Staying Motivated

Can be difficult at times.  Sometimes it’s a seasonal thing (the cold definitely de-motivates me), other times it’s an emotional/mental thing.  No matter how excited I’ve been about starting a new program or learning something new, that initial excitement wears off at some point, and my beginning motivation wanes.  If it’s something that is important to me, how do I push through that?  I’ve got the following suggestions, especially related to exercise and fitness

1. Have An Honest Conversation With Yourself

Here’s something I picked up from some psychologist somewhere in my reading.  I forget who, but I’ve found it to be helpful.  Grab a pen and paper and write this out:

I’m struggling with _________ right now because ____________.

What, currently, is it that I want to change?  Why am I doing this?  What do I want to do?

Pretend you are someone much wiser, someone you admire.  What advice would you give yourself if you were that person?

In order for me to get what I want, or be happy, what do I need to do?

What do I think about myself when I read the first question out loud?  What do you think your imagined mentor would think?

Here are 5 questions that will reveal a great deal about your thoughts.  Be honest when you write them down, don’t just tell yourself what you want to hear.  This will make you aware of your emotions and your thoughts, which drive your actions.

2. Accept the Grind

And maybe you’ll learn to love it if you don’t already.  Oftentimes, when I start something new I’m pretty terrible at it.  This frustrates me and de-motivates me.  Nothing comes easy.  Well, I should say that very few things in life come easy, and most of the time to make a change is going to be a grind.  Make peace with that and don’t lie to yourself.  In the gym, starting out is rough.  Soreness, tiredness, frustration, and embarrassment are all present and make you want to give up the routine.  Grind through that first bit, and you’ll accept it for what it is.  It’s quite possible you’ll end up loving the routine.  Lots of people have!

3. Anticipate Well

Focus on 1 thing at a time during a workout (and generally in life).  Don’t think about how terrible that big nasty workout on the board is going to be.  Look at the first movement.  Similarly, do you have a million and one things to do today?  Don’t focus on the whole list and let it paralyze you.  Look only at the top thing, do it, and move to the next one.  For whatever reason (there is a scientific one), the mind freaks when it anticipates something we have to do as being really difficult and that’s a huge de-motivator.  Focusing on 1 rep or move or task at a time will re-calibrate our brains.  Instead of freaking, we’ll start to be adept at predicting the body’s moment to moment change.

We’d like to train our insular cortex to function like that of an olympian.

Above all else I remember this one thing.  We humans are cognitively biased to think our individual problems are grander than anyone else’s, that are our excuses are validated, and that we’re special and different from everyone else.  Therefore, if we don’t feel like doing something, we shouldn’t have to.

We can think that way, or we can be honest.  Our excuses are just excuses, our problems pale in comparison to those of some, and if we want something rarely is anyone going to just give it to us.

I find our community here at CPM to be very motivating.  Please be part of the action by getting in here for the workouts, teaming up with someone and encouraging them with a high five or fist bump, leaving any negativity elsewhere, and doing everything you’re capable of.  So how bout tomorrows workout…..

Stet’s Strategy

Part A.
I think the goal here is to hold as much plank (or HS) as possible.  It’s easy to drop during a setup like this.  Fight that urge.  Encourage your partner while you’re holding plank and you might even forget what you’re doing.

Part B.
Name of the game here is run that 100m fast.  The reps for the KB work are designed to take a little longer that it should take to run 100m.  So, if you run really fast, you’re going to get some rest while your partner finishes.  Use that time to keep them motivated, offer a tip on their swing, or just suck some air.

Partner week has been a blast so far.  Lets keep it rolling!

The Oboard Says…

In Teams of 2
A. AMRAP 6 mins
12 KB Rus Twist
12 KB Rack Lunges
*One person works
*Other holds a plank (HS)

B. AMRAP 14 min
7 Goblet Squats
14 KB Swings
*One partner works; other runs 100m (rest until they finish ((race fro rest))

Posted by: Stets