Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Motivation on Auto-pilot ...

What do you do to stay on track?

For some, it's almost like auto-pilot.  They show up as consistently as the sun rises. 

For others, we look at the auto-pilot folks perhaps in amazement.  How are they so consistent?  It looks like it's an effortless process. 

For those of us that have more ups and downs than steady consistency, there is hope!  

Having a powerful driver, or something you're going after, or an intense reason to achieve an outcome is all it takes.  Getting married is often a compelling reason to get in top shape. 

Some people are driven by the fear of losing something, or the pain of not doing something.  Those that have experienced a health scare often are driven to never go back to that place again, which is a powerful motivator.

A little less intense is to create something you want, state it as a specific goal or outcome, such as, "I will lose 10 pounds by July" or "I will fit in my college clothes by my reunion" or "I will run 30 seconds per mile faster by August 1st". 

It matters little what the outcome is, ONLY that what you're going after is meaningful to you. 

Then you will write out your goal, keep it with you, and read it several times throughout the day. 

I know that may seem silly but we all need constant reminders of what we're going after.  At first, it takes reading your goal over and over and over, and then that outcome becomes embedded in your mind.  At this point, your mind sorta takes over, and you suddenly discover all kinds of ways to make your outcome real. 

Big ideas/breakthroughs that help you get there come to fruition. 

Momentum kicks in in a significant way. 

Think about anything important that you accomplished, but once thought unattainable, and you'll find this same pattern. 

  1. Establish an important outcome.
  2. Write it down, and read it many times throughout the day until it's embedded in your mind.
  3. Take action on the steps that come to mind to reach your goal. 
  4. Momentum is created, and now all you have to do is keep that positive progress going forward.   

What would be really exciting or compelling for you to accomplish over the next 3 months?

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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