Motivation”doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done when we want to do it.
Discipline “doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done when we don’t want to do it
I saw the above picture and definitions on tumblr, I liked it. I added it to my fitness facebook page. But then I reread it again and again and again. I started questioning whether I agreed. I am coming to the conclusion that I don’t really agree with these definitions.
To me discipline is taking focusing to the next level, knowing their is an easier way left or right, but staying focused on the path straight ahead. Knowing where your faults and weaknesses are, but not ALWAYS succumbing. (sometimes you can stray & have some fun…) Discipline is the summit of self-control. You can use discipline when you don’t or do want to do whatever task it is. On the other hand, motivation is pushing yourself past being comfortable whether you want to do it or not.
Then on the other hand, my definitions change regarding somebody. Someone can look at your discipline and get motivation (or motivated) to change their own life. Someone can look at your motivation to keep going even though it is clear you’re struggling and that can change their lives.
I am very interested in your views of motivation and discipline in regards to fitness, your nutrition, life, children, work etc. What are you definitions? Are they contextual? Leave your thoughts!