As I mentioned in A strong body follows a strong mind, it is extremely important that you don’t just rely on motivation, you need to cultivate discipline. Because when motivation fails, when it’s raining outside and you are tired and lazy and would rather stay in your bed and watch a movie, discipline will kick your backside off the bed, drag you to your shoes and make you go out and sweat it out. And that’s really, really important.
So how can you reach that level of discipline?
- When you have the motivation, and it’s running high, squeeze every bit of work you can out of it. Develop a routine, a habit. Because your body will then begin to expect you to work out, your mind will want you to. That’s called discipline.
- To develop a habit, you need a plan. It’s best that you set the same time to work out everyday, and definitely plan out your entire week, so you are mentally prepared. You don’t have to write them down. You don’t have to limit yourself by penning down which exercises to do and how many reps/sets you are going to do. Trust yourself to just, do the workout. During the workout, you can gauge your energy levels and accordingly be flexible with your workouts.
Go in front of a mirror. Look at yourself. See how much you have changed. Realize how much more you have to go.
- Once you do this, it won’t be hard to stick to these habits. But it won’t be easy either. So how can you push yourself on a really low day? Go in front of a mirror. Look at yourself. See how much you have changed. Realize how much more you have to go. If your goals are not looks related but more strength and ability related, remember the last time you did push-ups. Remember how many you did. Just imagine what it would feel like to beat your best, to realize how much stronger you have grown.
If this doesn’t work, nothing will. But this is going to work I bet it will!