There are some days when you just don’t want to get off the couch. Believe me, I know all about those days. In fact I gave into those days for a few years in a row, before Is decided to take action. Motivation for me came from the fact that I didn’t want to live how I was living. Fear of failure was my motivation to get started.
However, over time that motivation changed. While I have to admit that I still fear falling off the wagon and going back to my own ways, the truth is the progress I have made motivates me to keep going. That’s the problem is that most people don’t stick with a program long enough to reach that point. Once you reach that point your motivation changes and you start to pick up speed.
The truth is we are all motivated in different ways. What worked for me may or may not work for you. The more I work with people the more I realize that people can usually be divided into two different groups. Obviously there are exceptions to any rule. Most people are either internally motivated or externally motivated. It really is as simple as that.
I tend to be more internally motivated. Like I said before the fear of failure was my motivation to being with. Then I was my progress became my motivation. Now don’t get me wrong, I turn my music up, and I like motivational quotes, but for the most part I am internally motivated.
Other people are externally motivated. Loud music, drill instructors yelling at them, rocky montages get them going. The trick is to recognize which one you are. If you don’t recognize it, it can lead to problems. If you are internally motivated and you have people yelling in your ear trying to encourage you, it’s not going to work. In fact it will probably make it worse.
So look inside you, and figure out what motivates you. Once you realize that, try to surround yourself with similar people. If you can’t do that at least let the people around you know how you are motivated. That will make a big difference in your success level whether it be your fitness, your job or any other area of your life.