Hello and Good Morning my faithful readers and welcome to another Monday Motivator! I hope you are staying pumped up and motivated as we continue to trek our way through the tricky holiday season. With Halloween and Thanksgiving down, there are just a few weeks left so remember to stay on track. I know it can be difficult, but the trick is trying to find the “joy” in your workouts.
Pearl S. Buck said this about finding that joy: “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.”
Having been a personal trainer in San Jose and leading San Jose bootcamps for quite some time, I notice that it can be hard to focus on your fitness program this time of the year. Your time is being called to several places….family, holiday shopping, work, parties, etc. Yet this is exactly the time you have to truly focus on still making time for YOU! If you do, you will be pleased with your fitness progress and success during the holidays, rather than becoming mad or depressed. You have the choice.
The trick to finding this joy is to take a step back and look at the successes that you have obtained already. We all rarely do this and yet this is the key to increasing our joy in the workouts that we do, the key to increasing our self-esteem and our self confidence.
Think about when you first started your exercise program. Things were really hard. Maybe you could only workout for 10-15 minutes without taking a break or getting winded. Perhaps you had never done weight training before or had never done a pushup or a full set of body squats before. Maybe you were not even working out at all each week, save for a walk or two.
Fast forward to the present. You are kicking serious ass with the endurance to handle an entire workout (especially one of our Fast Action Training workouts!). You are “repping” out pushups and bodysquats and lunges with the best of them. You are tossing in some jogs or sprints with your walks. Your nutrition is becoming more and more dialed in as the weeks go by and now you can’t remember the last time that you DIDN’T workout a couple of times within a week!
1) Write down all the struggles that you originally had when you started focusing on your fitness program.
2) Now write down all of the things you have accomplished since then! In what ways are you “excellent?”
3) Bask in the glorious feelings of joy and self-content and remember these feelings when you’re knee-deep in your next workout.
If you do this 1x/month you will undoubtedly not only stay on track with your workouts, but you will obtain better results, have a good time and smile when the going gets tough!
Have a terrific start to your week and if you enjoyed today’s motivator I would love to hear your comments below! And don’t forget to share it with your friends!
Dedicated to your success,