It comes in various forms and everyone is motivated differently. Some people need the reminder that “hard work pays off” while others need to hear “good things come to those that wait”. Now, I’m no psychologist and will never claim to be, but I think that simply goes to show that we are all different.
What motivates me, may not inspire you and that is okay.
So what is your motivation? Why do you get up every morning and do what you do throughout the week, month after month, year after year? What are your short and long term goals? Maybe you are looking to get promotion or save up to relocate. Maybe you’re simply looking to pay for a family vacation without the use of the dreaded credit card or you want to purchase a new vehicle. On the other hand, maybe your goals aren’t about money or material items. Maybe you do what you do so you can simply spend more time with family and friends doing things that you truly enjoy doing.
Your exercise program should have goals that you are working towards. Don’t simply go to the gym to go. What are you looking to achieve? Are you looking to lose some weight (that’s the #1 reason why people start going to the gym)? How are you tracking your progress? I would hope you would use more than just that misleading scale in the bathroom, because as you work out and build muscle; that five-pounds of new muscle is taking up less space on your frame than the five-pounds of fat that you lost.
That’s one of the reasons why we see these transformation photos. It’s hard to see the changes when you look at the mirror every day. If it were that easy, we would recognize that we were putting on the unwanted weight before we stepped on the scale to see we added twenty-pounds. Think of the feeling you get when your jeans become a challenge to button. Now think about the feeling of sliding in to them and realizing you’re going to need a smaller size.
I was there. Wearing jeans with a 38” and even 40” waist. It didn’t happen overnight, but the changes happened so slow that it was hard to notice. I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because I was not seeing the results lifting weights and running on a treadmill week after week. I started making smarter food choices because I was actually seeing results and wanted to achieve my goals. Once I plateaued, I added DDP YOGA to my workouts to challenge myself.
What motivates me? It’s my family. Whether it is going to work or taking care of my health, I’m working towards all of my goals so that we can do more things together as a family.
What motivates YOU?