Who is your greatest motivator?
I was thinking about this while I was doing burpees the other day. I’m doing a challenge with a few gals from October 27-December 25. We are attempting (doing) 6,000 burpees in 6 weeks. Yes, we’re crazy. We know this. The point is to challenge our current fitness status. It’s not that the number itself has a special meaning. It’s about pushing ourselves just a wee bit further.
I fell behind for a few days last week, so I challenged myself to go beyond 400 burpees on Saturday morning. I aimed for 9 burpees per minute for 45 minutes, which put me at 405. During this insanity, I had a realization. It was the same realization I have occasionally when I am doing something alone that some people would only do if forced to in a group setting.
Why am I able to push myself without anyone’s insistence? A heckuva lot of people would be happier in their bodies if we understood where real motivation comes from.
I don’t know if it’s natural to seek external motivation, but we do A LOT of it. Many people depend on an external source to get them moving. Friends, family, food shopping and delivery services, Pinterest boards of drool-worthy bodies, celebrity trainers, athletes, and group exercise communities. The list goes on and on and on.
I certainly get inspired by external things and people. I wouldn’t say they motivate me. My motivation comes from within.
I am inspired by strong women like Jamie Eason, Molly Galbraith, Leigh Peele and Jen Comas Keck.
I am inspired by Ciara’s music video of Ride. (HOT).
I am inspired by ESPN’s 2013 Body Issue of naked athletes’ bodies.
I am inspired by Renee, a 60-something amazing woman who is doing the burpee challenge with me. On the third day, I did 170 in the morning. I got an email from her in the afternoon saying she did 350 that day. What? She inspired me to do more! I ended up doing 200 more.
I am inspired by all the awesome stuff on Pinterest (There is also a lot of crap on there that is unhealthy for our minds).
I am inspired by books and music.
I can be inspired by all of these things, but they don’t necessarily make me do something. I know this. You know this. I have to really want something deep within myself to go get it. The motivation needs to come from within. You must create motivation within yourself if you are going to continue to do anything good for yourself. You can be motivated by someone to attend one workout. You can be motivated by someone to make one healthy meal. If you think you are motivated by others, it probably is just inspiration. If you are motivated by others, you only get very short-term results. If you want to create a healthier life, you need consistency. Consistent healthy behaviors come from within.
“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.” ~ Donald Trump
Let’s go back to the question I asked.
Who is your greatest motivator?
Work hard to figure out what you want, and why you want it.