Staying On Top of the Training Mountain

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Question: I started training with a certain goal in mind and even wrote it down and reminded myself of it to keep me motivated for the last 6 weeks. Now as I see the end and can reach it, I am ready to let it go and move on. It’s getting tougher to keep going to the gym and doing the training. Any suggestions about how to stay focused when you get what you want?
Answer: Too often the goal you are trying to reach becomes a destination and this is especially true when it comes to weight loss or even fitness goals like running a marathon or competing in bodybuilding or fitness competitions. The adventurous part of it all is the journey not reaching the destination. Sure, you want to reach that holy grail because it’s what keeps you going when it gets rough. That goal is certainly a necessity when that last piece of cheese cake keeps calling you. Most of the people in your gym don’t even take the time to visualize a goal much less write it down to make it concrete in their minds and their workouts quickly fall out of fashion with their lifestyles.
You have a concrete goal. You know exactly what you want and as you approach the finish line you are ready to claim your prize, get out of the race to move on to the next goal. You and many, many others have done the same thing. You lost weight, improved your posture, ran the marathon or competed in a competition and it’s time to find the “next” best thing. The question is how do you maintain motivation if you have your goal in sight or have attained that which you desired when you worked your butt off to get. How do you continue to enjoy it by staying with it without the training becoming “ho-hum” drudgery?
Arnold said in “Pumping Iron” that it was easier to reach the top of the mountain than it was to stay there. Anything to do with fitness goals are worth keeping for a lifetime. If it was weight loss and you shed what you wanted to get off, think of some prize you really wanted and enjoy it. Is it to eat a couple of slices of pizza or some dessert? Is it to go to the beach and show off your new body? Savor the victory. Enjoy the moment because it is exactly what you worked to get. Then, ask yourself if you are willing to give it back and start over. Trust me the second time is a lot tougher mentally to do because you constantly ask yourself how did I let this happen again? Instead of starting over, adjust your training a bit but only enough to keep it from completely dominating your lifestyle. Better yet, teach others how to do what you did. If you were able to do it then you are able to teach it to someone else and enjoy the journey as they experience what you did previously. Make new similar goals or even silly ones like,” I want to be able to kayak across the lake in 5 minutes without breaking my stroke count.”
The bottom line is that whatever you achieved is far too precious to give back and is the ideal thing to share with someone else. That’s why we are here anyway, to help each other.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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