Motivation: Chapter 2

Continuing from last weeks article on Motivation…

We all have different reasons for starting a particular sport. I’m going to use the example of running as it’s my own particular sport, but most of what I’m going to say can be applied to nearly all sports.

You may have taken up running because your new partner is a runner, or because your parents run, or for many the possibility of losing weight is a great incentive, and for others it’s a way of escaping an unhealthy life of addiction – there are many different reasons. What is important though for everyone is to know why they run. To be able to motivate yourself in something, first you need to be clear as to why you are doing it in the first place. Once you have this clear you can then begin to work on the motivation itself.

Depending on your reason or reasons for running, you can start setting yourself goals which are related to you reason for running, and will therefore help keep driving you to continue. We all need goals in life, and it’s important that they’re not all very long-term goals. It’s best to also plan smaller goals, more achievable one, which will then help us to reach our bigger long-term ones. As I mentioned in Chapter 1, it’s important to have a solid strategy for running, both so as to help in your training schedule, and also to help you achieve your goals and maintain motivation.

Boredom is a great contributor to losing motivation, and therefore it’s important to keep changing your routes, your type of training and your running locations. All too often training plans a very inflexible – this won’t help you break the monotony. No matter how good your plan is, if you get too bored and de-motivated to continue, this plan will be worthless. If you’re in danger of becoming de-motivated, it’s much better to adopt a flexible training plan, and add variety to your runs, because if you burn out psychologically, the best plan in the world won’t help you in your race – you may not even arrive at race day.

Flexibility, variety, music, and good company can all help you to keep up your motivation, but there’s one other thing that plays a great part in this too…rest. I don’t know many people who respect rest – it’s one of the areas I work on a great deal in my running seminars and training camps. If you don’t leave yourself enough rest in your training schedule, before, during and after your race or challenge, you definitely won’t reach your top performance, and you will probably begin to lose motivation. Our bodies and our minds are intricately connected and we need both in optimum condition to function at our best. To be well both physically and mentally we must know how to rest.

Forget looking at what others do – most people do not reach their true potentials due to injury, improper training methods, lack of proper strategy, and lack of motivation and mental training – you must think of what you want, what your objectives are, your own reasons for running and in your own needs. Respect your body and your mind and you’ll find that you will neither lose your goals, nor will you lose your motivation…

Be Excellent!

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