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The Strength Is In The Struggle

February 27, 2017 1:57 am Published by

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
Andrew Carnegie
I have an app on my phone that shows a different quotation every day. Some of them really resonate and others, like this one, are worth sharing.
I reflected on this one, as often happens, on what it means in terms of exercise and fitness and health. Since I have spent what feels like just about my entire life in the fitness world (my first job in fitness was in 1981 when I was 14).
With 35 years in the business, I believe I have heard just about every reason to exercise or, more prominently, NOT to exercise….over the past 4 decades, a recurring theme that seems to come back again and again is that of motivation.
“I’m just not motivated to workout”
“I wish my kids / husband / wife / (insert name of other family member here)…..could get more motivated to workout.”
I’m too busy / tired / out-of-shape / lazy / old / not old enough / (insert other reasons to NOT workout here)……”
“I’d like to workout BUT…….(insert just about any reason here)…..”
Motivation for some people can be a highly elusive element. Here today, gone tomorrow. Affected by life circumstances or weather or whether you feel like it or don’t feel like it. Or whether you like to exercise or don’t like to exercise.
I know for me, motivation has always come from within. I like the saying that the “strength is in the struggle.”
In my experience, people who are intrinsically motivated, are generally more successful at becoming fit and staying fit over the long term. They appreciate and are motivated by the process (“the struggle”) of becoming stronger and fitter. Intrinsically motivated people do not need to search for external reasons to exercise or workout or lead a physically active lifestyle. Their process is not affected by external circumstances. Simply put, they find a way, they are not deterred by obstacles or set-backs. They make it happen. They reach their goal.
I suppose the key is how one becomes intrinsically motivated. At the end of every discussion you will have with yourself. At the end of asking yourself do I go workout today or don’t I? At the end of it all, maybe the key is to ask yourself “why?”
Maybe the problem isn’t what answers you get, but what questions you ask yourself.
More to come next blog…….