for a race or taking a cross-fit class.

Motivation: One Day is All It Takes to Get Started

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

If you’re just getting started, start slow. Don’t push yourself to achieve something that you know you can’t at the moment. For example, don’t sign up for a marathon in 2 months if you’ve never run a day in your life. This only sets you up for disappointment, further setting your motivation back. Simply getting started, whether that’s walking around the block or lifting weights in your living room, is all it takes to build and nurture your own will power and motivation to do more.

Discipline:  Put it Into Perspective

“A one hour workout is 4% of your day.” – Unknown

Motivation: Be the Person You Want to Be
Put your workouts into perspective. When you consider the amount of time it takes to workout, in comparison to the time you take to contemplate going, you realize that the workout would have already been over had you just gone in the first place. 30 minutes, out of the 14 to 16 hours of waking time, is minimal compared to the results you’ll see.

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” – Dennis Waitley

Some people don’t like the gym because they feel out of place. Instead of assuming you’re not the kind of person who goes to the gym, imagine the person you want to be, and move in that direction. If you want to be someone who loves the gym, then go. You have willpower and discipline; you’re just not tapping into it yet.