Motivation is Bullshit
[originally sent as a newsletter email at 9:40 pm on Sunday, 9/9]
"It's really hard to guarantee things in life. But I guarantee if you get up in the morning and you work out and you work hard, you will have a better day - 100% guaranteed." - Jocko Willink
Everyone needs anchors - those consistent habits and routines that ground you, create a sense of stability. When you begin to float adrift, it's the anchor that ensures you stay secure. Occasionally we'll draw up those anchors in order to enjoy the fast-moving, "wind in your hair" good life. More often, those anchors may get dislodged due to stormy seas and high tides. It's up to us to look past the dark clouds and ride out the storm.
For the past 2.5 years, my daily workout regimen has been my anchor. Every. Single. Day. Most days, my routine is consistent. I wake up, drink 20 ounces of water with a good pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt, then get outside and enjoy a quick walk and some sunlight to start my day. I stretch, breathe, move, eat, and THEN get my day started. Of course, it's never perfect, nor does this happen every morning... but it's a routine nonetheless, and one that grounds me.
This past weekend, I had the privilege and pleasure of celebrating the marriage of two of my very dear friends, in the company of many other very dear friends. A good time was had by all. Things have been both busy and stressful lately, so it was a welcomed break, both mentally and physically. The thing is, it's now late on Sunday night and I'm still writing this email to you. I've also yet to get my workout in for the day. You see, sometimes when things get tough (OR, if things are really good, like this weekend), it's easy to pull up the anchor or not worry too much about drifting here or there. In the micro, it's not really ever a big deal. In the macro, it means everything.
So as you receive this e-mail, I'll be heading out the door to knock out that workout. Tomorrow morning, I'll wake up and get right back to it as well. Motivation is bullshit. Motivation means nothing at 9:40 at night. Discipline is everything. I've made a commitment to myself, and I'm not going to let the streak die on day number 940-something either. Day #1,000 is November 9th, 2018, and there will be a party. You're invited. I plan on having a damn good time, and I'm not going to spoil that today. In the meantime, We've got plenty to plug in to this month here at GS Nation. We'll be rolling out some new features and progressions here shortly as well, so stay tuned and tell your friends to check us out too!