World-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin, who passed away in 2018
Basically, discipline is a myth, said Poliquin.
People always walk around looking for more ‘discipline’ or ‘willpower,’ thinking if they could just find a way to be more disciplined, they’ll be sure to finally lose that weight or gain that fitness they have always wanted.
Poliquin, however, said this: *“There is no such thing as discipline. There is only love…You are the result of what you love most.”
Think about this for a moment: The most successful people don’t have more discipline and willpower than you do. They just have more love—specifically self-love.
Think of it this way: When you really love something, it doesn’t feel like discipline to do the right thing. When you’re falling in love, it doesn’t feel like an effort to be nice to the person and treat them well, right? Similarly, if you love pizza, it’s not hard for you to eat pizza. Or if you love working out, it’s not that hard to go to the gym.
Taking it a step further: If you love pizza more than you love the thought of having the body you always wanted, then you might choose pizza and feel like you failed yourself by not being disciplined to go to the gym, but really all you did was choose pizza over the gym because you love pizza more.
Or as Poliquin put it: “You either love finely etched muscular abs more than donuts or you love donuts more than washboard abs…”.
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