Motivation: we need it

April 1st, 2011 by Lou Leave a reply »

Wikipedia’s partial definition: Motivation is the driving force which help causes us to achieve goals. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic. According to various theories, motivation may be rooted in a basic need to minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure, or it may include specific needs such as eating and resting, or a desired object, goal, state of being, ideal, or it may be attributed to less-apparent reasons such as altruism, selfishness, morality, or avoiding mortality. Conceptually, motivation should not be confused with either volition or optimism.[1] Motivation is related to, but distinct from, emotion.

I have to be honest with you, this is NOT an easy topic to write about. What you’re reading was and is my fifth or so attempt at it. I kept asking myself,  “why am I having such a difficult time with this? The reason; too many variables.

What is it that motivates anyone to do anything in life? More specifically; what motivates you to be or become fit…and stay fit?  As I stated earlier in the post on goals, we need  goals and objectives to reach our  potential. In order to achieve those we need to become and stay MOTIVATED. Again, what is it that drives or will drive us? Where does motivation come from and how do we lay hold of it?

Everyone is different. What motivates one does not necessarily motivate another even though both are after the same objective. As a trainer, part of my job is find the “carrot stick” (which BOTH provide) that will entice you to exercise. Sometimes that carrot stick may be pleasant like a nice pair of jeans or that little black dress. Other times it can be frightful; perhaps to prevent a future heart attack due to a doctor’s prognosis.

Whatever the case may be you as clients and we as trainers, have got to work together. I can just hear someone say, “duh!” But you’ll be surprised to find out many rely on a trainer to come up with the perfect routine with minimum input from the client.

Did I explained it fully? Nowwhere near it I’ll admit, but I will leave you with this; find that carrot stick or sticks, fitness markers, whatever you call them and keep them before your eyes. Visualize them coming true, and with the correct trainer they will.


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