I think people are (unintentionally) misled sometimes when starting BJJ, that you are always going to want to go to class, you are always going to want to drill something ten thousand times, etc. And if you are one of those people who say that you are one of those people that is perpetually motivated to go to EVERY single class I would say you are either superhuman or possibly lying to yourself, however there are those few outliers/exceptions to the rule that seem to baffle everyone. Rare, but they do exist. This is really more for the 90-99% of the population that occasionally find it hard to motivate themselves to get their butts to class. And really, that’s where discipline comes in.
There are people out there (I can’t recall exactly) who say there is boredom in mastery- and they are right. Motivation is sometimes the spark to light a fire in you, but it’s mere tinder- discipline is the longer burning…stuff…that will keep the fire going and keep you in a forward momentum. It takes discipline to pull yourself together, to get yourself on the mats and still have the focus to drill and train. And there’s a good chance you will be glad after the fact that you went. Or- since we’re human and all- you may not appreciate those sessions in the moment and still trudge home exhausted and unmotivated, but remember this is a marathon, not a sprint.
So, don’t wait for motivation to get you off the couch- you aren’t motivated to brush your teeth, but you understand that you will be pretty miserable (and not very healthy) in the long run if you don’t. Jiu jitsu is much the same thing- at the bare minimum, going on a consistent basis ensures that you don’t regret neglecting that part of your health in the long run. In the best of scenarios, discipline helps carry you through those tough spots in your training, ensuring you are still developing muscle memory that will help you in the long run so you can take full advantage of those times when you are feeling more motivated.
Just some thoughts on the matter- have a great day everyone!