Have you ever had trouble staying consistently motivated? Do you find yourself wanting to work out but finding yourself sitting on the couch watching one more episode of Black Mirror instead? You want to eat right, but sometimes those brownies seem to grow feet and march straight into your mouth!
One of the things I tell my clients is that in order to optimize your success in fitness (or anything you do), you must learn to love the process. And in order to do that, you must find something you like about it.
May 2016 vs. Dec 2016
142 lbs (left) vs. 128 lbs (right)
For example, I love the process of perfecting powerlifting technique/programming and nerding out about it. Every workout, I’m treating my body as a science experiment and pondering, “according to my current knowledge, if I lift (X) today, then hypothetically I will be able to lift (Y) in the future.” Or I may be treating each repetition as a work of art, like a singer belting out a note – the more biomechanically efficient my movement is, the more beautiful I perceive it to be. I focus on what I love and the fitness effects naturally follow.
The point here is that I’m successful at fitness NOT because I love the physical discomfort of exercise (I’m not a masochist)… but I am successful because I have found aspects of fitness training that I enjoy enough to make said discomfort worth it.
So for you (because humans come in a variety of personalities), you may gravitate towards the social aspect of fitness (e.g. group classes, team events)… or the competitive parts (e.g. joining a sport)… or maybe you’re secretly a masochist and derive pleasure from suffering for the sake of suffering. Whatever your thing is, seek it out and use it to your fullest advantage, and I guarantee that you won’t encounter a lack of motivation again.
Do you agree? What drives you? Leave a comment below!