By Dana Mays
Motivation only knocks on the door of achievement after discipline first takes you there.
It happens to the best of us – diminishing motivation that threatens our training progress. At the beginning of our journey, we may eagerly embark with energy to spare. We enthusiastically choose a goal and pick a race. We sign up, pay the race fees, hire a coach, buy the right gear, and carve out time in our busy schedules. We watch inspirational videos, envisioning ourselves crossing the finish line to receive the medal. With this, we feel a great deal of motivation, and we train with optimism.
But as the miles begin to build, monotony sets in… and our motivation starts to dwindle. Perhaps we aren’t moving as fast or as efficiently as we want. Maybe we struggle with aches and pains, desperately trying to avoid injury while still increasing in fitness. Maybe the weather isn’t ideal, or work/family life becomes overwhelming or stressful.
Whatever our reasons for dwindling motivation, in order to continue building, we must develop and maintain DISCIPLINE to drive our efforts. But how exactly does one do that?
Here are a few tips from my own experience to help foster the type of discipline which promotes motivation and keeps us on track:
Anticipate your Excuses & Remove Potential Roadblocks.
Calendar More than Enough Time for Workouts.
Share your Goals… and your Struggles… with Important People in your Life.
Dana is a marathoner, a yogi, a triathlete, and a former D1 Cheerleader.