Everybody knows and agrees that if you want to achieve extraordinary results, you need to work hard every single day. But how do you get yourself to do that?
Motivation is very powerful. If you have a source of motivation — perhaps an upcoming competition or a desire to beat a rival — you will work very hard. The only problem is if that source of motivation disappears, suddenly your willingness to work hard goes away too. If that competition you've been training so hard for is suddenly cancelled, will you still continue to work as hard? Or if that rival you've been looking to defeat were to retire, will you still want to work as hard as you did before? Probably not in both cases. So, while motivation can be very powerful, it can also go away very easily.
Something that's a whole lot more reliable is discipline. When you have discipline, you can force yourself to do things you really don't want to do. But you'll do it anyway because you have a certain goal you wish to achieve. You might not like waking up at 5am to go for a jog but if you want to achieve a certain fitness goal, you might do this if you are convinced it will help you get the result you want. Or you might not like to eat salad but you do so anyway because you're trying to make weight. No doubt, discipline is very powerful. But is it sustainable? How long can you go on doing something you don't like? For a while, yes. But for years? Unlikely.
So, is there anything that is more reliable than motivation and easier than discipline? Yes, it's called love. If you love what you do, you'll readily do it day in and day out. Arnold Schwarzenegger was said to be always smiling whenever he was in the gym because he loved working out so much.
Of course there will be aspects of your training that you might not particularly like but what's important is that you enjoy the overall experience of the training. If you do, you're in luck because that means you will excel.
It's hard to beat someone who's having fun because they will train without the need for any motivation or discipline. They will do it because they like doing it. But it's not something that can be forced. You can't will yourself into liking something you actually do not like.
So, what do you do if you don't like judo training? You could try to find a source of motivation. Or you could steel yourself up to become a very disciplined player who is willing to do all the boring drills. But you can never psych or will yourself into loving it. In the long run, you will fail.
So, if you really don't love doing something, perhaps you need to ask yourself why you are doing it in the first place. Perhaps what you should do is find something else to do that you actually do enjoy.
The key to working hard every single day