A few weeks ago, Megan wrote about motivation. Her pregnancy so far has helped her to come to terms with her body and I've seen a gradual shift in her mindset, for the better. And even on the days when she feels bloated and doesn't want to move, she still does because she has about 50 people she works with every week who count on her to be a good example.
Her post got me thinking, too. What motivates me the most? Is it to become a bodyweight master? To set a world record? To make it in Ninja Warrior? Not even close, as it turns out...
Nope, my primary motivation is also our members.
I want to be the change you want to see.
I want to be real.
I want to appear human, because I am.
I want to be approachable.
I want to be a positive example.
I want to be a beacon of hope for those who are in pain, that great healing can take place over many days, months, and years.
I want to be a source of knowledge, motivation and encouragement.
I want to be consistent.
I want to appear vulnerable and imperfect, because I am.
I want to be someone you can count on when you're in a pinch.
I want to be your friend, your peer, and your coach.
I want you to know how much I care about you, your progress, and also your struggles.
Between the time I finished collegiate athletics and began my career as a personal trainer, my personal motivation to exercise dwindled to its lowest point. I had nothing concrete to grasp to keep my sights on. No goal. Nothing spurring me onward other than physical accomplishments, which for me were nothing more than fleeting moments of elation but then vanish as quickly as they appear.
As soon as I began working to help other people better their lives through fitness, though, my will to put in the work came back. If I couldn't demonstrate the qualities (listed above), how could I succeed in helping a person accomplish great things, too?
I know I don't have to be the best at everything to be a great coach. Just look at the best sports coaches in the world--to be a world champion coach does not mean you have to be a world beating player, to. Far from it.
And you know what? The awesome thing is that after coaching for over five years now, I've finally found that internal motivation I was lacking all along. The more I work with people who have their own struggles, their own fears and anxieties, their own challenges to overcome, I felt that my motivation to get better just for the sake of getting better slowly came back. Now I simply focus on becoming the best version of myself possible.
Today, I have no timeline for my progress, only an expectation that I continue to put forth a consistent effort to ensure it. Sure I've got goals, but I'm not in any rush to achieve them. The joy comes from the journey, not the achievement of them.
If you're the type of person who relies on others for their motivation (like Meg and I), I want you to think about what truly gets you out of bed every day? What pushes you to strength train? What makes you to seek out a coach like us? What keeps you coming back? I know relationships are a HUGE part of it. But there is more to it, and often lurking beneath the surface. I encourage you to ponder it and find what motivates YOU.
In the end, I hope that you will eventually grow to have a joy in the process of self-improvement, kinda like I have!. Taking the time to improve your mind, your body, and soul with consistent and purposeful practice is one of the best ways to respect your body and keep it running well for a long time. Coaches are great. But if we're the only thing keeping you accountable to yourself, your results will only last as long as you work with us.
Find that inner drive, and your results will last a LIFETIME!
Keep moving forward.