We recently asked our tribe, “What motivates you to move through the discomfort and pain (physical or emotional) of change to get to a better state?” We wanted to hear about motivation in their everyday lives, and how we could apply it to their exercise and nutrition habits.
As you might expect, the best motivation comes when we do something we are passionate about. Like opening a new business, having and raising children, advancing a career, or competing in athletic events. This kind of motivation doesn’t require much encouraging because it comes easily. These people respond to the question, “Why?” with, “Because I can.” This type of motivation is not spontaneously generated, but it can be developed over time by consistently practicing the very thing you want to be motivated to do.
Some are motivated for survival reasons. This could include getting through a normal day after a divorce or separation, joining a gym because the doctor says to, or even having to change a diet due to being on the verge of diabetes. People who have this kind of motivation should understand that small steps can make big improvements. Be proud of each step made in the right direction and keep going.
Some are motivated by fear: fear of inadequacy or mediocrity, “FOMO” (fear of missing out), and fear of repeating the same harmful patterns. In terms of health, this could mean a fear of not being able to play with your kids or grandkids, or a fear of retirement years and funds spent in hospitals. These people often build good habits over time.
In all the cases, our tribe said they were most successful when they moved forward one step at a time with the end goal always in mind. If you recognize yourself above or just want to share your own take on motivation with us, give us a shout.
Debra and Adam Hammett own and operate Serious Results Personal Training located at 1150 Parker Square in Flower Mound. To inquire about coaching or testing your metabolic rate contact us at 214-642-5853.