Motivation vs Discipline

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I’m fortunate to work with high school athletes on a daily basis as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. In that role I’m afforded the opportunity to watch kids develop yearly, monthly, weekly, daily – even minute by minute. It’s tremendously rewarding. I’ve also learned that adults sometimes believe that motivation is, on its face, enough to spur kids to success.


A common refrain from sport coaches is something along the lines of “They know what they need to do and they should want to!” However, it’s important to remember that many adults know WHAT they SHOULD do, yet sometimes struggle to do it. It’s human nature. What often separates those who have success in a given endeavor from those who don’t is their level of discipline

Case in point – if a sport coach doesn’t explain the importance of kids getting to the weight room or fails to create a culture where strength training is emphasized, the result will be subpar. This despite the fact that most coaches KNOW that creating accountability is paramount to team success. Without realizing it, we can sometimes set a poor example of knowing what to do but not following through!

I’m not here to yell at you!


As a coach, my job has very little to do with motivation. Yes, I want to create an environment that creates interest and excitement. But at its core, my job is to help you develop the skills and discipline required to make the right choice even when it’s the hard choice. The hard choice can be as simple as avoiding the snooze button when the alarm goes off. The hard choice may require more planning, like making a conscious decision before you enter the restaurant to order a grilled chicken breast and steamed veggies instead of off the menu everyone else is ordering from.

Regardless of the degree of difficulty, it’s very rare to see someone motivated to make the hard choice.


Don’t believe me? Tell me the last time you hopped out of bed, filled with enthusiasm when the alarm went off at 5 am (vacation, right?). Better yet, what happened when you chose the healthier lunch option? Did your co-workers give you a hard time? “Enjoying your rabbit food, Jim?” they might ask between mouthfuls of French fries. Not very motivating, is it?

Again, you’re rarely going to feel motivated to do what is difficult. It’s hard work and it’s not easy. The best way to overcome that inertia is to have a plan and maintain the discipline to ruthlessly execute it, even in a challenging environment.

Interested in developing greater discipline?

At Vitalifit our goal is to simply the process of becoming healthier so YOU can execute. We will help you become more disciplined in your approach to your health, rather than lean on those fleeting moments of motivation. If you’re looking for additional help and guidance contact us today to join the Vitalifit Coaching Program that is right for you.