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Discipline beats motivation, in the long run, every time. I love this topic because there is so much confusion about what it takes to get that desired physique or stick to eating healthy. A lot of people purely rely on motivation to drive their hunger for results. People often ask me what it takes to obtain the fitness and health goals they desire. Everyone’s goals are a little different, but there are two things I consider to be the secret to earn those envisioned goals.

Most importantly, the inner confidence you carry and see in yourself is so rewarding.

Discipline combined with consistency is the key. It doesn’t matter if it’s with school, your career, or your fitness and health goals, discipline and consistency will unlock your potential to the next level and beyond. Motivation is all fine and good, but it will only take you so far. We all need motivation from time to time. There are those days when you just aren’t feeling like going to the gym, so you throw on your favourite song to get pumped up reminding yourself of your goals. However, I view motivation as a tool rather than a means of sticking with a fit and healthy lifestyle. Motivation is so fleeting. It’s tough to find motivation day in and day out when life hits you with unexpected obstacles.

Discipline on the other hand is synchronized much better with the everyday healthy lifestyle. Are you a disciplined person? There is so much self-respect and personal pride in knowing you carry out a disciplined lifestyle. People can see it beaming from the way you carry yourself, and when you apply it to your fitness and diet, people can see the physical and positive emotional results. Most importantly, the inner confidence you carry and see in yourself is so rewarding. If it was easy everyone would be disciplined. You have to take a good look at yourself from the inside out. Ask yourself: “Who am I and what do I want for myself? What do I deserve?!”

Discipline combined with consistency is a powerful combination for life-changing results. The lifestyle you live will provide you with self-respect and the respect of others. Think of motivation as a tool to throw into the mix to help. Motivation is all great but remember it’s not the driving force for striving towards your goals day after day. Use it as an instrument to add to your success. You have what it takes!

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Born and raised in Idaho, Luke Matthews is a United States Marine Corps veteran and athlete. He played both baseball and basketball growing up, continuing his athletic career through college and into the professional European league. After baseball, Luke entered the world of men’s physique bodybuilding where he competed for 5 years. This eventually led to a career in fitness & lifestyle modelling. Additionally, Luke is a certified ACE personal trainer, which makes him highly desirable for his knowledge and professionalism.

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