What Motivates Me?

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I don’t talk about motivation quite often. Everyone who has talked to me about motivation knows that I think getting external motivation is usually pointless and temporary. Motivation in my opinion comes from inside you. It is something no one else can preach to you about or give. Motivation is built by your life experience, desires, dislikes, and passions. To me motivation is more complex than just randomly getting the spark to start doing something. It is what gets you up every morning to go through life regardless of what happens or what is thought of you. Motivation is being able to break down, but knowing that it’s part of the process rather than thinking it is the end. I see many people break down and decide to stop continuing whatever it is they set out to do….cool. That’s your choice. That’s you not being motivated. Motivation does not mean being happy and driven all the time, rather it is being able to accept the ups and downs of a situation in order to continue on and accept the process in order to succeed. I see people posting motivational quotes all the time and…it sort of irritates me. Why?Because the same individuals talk bad about others during the other times of the day. Being motivated and wanting to motivate others isn’t a “when I feel like it” type of thing. Most motivating individuals spent their life trying to make a difference…..not 5 minutes in order to post to all their social media platforms an unoriginal quote. I decided to start blogging (probably 6 months ago) to get my ideas out in the world knowing that I’m not much of a social individual. Instead of beating myself up and keeping myself down about being anxious all the time, I decided to work on my strengths. I knew I was pretty good with computers, the internet, and that I had a lot to say… so I decided to give it a try. Now here I am today writing blog posts and coming up with quotes that pop up in my mind daily. I’m not trying to get famous or become “motivational”, rather I am trying to spread my ideology for others to perceive life differently as well. So with all this talk about motivation….what motivates me?

I think there’s no simple answer to this question. Though I get asked a lot what motivates me to continue training, to write posts that hardly anyone reads, and to make videos that have so little views (And in all honesty I don’t know how many people will even read this post). What motivates me? What motivates me is helping others perceive life in such a way that we can change the world by  the way we go about life, To help others think of fitness and training differently in order to use it for life, not just the gym. Motivation is kind of a funny concept, you know? You gain some, lose some….but if you have purely driven motivation inside you, you seem to find a way to continue towards your destination no matter how shitty life can feel or how tired you are of doing the same thing daily. I have no idea how many times I have felt so overwhelmed, yet couldn’t go a day without writing some sort of post, quote, or just trying to do something productive. It wasn’t because I wanted to, but because deep down inside I still had the motivation and passion to be productive and make this world a world worth living in. I feel we as individuals focus so damn hard on the negatives of life. We love to give ourselves reasons to quit. Not because we won’t succeed, but because we know the stronger and more persistent we are, the more hard trials will become present. We know the more we try, the harder we fall. We know that the more time we spend on something, the more it hurts when it eventually ends. That’s human nature. What I set out to do is to enjoy the longevity of the process. Enjoy what doesn’t last, because that’s what makes it so priceless. Just like motivation, the mind is a funny thing. We get into situation that make us cry, or even get purely depressed. The same situations, someone who has been through worse could laugh at your depression, because that situation seems like nothing. There are people who would kill for the life you have now. There are those happier with less than what you have. I have always found it interesting how the mind can change the world without the world itself changing. I aim to help others feel even though they have no control of the world, they still have control over their mind and how they perceive the world.

When it comes to fitness, what motivates me isn’t the progress itself. Hell, I honestly don’t care about my progress or even winning competitions anymore. The progress to me is a secondary result to my main goal. What motivates me to workout is the building of my character and getting comfortable with vulnerability. When it comes to building of character (or traits in general), I aim to build my patience, preparation, appreciation, focus, control,, and mental balance. I have found that the traits built and improved within my training help me immensely in life. Not the being lean or muscular, but being persistent and driven to succeed in whatever I set out to do. Now when it comes to the vulnerability part, it’s more of my own motivation. Anyone close to me knows I have some anxieties I have yet to get over. I’ve progressed greatly, but they’re still there. What training does for me (and why I am always so motivated to train) is because I get to fight that feeling of vulnerability. Anyone with any anxieties know the worst part of it is the feeling of being helpless and vulnerable no matter how safe you really are. Being breathless and not being able to think clear. Having your mind set on the negatives. That’s what I seek to fight every time I walk into the gym. I’ve been a fan of lifting heavy, and many times to failure without a spotter. I have always been a fan of squatting  heavy without pins setup or a spotter. It is replicating that same anxiety that I set out to achieve and learning to fight it and win. I feel different in the weight room, because I am a different person. When all I did was train heavy I probably would be seen as annoying by the grunts and yells I would give off getting amped up and during a set, while away from the gym I hardly spoke. When I train I aim to find that anxiety and conquer it, while outside of the gym I aim to avoid it. Inside of the gym I can make any conversation because I know what I’m talking about in there, while outside of the gym there’s plenty I have no idea about and I hate the look of (damn he’s stupid) that people give off. Being in the gym and living my second reality is what motivates me to train. Being invulnerable while seeking vulnerability is my obsession while training.

When it comes to life, I just see it differently and try to help others to do the same. When it comes to training, it just holds ore meaning to me than making progress. I’ve always been more of a “inside my own head” kind of person 24/7. Hell, I typically can’t sleep without sleep medication because I am always thinking, always contemplating what my next step in life is. So to sum this up. What motivates me? Giving life more meaning…..a meaning that’s different. Something personal to me, not something just anyone can feel. You can’t make yourself give training a meaning such as mine. You can’t make yourself think of life differently if you don’t truly believe it. That’s why I am motivated. Because I perceive differently.

