My personal story on the value of hard work.
Need help staying motivated to reach your fitness goals?
Each day you should strive to ask yourself one question “am I giving it all I have ?” I strongly believe that we sometimes if not all the time sell ourselves short because of a mental image we believe we are that was not even set by us but by our upbringing and society. Something that has always helped push my limits as an individual not only in fitness but in life is to question myself on many of my beliefs when it comes to what are my limits that I can do. Sure there are limitations to what we can achieve on some level such as human beings may never be able to grow wings and fly just like a bird but there are also some self imposed limitations that we put on ourselves as well. I will share with you what one of mine was which was to think that I could never sell someone on personal training because people would think that I am weird. That was approximately 5 years ago when I believed that and I worked really hard to change that belief and have become very successful in selling personal training which in essence is really just selling myself to myself and then to others.
I challenge you when you go to the gym today to ask yourself when you lift or run if you could have done one more rep? or if you could of done one more mile? ask yourself are you destined to always be overweight ? or are you scared that you may fail ?
Everyday you have a chance to reinvent yourself and start from scratch because all we have is NOW because yesterday already happened and tomorrow is not here. Focus on doing your very best TODAY so that you can go home satisfied. This is more than Fitness … this is Life.
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It is funny to think about the subject of motivation and especially the main motivating reasons why people have hired me and our company in the past to help them achieve their fitness goals. As a personal trainer I hear everything that you can imagine hence the word “personal” in the personal training.
First I want to share a story to you about why I decided to start exercising. When I was growing up I was extremely skinny and if it even sounds possible I was self conscious about my body and how I looked because I was so much skinnier than everyone else. In my mind and the image that I thought I was supposed to be as a male was the exact opposite of what I actually was. I was not a very strong kid or muscular kid but I will give myself some credit I was an athletic kid. So anyways I was a very self conscious kid about my weight on the other spectrum….I was too skinny according to me. Most people think the only people who can have body image problems are people who are overweight but that is so far from the truth. Being on the opposite end and being very skinny can cause the very same emotional triggers and insecurities that being overweight can cause. So what I decided to start doing at the age of 13 was to go out and start lifting weights and be proactive about the situation. So the main motivation for me was to become more self confident and at ease in my own skin. What I found out as I started to workout was that I enjoyed many other aspects that came along with it such as the endorphin rush and the extra energy. Also it did help my sports performance since baseball was my life so no complaints there. But working out and fitness changed my life because it gave me that confidence in myself which of course benefited all the other aspects of my life such as sports, dating, and friendships.
So the natural question I have for you is what is your main motivator? This is something that over time and doing a million fitness assessments I have learned that people are not comfortable not only admitting their main motivating factors to me or another person, but also they oftentimes do not even want to admit it to themselves. I hear so many surface answers in the beginning when I ask what people’s motivations are. Some are they want to just tone up or lose some weight or they want to lift more weight or build more muscle. And every single time I hear that, a trigger goes off in my head that clearly says that their is a deeper reason for that person that they either do not know yet or have not admitted to themselves.
You must ask yourself what is the real reason? The REAL reason!! Do you want to get in better shape because your spouse said a comment to you that maybe made you feel a little self conscious? Is your self esteem low because of how your parents or loved ones treated you? Do you want to get a girlfriend or boyfriend but don’t think you look “the part”? Do you want to have a better sex life and not feel as self conscious? Do you feel like a bad parent because you cannot be active with your kids or grand kids? Do you have an emotional void that you are trying to fill? Do you value yourself only on your physical appearance? Do you have things in your life going on that you are trying to cope with?
Those questions above are meant to make you isolate your real reason and admit it to yourself because once you admit the real reason to yourself you can start to take a total approach to your fitness goals. Understanding yourself and your why’s are the key to being able to motivate yourself and truly improve your life. Life does not improve by just fixing surface issues but life improves when you fix the inner you. Fitness is the tool and I promise when you work on your inner person and the why’s that are driving you it becomes incredibly easier to hit and maintain your fitness goals. YOU maybe unconsciously sabotaging yourself without even knowing it.
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