My personal journey in CrossFit started about 8-1/2 years ago. Over those years there have been very few occasions that I did not WOD 4-5 times a week. That means that I have either just reached or am about to complete my 2000th WOD.
Some of those weeks or months I was very motivated and maybe training for a local competition, the CrossFit Open, or a race that gave me a goal or at least a deadline for performance. Most of those weeks I was not “motivated”. I would argue that the majority of my training as an adult has not been a result of motivation. The definition of motivation is “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something”. In much of my personal and work life, I tend to avoid verbs that tie back to emotions. Emotions are never right or wrong because you feel them the same either way. Because of this, I think it is not possible for you to consistently “feel” motivated because feelings are inconsistent.
So now we have a conundrum. I want to consistently workout, but I don’t consistently feel motivated to do so. The answer is simple, get up, put your shoes on, and go to the gym. The path of consistency is paved on the road of Discipline.
“Don’t just think. Don’t just talk. Don’t just dream. None of that matters. The only thing that matters is that you actually do. So: DO.” – Jocko Willink
Motivation can be elusive, but discipline is simple. You decide that you are going to work out and then you go work out. This always starts the night before for me. I determine before I go to bed that I am going to the gym in the morning. Not only is this a mental decision but it becomes asphysical act because I like to lay my workout clothes out before I go to bed. At that point, I am committed. Consistently working out over a period of time will turn into discipline and once discipline is achieved then motivation turns into a reward instead of catalyst.
When you feel motivation, enjoy, the weights are light. When you don’t feel motivated, the weights are heavy, but they still have to be moved.