You may have noticed the blog has been a bit sparse of late.
I offer no excuses, I’ve simply been a combination of:
- Working on another project
- Spending “quality” time with my family
- being unfocused and a little unmotivated.
Not something people usually associate with me, well not since school.
This got me thinking.
You must have noticed the massive surge in motivational pictures and phrases spewing forth from your computer screen everytime you log into facebook.
Yet, here I am look at them and not feeling even the slightest smidge of motivation rising in me.
I wonder if anyone really ever does.
Who has ever looked at one these meme’s and then actually got of their arse and done something awesome?
I bet the answer is none.
The most these things tend to do is motivate you to click either on “Like” or “Ban User”
So. How do we get motivated?
I’m no life coach (thank god!), nor am I a psychologist. I am a coach, a guy that makes a living motivating people to push out that last rep, to add that little bit more the the bar, to come again the following week.
So I tend to look at motivation through the eyes of an athlete, an active person, a fighter.
And this is what I think:
- SAID principle
This is pretty much lesson one in Fitness Instructor school. It stands on “Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand”
Essentially it mean that if you overload a muscle, it will be motivated to adapt to that stress by getting stronger. Simple.
Does this only apply to muscles? Hell No!
When you do something or think something, this starts to create a pathway. Each time you do this thing again, the pathway gets clearer and easier to travel, before long the behaviour becomes pathed out so clearly it becomes the easiest route to follow.
That’s a bit metaphorical, but stick the word “myelination” into Google and read about how neural pathways are strengthened through repetitive use.
- An eye on the prize
People talk about setting goals and using these for motivation. This is cool idea, but do you notice how everyone puts down massive goals and then fails to even get started. The goal is so lofty that it becomes de-motivating.
Yeah, there are those amongst us that look at the most ridiculous challenges with an attitude of “Bring It!”
But most don’t, we look for the path of least resistance.
So for these people the best option is break whatever goal you have into small steps. Think of it as a road trip.
You know where you start (hopefully) and you know where you want to drive to, so plan the route, figure out the fuel stops and the overnight stays. Break the journey into small segments and it’s easy. Do it in a single sitting and you’ll probably end up in a ditch.
This is how you achieve pretty much anything.
A marathon is run one step a ta time.
A double bodyweight deadlift is achieved one workout at a time.
- Understanding the Why
One of my old martial arts coaches used to tell us “Understand the Why and the How will become clear”
Why do you want to be this motivated person? Why do you want to achieve this thing you are trying to achieve?
Figure this out and then re read the above two points.
By figuring out the why you move towards whats known as intrinsic motivation, ie a real reason for promoting your well being as opposed to an extrinsic reason which is essentially keeping up with the Joneses
- Habits & Routines.
When my competitors train they do a specific warm up. They create a little routine. They know that by the end of this routine it’s performance time.
I don’t allow them change their warm up routine for around a month before any event, they do what they do day in, day out. When the travel to the event, they do it there too. This habit, this liitle bit of routine makes life a little sweeter, a little easier and makes succeeding a little less difficult.
As I eluded to in the first point, we are creatures of habit. We also set our selves triggers.
Think about a how a certain smell can take you back to a childhood memory. That smell is a trigger for that memory.
Your everyday routines become triggers for bigger things. Start setting up deliberate triggers to lead into bigger actions.
For example, back your gym bag the night before, be sure to have your lucky socks in there, or whatever you like to use.
Motivation is a funny thing. But action begets action, a rolling stone gathers no moss and things snowball or set of a butterfly effect.
Stop reading shit and looking at motivational pictures and start creating your own.
It all starts with a thought, but don’t let it end there.
Also, check this out it’s comedian Tim Minchins address to his old University, I think it’s awesome, you might too.
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