Rowena Szeszeran McEvoy – College Founder of The MAX International College for Fitness Professionals gave us some tips on motivation recently.
“Everyone gets tired, feels lazy or occasionally can’t be bothered. What sets a Champion apart from the average?
A Champion bothers, even if they don’t feel like it!!”
Winter’s chilly mornings and cold; rainy days will cause some of us to go into hibernation mode, inadvertently affecting our metabolism, our fitness levels, our self-esteem and our attitudes. Many of us tend to become lazy and inactive during the colder months, preferring to snuggle up with a warm blanket, a hot chocolate and to gaze mindlessly at the television set! No matter how much better we know, we seem to fall into the same trap every year. Some people simply exist from day to day. They lack energy and are not committed. They are too tired, too bored, too lazy and can’t be bothered. It’s always too hot, too cold or too hard!
What sets the people who exercise come rain or shine, hot or cold, good days or not-so-good days apart from those who don’t? Why do some people set and achieve goals when others barely have the energy to get up out of bed in the morning, after hitting the snooze button at least three times? What is the difference between those who do, and those who don’t?
Some say it is motivation but that word needs another word as a pre-frame-SELF Motivation. Self motivated people set goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them-a little rain or cold would never stop them!. Self motivated people get up, get going and keep going until they have achieved their health and fitness goals. They don’t make excuses, they don’t procrastinate and they keep going until they achieve results. Results are the best motivation to keep going but sadly most people give up before they achieve the result. This means they miss out on the self motivation they would feel injected into their self esteem and sub conscious brain from the result.
Then there are those who wait for someone else to motivate them. What happens if that person never shows up? Motivation is not about having someone else to motivate you. It is not found in a book or a CD or a seminar!! Who motivates the people who write the books, create the CD’S and speak at the seminars? True Champions are SELF motivated!! They do not need anyone to get them out of bed; they do not need someone to hold them accountable or to help them to stay on track. Your greatest motivator has to be you!! Getting up, getting going and staying that way begins and ends with you.
According to expert opinion, self-motivation comes from one or both of two places…Wanting to gain pleasure or avoid pain!
Imagine the pure agony of not being able to fit into something you really want, or feeling lethargic and exhausted all the time or worse, being fatter or un-fitter than you are now? Imagine going up clothes sizes every year? Alternatively, imagine the sheer pleasure of slipping into something that has not fit you for years? Imagine the feeling of running your hands over your naked body in the shower, feeling your tight muscles under the soap? How much more could you do, be, have give and become if you had endless energy, you were happy and you could jump out of bed every morning feeling like you could attack the day and win??
Whatever works for you, focus on it and get going. Whether you concentrate on the pleasure your results will achieve or the pain you will feel if you don’t, create, visualise and write down your goals and see yourself achieving them or imagine how you will feel if you don’t?
Suggestion: Focus on the pleasure of the result and not the pain of the exercise program!
Now comes the ultimate achievement word: DISCIPLINE!! The word that we all know is the key to success or a lack of it means a guaranteed mediocre life…DISCIPLINE. Discipline means doing the right thing, at the right time, even if you don’t feel like it!!
“The pain of discipline is much less than the pain of regret”
“Nothing tasted as good as being fit, strong and healthy feels!”
Make TODAY the day you give up procrastination and excuses and implement Discipline!!
The MAX International College for Fitness Professionals