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Turning Your Resolutions Into Lifelong Changes

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Resolutions Into Lifelong Changes

Since it is still January, but somewhat away from New Years, I thought I would help those who are struggling to keep their new year resolutions (If you are not into New Year resolutions, then this article still has great advice on how to change your life and turn that into a lifelong journey). As the new year starts, the new changes are made. People realize this year should be different and they should take this opportunity to improve their life. In order to make these goals special, they are given the label “New Year Resolutions” because they are based on goals to improve your life in this new year compared to your previous year. I myself have some new year resolutions and I have been coming up with different ways others and myself can stick with our resolution. New year resolutions seem to have gotten a bad reputation. People in the gym get upset others waited until the new year in order to make a change. It’s reality most of these individuals will bail on their resolution. It’s reality that most resolutions will not succeed….but why? Because these individuals did not have everything in line for them to succeed. I want to take the time today to help those individuals starting a new year in the right direction from failing because they didn’t prepare in order to succeed.

Before we get into how you can keep and how you will remember your resolutions, we need to think of the type of resolutions you should have. Think about their purpose. Being it is passed New Years, you should already have some resolutions in mind. For those who are still trying to come up with resolutions, think of ways you can improve your life. These goals should not be only for short term gain or even for the opinion of others. Having “losing weight” because of what others think or to impress other will never last. You must have a bigger purpose behind the madness. Having resolutions that are made to improve both your well being and enjoyment in life will stay longer than a resolution made to impress someone.

Your resolutions should be process orientated. Individuals love to have resolutions such as “lose 30 pounds”, but forget it is the process which makes the end result happen. Instead of having an end result goal that may not last long (gain the weight back) I want you to form habit. Use goals you can track daily and determine if you did or did not continue the positive habit. Instead of having “lose 30 pounds” as your resolution, I want you to use “go to the gym and workout for 45 minutes a day and walk 30 minutes a day” (walking does not count as the workout unless you are incredibly obese, or are diagnosed by your doctor that that’s all you should do). Have goals you can track daily, not just a one time thing. This way you can measure your progress, stay on track, and form habits that will last you a lifetime!

The very first thing to do in order to remind you to keep fighting for a better life is to find somewhere you should display your resolutions. Everyone tells you to write it down, but where? Many claim for you to just write it down on a piece of paper. Do you take that paper with you everywhere? Do you see it every time you wake up and get ready for work or school? No! I want you to get a marker (permanent if you got balls to do so) and write your resolutions in the top/middle of a mirror you look into every single day. Hell, I also want you to take a picture of it written down on your phone. Set that as your wallpaper and lock screen background. There should be no doubt in seeing your resolutions every single day! (I use memo or notepad to write it out and screenshot it/set as background)

You’ve already written it out on the mirror, now what? Remember how you wrote it in the middle? Remember how your resolution should be measurable daily? I want you to write on the left side “I did” and on the right “I can do better”. Every time you accomplished that daily habit, put a tally under “I did”. Every time you did not accomplish your daily habit, put a tally under “I can do better”. As the year goes by you can see your progress. This way you can see your daily commitment or be reminded that you can do better.

After you have set up your goals and daily reminder, it’s time for some back up support. Find a friend that has similar goals as you. Share with them the method above and have them do the same. Keep each other in check with staying committed to your goals and committed to being honest with yourself on your progress. Having a “partner in crime” will help you stay committed and help you enjoy reaching your goal with another individuals.

Sometimes declaring your goals to the world helps individuals stick to their goals. Maybe it’s the moral support they get from their followers. Maybe it’s the fear of admitting they didn’t stick with it. Either way, posting your resolutions can help you stick to them and help you find moral support. You can also find those who are trying to accomplish the same resolutions and keep track with one another. The more support and people to keep you in check, the better.

You’ve heard the phrase “Failing to plan is planning to fail” before, right? Nothing is different here. Plan out how you are going to get your resolution set up for success. If your goal is the gym, plan out how you will get there and other options in case your source of transportation fails. If you’re resolution is to walk everyday regardless, then buy a treadmill or buy a gym membership at a gym with a track in case the weather is bad. Also plan ahead so that you can plan to succeed!

When thinking of accomplishing a goal, we tend to forget easy ways to form reinforcing habits. One of the easiest, yet most effective ways to remember your task for the day (in order to fork the habit resulting in a successful resolution) is doing the task first thing when you wake up. That means once you wake up you must be disciplined enough to not do anything else until that task is done. For me that was blogging and coming out with content every single morning with my coffee. For others it could be doing a 45 minute workout at home before breakfast. Whatever it is, start your day with it! That way you will not only be successfully in the right direction, but you will also start the day in a positive way.

The last and final tip I have for how to keep your resolution is pretty simple. Enjoyment! Find ways you can enjoy forming positive habits. Join a Zumba class. Make salads with the family. Find those with similar mindsets. Most importantly, find something you can do long term, hopefully for the rest of your life. If you can’t stand the habit you are trying to create, you will not stick with it. Enjoyment is part of the process and makes the process successful.

With these few tips, you will successfully turn a “New Years Resolution” into a life long habit. Remember every years that it’s time to make long term changes, not short term fixes. Weight can be gained easier than it was lost, but solid habits will always keep you in check. Even if you are not labeling goals as “New Year Resolutions”, you can still follow the same advice for a successful change and a better tomorrow.

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