It can’t be motivation alone

I’ll do it tomorrow

You’ve woken up first thing in the morning knowing all too well that you promised yourself that this was going to be the morning where everything changed. You were going to go to the gym and workout before you go to work and do everything else you need to do in your daily routine. You actually had a decent sleep and feel okay. But there is something that is weighing you down and convincing you to stay in bed.

Is it fear of failure? Thinking that this decision will only last several days at best before you fall back into your normal patterns. Is it a fear of commitment? The fact that you’ve made this decision and no-one else is involved has made you unaccountable and therefor able to stay in bed without any repercussions.

Or is it the fact that you do not have an end goal in mind? I’m betting on this.

You decide to start your commitment tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes.

Own your decision and commit

We need to have something to strive towards. Something tangible too! Losing 10kg’s just isn’t enough (for most people) to make the commitment and ride through the ups and downs of dedication. There needs to be a reason from beyond, a dream that you’d like to fulfill. But this dream needs hours and hours of work adhered to.

What is something you would love to achieve if you had all the time in the world to achieve it? Let’s say it is something that would take you 2 years to get to if you started chipping away one hour a day every other day in the week. Okay 4 hours a week still seems a little steep in your already busy schedule. How about 30 minutes every other day to dedicate towards achieving your desired goal? That’s got to sound a lot more attractive yes?

To achieve your desired goal you’ll need to throw away the idea of ‘never enough time’ and ‘It’s too far away and will take too long’ excuses like I used to use. You’ll soon find that if you can stick at this 30 minutes 4 times a week routine for just one month that there will be increases in your ability of chosen field!

It’s a commitment to yourself that you deserve.

Your first steps

If you want to run a marathon you’ll need to run 10km first. To run 10km you’ll need to first see if you can run 3km.

These distances above are honestly nothing in the scheme of time in your life. If you begin to go for interval runs of 250m jogging/ 50-100m walk for as many times as your body can handle, you will soon find yourself pushing for 500m jogs and so on. You’ll have to listen to your body too. Your body will need to adapt to this training load just as your mind has had to adapt to your decision to start allowing time to grow yourself towards a desired goal.

It’s like neuroplasticity in the way that each time you push yourself that little bit further in area’s slightly out of your comfort zone, you will find yourself adapting to that stimulus and then going one step further each time.

Motivation

Motivation alone won’t get you there.

Motivation is with you for only 10% of the time…at least that’s what I would say it is for me. By implementing a routine where you know you need be at the gym to practice your stair master pacing before focusing on a compound lift of that particular day at 6am because you need to do this to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in 18 months time, you’ve given yourself a reason to get out of bed. If you don’t, you’ve quite possibly set your goal back another day…or more.

Let’s say this morning where you need to get out of bed at 5:40am to get to the gym you’ve found that you have no drive to get out of that warm bed. It’s hard isn’t it? You could sleep for another 80 minutes and resume your normal day and tell yourself that you’ll do your planned workout tomorrow. But this is where you need to know that your desired goal is the thing you really want. Can you truly picture yourself on top of that mountain? Are you willing to take all the steps along the way to get there with or without motivational spurts?

There will be times where you feel like King Kong and want to train more than you should. There will be times where you are in a slump and you feel like you’re kind of going backwards in some area’s. There will be times where you don’t want to get out of bed. There will be times where you want to give up and cry…

My advice,

Pour that coffee and chug it down. Get that playlist pumping in your eardrums. Affirm to yourself that you are the only person responsible for you. Go get after it!

You deserve it!

Conclusion

If you don’t start now, you’ve only put yourself a day further away from reaching your goal, your new you.

I know it’s incredibly hard to picture yourself doing that thing you’ve always wanted to do right now. I really do. But if you just put aside that small window of time every other day if not every, even if it’s 10 minutes, you will soon find yourself evolving into the person you’ve always wanted to be.

Please don’t rely on motivation alone to get you there. Motivation is only with you 10% of the time. Can you really get to where you want with only 10% of fuel in the tank?

Closing thought

Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.

Roy T. Bennett

Nick Donnellan

Self awareness if progression

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