Motivation – A trainers prospective

Motivation, a noun, is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way” and “a desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm.”[1] It can be considered a driving force; a psychological drive that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal.

In my experience I know no better way for getting results than motivation. I’ve worked with so many people who want or crave success in the gym and from their diet but lack the true motivation it takes to create the willingness to get what they desire. People I meet with on a daily basis tell me, “I want to loose weight or I want more muscle,” but really they have no clue what it takes to accomplish those tasks.

Many people lack the discipline it takes to eat healthy and workout on a daily basis. Most people prefer to workout to eat rather than eat to workout. So the true question is what are you willing to sacrifice in order to get what you want? What is going to be different about THIS time Vs. all the other times you have tried to get in shape?

Believe me the answer to that question has to be more than just “I want my clothes to fit better” or “I want to be healthy”. I’m talking about the deep rooted true reason you want to change. That is the real motivation. In the last 13 years I’ve worked with clients, gym members, friends, and family I have heard many many reasons. Deep stuff like I just got divorced and I want to feel confident naked or my kid asked me why I’m so fat. Even deeper I have had countless people ball their eyes out in front of me because they cant believe they allowed themselves to get in the terrible condition they are in. The real truth is that people generally want to feel better about themselves and get their confidence back.

So I say stop putting up with feeling uncomfortable and unhappy about yourself and use your true motivator to get up and do something about it. Keep thinking about that motivator daily and during your workouts or while your eating that plain chicken breast over and over again. Find an old picture of yourself from when you were in great shape or find a picture of the six pack of abs that you want and look at it daily. Weather it’s a picture or that empty space on your trophy case that should of had your last competitions trophy on it, you have to remind yourself everyday why you are doing this.

Be proud of yourself and love what you see in the mirror everyday.

-Bryant Fought
Dallas, TX 

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