My family and I love to be silly- who doesn’t, seriously?? The other day, we had all just come home from work & were veggin’ in front of the T.V. looking for something to do. My dad hadn’t gotten in a workout for the day, so he decided it be best if he went to the gym. Although he wasn’t feeling super amped to go at the moment, he ended up suiting up (Any How I Met Your Mother fans out there?!) & got ready for the gym.
Just then, something came over me that I still cannot explain. I made up a motivational chant…
Motivation is a word that, when spoken or read, makes me instantly feels bad for myself. I know it sounds strange, but whenever I hear someone talking about their motivation to complete a lofty task, I always think about the challenges in my life that I have yet to conquer; and instantly I feel dismay.
But motivating others is a HUGE part of my career & life- each and every day I find myself motivating others towards their lofty goals. So this would make it seem as if I have already succeeded in attaining mine.
So why do I feel this way when I hear the word motivate?
I think it’s human nature to put yourself down when others succeed. Life can turn into a constant competition for no reason at all other then us, as humans, are a little petty. Myself being a HUGE contender in this petty competition, I always compare myself to others.
Especially in the world of running, I bask in the glory of my PR for about 30 minutes before realizing that I am not the fastest half marathon-er… which seems pretty ridiculous, but so it is.
This is no way to live life, however. I am sure we can all agree that it’s silly to compete with each other. & it’s this silly competition that lowers are self motivation. I know that, when I compete against others, I immediately go towards the extreme… “Ugh.. I’m never going to break 2 hours for a half marathon. I might as well just give up running.” SO SILLY, RIGHT?!
So, other then recording myself giving a motivational cheer to my dad and to anyone who cares to watch my humiliate myself, I want to share with you all a few strategies to preserve motivation. Drum roll………
- Rejoice in Other’s Success: My life usually works better when I take myself out of the equation and be with others instead. So, when one of my friends/ loved ones/ clients/ anyone shares good news about a goal that they accomplished, I try to bask in their happiness as much as possible & rejoice with them! Sooner or later, I forget all those voices in my head telling me I am not good enough & am just genuinely happy for the other person.
- Remember Where You Came From: Just because maybe, at some moment in time, I feel down or not good enough, I have already accomplished so many things in my life that I can be proud of! Sure, life is not all about happy times and colorful rainbows, and when it’s not, I try to remind myself of the times that WERE wonderful and I DID accomplish something great. Knowing that I accomplished something before helps motivate me because I know that I could accomplish something great again!
- Realize There’s More to Life: Life has its obstacles, that’s for sure. However, no one can spend every single second of every single day working towards one particular goal. Life is so wonderful a lot of the time when you can just be and not try to accomplish your goal right away! I am probably the most impatient person I know, so this one is definitely hard for me. When I want something, I want it NOW & I get tunnel vision for that particular thing or goal. Instead, I remember my family, friends, and the hobbies I love to spend my time doing that mean so much more to me a lot of times then some stupid PR. Sure, it’s super rewarding to reach a goal and know you can do something you couldn’t do before. However, when I obsess over certain things too much, I tend to just end up stuck in the same place I was before, & usually sick because of all my worry.
- Reevaluate Relationships: I love all the people in my life because of how supportive and genuinely they are to be a part of my life, just like I am of theirs. I have come across many friends in the past that weren’t that way, and really killed any motivation I had for success. But, when I surround myself with motivating people who are selfless at heart, it helps me to stay that way too!So, whether you need motivation at the moment, or will need motivation in the future, try any of these tips to help motivate you!!!
Quick and simple: PUMP IT UP!!! PUMP IT UP!!!
What are some motivational quotes or sayings your tell yourself when you need a little pick me up???I would have to say that I always pray to God when I am going through a hard part of a run- Alright God, you gave me these legs, I’m using them, please don’t let them fall off!Or- Just keep swimming!!!Have a wonderful day!Kay
- P.S~ I have considered and would not be opposed to anyone using the preceding video as an alarm clock or reminder during the day. *Cough Cough*
- ALL my clients *Cough Cough*