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The Stupid Simple Way to Stay Motivated

The Stupid Simple Way to Stay Motivated
April 13
17:40 2016
If you’re like me, you can’t help but wonder how some people find the motivation to hit the gym every day.

MOTIVATION [moh-tuh-vey-shuh n]: “having a strong reason to act or accomplish something.”

The word comes from the Latin word mouere, which means to move. Motivation is what drives you to act. And you’ll need a whole lot of it to stay in peak physical condition.

There are two forms of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. Both are necessary for success, but one may outweigh the other. Finding a balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is the secret to true success.

Intrinsically motivated athletes find the drive to act within themselves. They train because they want it, not because they need it. These individuals find self-fulfillment though their sport. Intrinsically motivated athletes tend to enjoy the training process as well as the end goal.

Extrinsically motivated athletes, on the other hand, are driven by factors including:

  • Medals and trophies
  • Fame and recognition
  • Praise
  • Acceptance

These individuals chase success to win respect. They train hard to avoid shame and embarrassment.

Motivation can wax and wane if you depend too heavily on one source. Finding a balance between internal and external forces will help stabilize your motivation – leading to greater success in the future.

Advice from a Professional

Exercise physiologist Angie Ferguson is a USA Cycling coach and Triathlon Advanced Level 2 coach with a specialty in sports nutrition. Angie stresses the need to set goals that are:

  • Optimistic
  • Realistic
  • Defined

Choose goals that push you out of your comfort zone.

Never compare yourself to others, says the Florida native. You might be tempted to base your goals on a specific finish time, but later realize that you have no control over outside factors like rain, wind, and heat. You also can’t control which opponents you face or how they perform. Angie advises athletes to stay away from outcome-based goals. Instead, enjoy the workout, race, or event. If you have fun, you are more likely to do it again.

Ditch the guilt, says Angie. Your value is not decided by how long you train or how well you perform during a single event. We all get side tracked. If you fall behind, learn from your mistakes and get back on track. Feeling guilt is just a waste of time. Above all, find a sport or activity you love and enjoy living!

 

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