3 POINTS ON FITNESS MOTIVATION
I had a great conversation with two clients of mine about motivation. More specifically, motivation for the gym.
The concern at hand was that they had a hard time "finding motivation" and when they DID, they had a "hard time keeping it". This brought up 3 big points which we discussed and I'd like to share it with you,
Have a read.
1: MOTIVATION IS SHORT TERM
First thing's first: if you rely on a short term fuel for a long term ride, you're going to have a bad trip.
Motivation is finite. It's limited and it has an expiration date. It's excellent for a quick, specific, short-term boost but once that runs out and you see the seemingly endless path ahead, you're setting yourself up for failure. Motivation didn't get you this far in life, as I'm sure the vast majority of things you do in your day-to-day aren't filled with bursting excitement.
All I'm saying is that there's a time and a place for motivation to be used. As easy as it is to pour into your engine, it's even easier to burn it out of existence.
So with said and clear, what can you do?
Take a look at point 2.
2: DISCIPLINE CAN TAKE YOU FURTHER
We all enjoy a pearly set of chompers, but I'm pretty sure you aren't "motivated" to brush your teeth every morning.
Regardless, you do brush your teeth (I hope) every morning anyway. Why? Because you have the discipline to do so, regardless of your immediate desires, surroundings or opinion on the matter.
Training in the gym is the same way. There is a level of discipline that you need to enforce in the weight room to take you through the low times, the hard times and the "this-is-he-last-place-I-want-to-be-right-now" times. It's a much better suited fuel source for your long term goals and to be blunt, it's a better character trait to have in general.
Discipline is a good thing, even though our side of the world tends to associate it with punishment.
Give it a chance to work.
3. JUST ENJOY THE RIDE
There's just as much fun to be had getting to your destination as there is to have when you finally arrive.
When I started this whole "fitness" thing it was probably the most awkward, confusing, disheartening trek I've ever taken. But sometimes you got to just strap in and ride the wave. To be honest through all those rough waves I legitimately learned things about myself and others that I would of never experienced if I didn't decide to take this it for a spin.
From the lessons learned to the people I met, to the decisions I made after that stemmed from my decisions, it was all worth it.
Plus besides, It's good to surround yourself with things that make you slightly uncomfortable. Life's too cushion-y nowadays to always walk soft footed anyway.
Both in life and in the gym, the journey is where all your memories and triumphs lay. This simple decision to start working out consistently may very well be the best decision you have ever made.
It was for me at least.
These 3 topics were the focal point of the conversation my clients and I had that day. It helped them understand their struggle a bit more and I hope it will help yours too.