Workout of the Day

Motivation Isn't Real


You read the title: motivation isn’t real. And while any argument on either side could be boiled down to semantics, I’ll firmly stand by the idea at the heart of that assertion.

The idea of motivation creates a counterproductive dichotomy: you are either motivated, or not. Those who are motivated will do what it takes to be successful. Those who are not motivated, will not.

While you could certainly point fingers at a “doer” and “non-doer” and label them as motivated and unmotivated, I think you’d still be wrong. The thing is, you can go and ask a dozen people, from any discipline, who exemplify the “motivated doer” type how often they feel motivated to do whatever it is they do to excel in their discipline, and I’m confident that they would report back that they don’t always feel the sort of stars-in-the-eyes, heart-on-fire motivation that we think fuels their successes. In fact, I’m willing to bet many of them feel motivated a minority of the time.

Motivation is not some highly covetable trait that you are either born with or not, and such thinking is unfair (to those who put in the effort every day) and counterproductive (to you). Cristiano Ronaldo may feel an immense calling to be a world champion at the sport of soccer, but there are mornings where he wants to stay in bed just as much as you. The difference? He gets out of bed to go train, whether he feels like it or not.

You don't have to be motivated to engage with the process.

- PS


  • 8 min EMOM:

    • 3 box jumps (as high as possible)


  • Tabata push-ups

  • Rest 2 mins

  • Tabata lunges

  • Rest 2 mins

  • Tabata burpees

  • Rest 2 min

  • Tabata air squats