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  • Luke Clough

Motivation is over rated

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Now I know this is going to raise a few eyebrows to start with...... but hear me out, I think you'll get my point!!!

 


 

We get a lot of enquiries from people who say that they just can't seem to get on with the things they need to be getting on with, and that they need more motivation. Now although that has been the revelation that has bought them to my door which I'm grateful for, we are simply not going to work on motivation. The reason for that, is that in my opinion increasing your motivation is only beneficial for a very short time period. For example, who here has watched a Rocky film where he is training in a spit and sawdust gym, or out in the snow and felt compelled to start training? I know I certainly have. The question for you is how long did it last? The most common answer is.... not very long!


A personal point here is that I get up early 4-5 times a week to hit the gym. My alarm clock goes off at 5am, and I'm in the gym working out by 5.20am. Pretty much everyone who hears me or sees me post the odd video up of this says "I don't know how you do it", or the big one thats relevant here is "Where do you get your MOTIVATION from?" I'd love to stand here and say that I have this burning desire and motivation to jump out of bed and imagine all the good benefits I'll get from working out. The harsh reality is that my motivation levels to turn the alarm off, pull up the duvet and go back to sleep are probably at a sky high point at 5am.


So how do I do it? One word..... DISCIPLINE!!!!! Although I don't want to get up, I'm disciplined to get my arse out of bed, get dressed, grab a pre workout drink and get to the gym. Heck, even whilst I'm writing this, my wife and children are enjoying the hot weather at a local splash pad. My motivation to grab my swim shorts and go with them was much higher than my motivation to stand at my desk and write blogs, but I'm disciplined enough to do what needs to be done right now!


So, what do you need to be more disciplined with? There's a whole list of areas where we can start to use discipline to completely transform our quality of life. For example:

  • Health - hitting the gym or eating better.

  • Professional - Meeting deadlines on time and prioritising tasks.

  • Social - Regularly reaching out and making time to contact friends.

  • Family - Don't let things get in the way of your pre existing plans.

I think if you were honest with yourself after reading this, you can look at yourself and notice just how much more you could do if you started to become much more disciplined. The great thing here is that you can start small, and add new things to your list of new commitments as the weeks go on.


Hit me up if you want to find out just how we can help you in the quickest way possible.


Speak soon,


Luke


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