Discipline vs Motivation

Whether it’s achieving fitness goals, financial, life, or other goals in life. Discipline and consistency are the main factors in success. Don’t get me wrong I love some motivation, but motivation is fleeting. It comes and goes. The very definition of discipline is that it sticks around. It sticks around when you are motivated and when you are not. If it doesn’t then quite frankly you don’t have it, and maybe never had it to begin with.


Discipline is probably the hardest part in the journey to success. It’s easy to workout today. It’s easy to stick to your diet today or stick to your budget today. What is difficult is sticking to that for this month, or for the next 6 months. That is what separates our failures from our successes.


Jocko Willink is a great motivational speaker but if you listen to his podcast or speeches he doesn’t preach motivation at all. He preaches discipline. In fact is book is even entitled Discipline equals Freedom. 

Do you think a great physique is built through a constant flow of motivation or a disciplined mindset?


Christopher Burns over at Breaking Muscle asks this question in his recent article and I don’t think he could be more spot on. If you are hunting for motivation constantly your chances of achieving long term success are low. We need to seek discipline and the intrinsic motivation that comes with it.


Training 12-28-17

Fundamentals class tonight. Our professor is recovering from shoulder surgery so he’s basically down to one arm. Today was all about attacking the turtle position and since I was the highest belt in class today I got tasked to teach it.

We went over transitioning, clock choke, back take, and my favorite the tornado choke.

I love the tornado because it can look flashy but it’s simple as hell. Also it was the first choke I went lights out too. About 3 months into my BJJ journey w we’re drilling this and it was my first time. My partner who was a big guy got it in good and didn’t feel my tap and next thing I knew he was tapping me on the cheek as I woke up staring at the ceiling.

Class was followed by some open mat rolls where I got a good sweat on. This was probably my last training session of 2017 and it was nice to close out the year right.

Workout 12-27-17

Yesterday was overall a garbage day. Today I slept in and then watched my Noles win the Independence Bowl. Afterwards I was pumped and motivated so I hit the garage gym for some squats and then a game of catch with my son and his new football.


5×5 Back Squats

Workout 12-26-17

A little recovery this morning from the binge eating performed yesterday in the name of Christmas. I once heard wise words, “don’t diet during the holidays, you’ll only ruin a diet and your holiday”.


This morning I was up at an ungodly early hour for some unknown reason and couldn’t get back to sleep. On top of that all that food last night wasn’t agreeing with my body so I suited up in my warm clothes and took the dogs out for a long morning walk.

It’s unusual for me to be out and about before the sun is up for a workout so it was kind of nice to plug in the music and walk around the darkness. Also I saw a few shooting stars out this morning since the sky was so clear. Today is an incredibly long day at work and tomorrow will be a return to the weights and barbell.


2 mile walk.

Workout 12-24-17

I saw a bunch of “12 Days of Fitmas” style workouts this week so I decided today to try one.

To do it it goes just like the song. Reps are 1, 2&1, 3&2&1, 4&3&2&1, and so on until you reach 12. Much harder than it looks on paper so plan accordingly.


1 pull up

2 toes 2 bar

3 power cleans

4 bench dips

5 push press

6 ball slams

7 air squats

8 hand release push ups

9 DB bicep curls

10 KB high pull

11 abmat situps

12 burpees

Workout 12-23-17

It’s Christmas Eve Eve! Hit a Saturday morning workout. Work has been kicking my butt lately so getting in a workout this morning was something I have been looking forward to.


1-10-1 – Bicep Barbell Curls
3×10 – Bench Press

EMOM – 12 Minutes
3 Squat Cleans

5 Rounds
10 Slam Ball Thruster
10 Ball Slam