Motivation. Discipline. People sometimes use these words as if they mean the same.
They are not the same thing.
Not entirely mutually exclusive, as one will build on the other, however how we think about motivation versus discipline is all-important to how we approach our training goals, including in self defence or martial arts.
Motivation is a desire to to something. Discipline is the practice of doing something according to personal rules or a code of behaviour.
Motivation is temporary, fickle and fluid. Discipline is long term, habitual and fixed. It’s something you do, not something you occasionally get.
Let this perspective guide you towards your training goals. If motivation can push you a long a bit, or to get you started, it’s discipline that will ensure the consistency and time required to get where you want to be.
You need to create habits. Habits come from discipline. The more you accept this, the better your training will become. The driving force of the brain is to create automatic patterns (discipline) so it doesn’t have to use too much power on these (motivation).
Research indicates that it takes around 21 days to form a new habit - and 66 days to make the behaviour automatic. This applies to bad (but reversible) habits too.
So it’s just about time. You can create life-changing discipline within a couple of months. Whatever your goal is. What’s stopping you?
KRAV MAGA LIFE and KRAV MAGA INSPIRATION are short pieces of succinct brevity aimed at capturing the discipline and positivity behind the Krav Maga lifestyle.