Finding What Motivates You – the Key to Personal Success

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Question: I just seem to keep losing track of my training intensity and lose focus. I actually wander in the gym sometimes deciding to use a machine dependent on what is available. How do you keep your training on track and actually make continuous progress?
Answer: To get somewhere in training you have to know where you are going. In the book, “Alice in Wonderland”, Alice asked the Cheshire Cat which road should she take.The Cat asked where did she want to go, Alice said she didn’t know. His reply,(paraphrased),”If you don’t know where you are going, then, any road will do.”
Know where you want to go. Then design a routine or hire a trainer to build a program to meet your needs. That immediately eliminates the wandering in the gym and random training. You should determine concrete goals along with stepping stone short-term goals to reach your crowning achievement.
If you look at successful athletes, they can be split into two distinct groups, those that are relentlessly chasing a dream or those who are running from something. So you either run towards something or away from something. Either way excellence is often the result.
For instance, Michael Jordan, by his own admission at his Hall of Fame induction, played with a chip on his shoulder. He pursued excellence because he loved basketball and his deep desire to overcome what he felt was a snub by his high school coach when he was relegated to playing JV instead of the varsity squad in the tenth grade. He played to prove that coach was wrong and to prove he was the best.
Latipha Cross, an East Michigan track star, has experienced multiple tragedies in her 19 years. Her mom was killed, dad disappeared, abused by her foster family, homeless, and has cancer, lymphoma and melanoma. She runs angry and away from the horrors of her life towards a better life. She runs all out and wins.
Find what motivates you. Why do what you do? Some people train angry and get it out of their system. Some others train because they love the process, love the training, love the results. Take a few minutes, determine your goals, get a plan, find your deep motivation and be successful.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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