Motivation vs Willpower
Good morning everybody. I am Bill Jones, I am the head instructor of Top Level Martial Arts in beautiful downtown Cuyahoga Falls. And I am also the co-host of the Black Belt Tips podcast also shot right here in beautiful downtown Cuyahoga Falls.
Today I’m coming to you with a great podcast and it is about willpower is greater than motivation. All right guys, so maybe this has happened to you. You tell me. Do me a favor, leave a thumbs up or something or even a comment below if you can think of an example where this was something that happened to you. But have you ever been motivated to do something, like you watch a video or you read something or whatever and you’re like, “You know what, now’s the time.” Right? Or maybe we’ve got New Years coming up, we’re all motivated to lose weight, get in better shape, reach that goal that we have. You’re motivated for it. And what happens over time? I can tell you that statistically most people’s New Years resolutions are gone, done, finito, by the first two weeks of January.
So has that happened to you? Do you know someone like that who’s like, “Man, if I could just get motivated, I would be able to do this. I just need some motivation. I just need some inspiration for it” right? And I’m not going to discount that motivation and inspiration are great, and that doing things that can create motivation and inspiration are cool and they’re good. But I’m going to tell you here, remember, we’re talking about the things that people do to be successful. The black belts in life. That’s who we’re trying to be. And what did they do differently? And we’re going to talk about a lot of different things. I’ve got a ton of stuff to go over here in the future, so make sure you tune in for future episodes.
But the big thing that they do different is they don’t depend on motivation. They know the secret is that motivation will not get you to your goal. It just won’t do it. It’s willpower. Another word for willpower is self-discipline. It’s the willpower to continue. Even in small ways, and we’re going to talk next time about what we call small habits or winning by percentages, but right now if you are waiting to be motivated, you are more likely to fail.
Think about it this way. How many of you are parents? If you’re a parent out there, hit the little heart button, right? That little heart. Hit that thing. That doesn’t look like a heart. There it is, heart. Hit the hearts, make them float across the screen, if you’re a parent. How many moms out there and dads and your youngest baby, this small baby and in the middle of the night the baby’s crying and wants fed. You wake up, you feed, you change a diaper, you put the baby back to sleep, oh great, thank goodness. And then we go back to bed. And then two hours later, wallah, there it is again. Guys, that is not motivation that gets you through that. That is willpower.
Because what happens the next morning? Now you take the baby to the sitter or whatever and you go to work, you’ve slept three hours. The only thing that gets you through that is sheer power of will. It is the most powerful thing that we have as a human being. And it is willpower. But you have to learn to harness that same willpower that got you to feed your child and then go to work, you need to take that willpower and then put it into everything else. And that is why willpower is far more powerful than motivation.
All right, so guys here’s what I want you to do. Give it a thumbs up, give it a like, give it a share if you think that this is a positive message. I will be back next time, we’re going to be talking about winning by percentages. Remember guys, willpower is greater than motivation. I will talk to your later. Maybe I’ll hit this finish button at some point. Thanks for watching.