I think about motivation a lot because it’s something that I struggle with often personally.

And I know I’m not the only one.

Why are we sometimes motivated and other times we aren’t?

How come there’s occasions where nothing can get in our way, and others when the smallest of hurdles will derail us?

At the moment my training is going really well.

I’m getting four strength sessions in per week, as well as two work capacity sessions involving some carries and sled pushes.  I’ve also started doing some trail runs, where I try to aim for between three to five kilometres and cover ground as quick as possible without jogging, so hard runs interspersed with quick walks.

My back has been giving me grief lately and my knee is having some bad days as well, as they on occasion do.

There have been times in the past when I would’ve used those things to avoid training I didn’t want to do, but at the moment it isn’t phasing me at all.

 

Why?

I think a bit of it has to do with making sure that you’re enjoying the training that you’re doing.

It stands to reason that if you don’t like or enjoy the program you’re doing then you may be able to force the issue for a little while, but at some stage you’re going to start finding any excuse to avoid doing it.

Similar can be said for diet.

The other reason for increased motivation is to do with your desired outcomes, and how important they are to you.

Let’s look at a common goal, and how I make it work for me.

I would like to be leaner, as would a lot of people.

The goal of getting leaner on its own doesn’t work very well for me though because to be honest, simply looking more or less shredded really doesn’t impact my life that much, in regard to day to day living.

If I had to go to work without a shirt on every day then being leaner would become a lot more important to me I’m sure but as it stands I don’t, so it isn’t.

 

Give it a meaningful context.

So how do I structure that goal (getting leaner) so that I actually give a stuff about it?

For me, if I’m not getting leaner with the amount of training I’m doing, then something is amiss with the quality or quantity of grub that I’m stuffing down my cake hole.

In my case we’re usually talking about food quality being the issue which means too much processed food and sugar intake.

And what does too much sugar intake mean for me?

Potential for deeper health problems like diabetes for example.

I also generally feel like garbage when my sugar intake is too high, and my brain becomes about as sharp as the blunt edge of a pillow.

I’m not suggesting for a second that being leaner is a definite sign that everything is hunky dory with your insidey parts by the way, however it is tough to stay lean when you eat too much crap food and eating too much crap food will be having negative effects on your health as well.

That’s just one example of how you can take an outcome and attach it to something that is important to you and/or affects you in day to day life.

Getting leaner is what I’d like to achieve, but in a day to day context it’s trivial and has no real effect on me.

Taking care of my long-term health and feeling sharp are things that are important to me, and by focusing on habits that improve those things that I really care about, I should also get leaner.

 

Aaaaaand I think (and hope) that I’ve made a point here and not just rambled incoherently.

 

I hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful.

 

Thank you very much for reading, and I’ll catch you next time.

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