“Motivation,” is a topic that comes up all too often. We hear of ways to stay motivated. Whether it’s to stay fit, run faster, eat an extra crispy cream donut, or not lose current fitness for whatever reason.
For the majority of mainstream public, having a full-time job makes one more pre-occupied, and less likely to stay properly fueled in maintaining a healthy way of life. The main factors I’ve learned that hinder motivation are as follows:
1.) Wasting time with unnecessary things in life.
2.) Overthinking. As a psychology major, you’d be surprised how greatly this affects people.
3.) Faulty support system.
4.) Lack of self-control and consistency.
“Wasting time,” is something I use to be a pro at, as years ago I would procrastinate the day’s run(s) later and later. On late night runs at 2:00 a.m., I would get my insanity questioned by Claremore Police. At times, I would typically shout back, “I DO NOT SUFFER FROM INSANITY, I ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!”
The Solution was simple. I examined why I was wasting so much time. For me, I’d be glued to the computer or something on the TV. A way I fixed this was simple: I got rid of my cable and internet. As for my productivity, well, it’s through the roof. At first there’s withdrawals, compulsive sweating, scratching, tremors, hot flashes, but once you get past that, YOU’RE HOME FREE!
As for number 2, “Overthinking,” it’s the demon of the four I listed. As I discuss the issue with my runner friends or kids I train, I’ll typically hear, “I have 10 things going on at once, I won’t be able to train the third Tuesday of every month from now on, and I have four squirrels that stalk my every move!”
My responses are typically simple, “CALM DOWN, BRO. BREATH IN, BREATHE OUT.”
In all seriousness, I’ll tell the person they need to take a step back and utilize that day in training. If the runner needs to run an hour that day, look at the schedule, call ahead to whoever needed, and set up a time and allow yourself to get out the door that day for training. And then repeat for the following day as needed.
To add, sometimes the runner may be banged up in training and need a day or two to rest. That means staying off the feet and NOT going out and playing volleyball for 22 hours straight. Go see a movie, kick back with the family and refuel the tank. Just don’t go have a hay day and bang yourself up more with other activities since you’re not training that day.
Ah, the all too popular, number 3. I’ve learned over time that who I hang around enhances, or declines, my ability to train and focus. If you’re hanging around people that are always condescending, you better believe that’s going to wear on you over time. I always try to kindly direct people to the right group of people to embrace a lifestyle one should have. Personally, a running club is a great way to hold oneself accountable. I would suggest such clubs like Jenks America, as they are lead by a positive coach, Mike Barber, who allows all ages and all speeds to join.
Let’s not forget number 4, “Lack of Self Control and Consistency.” A popular thing I tell new runners or someone that has not run in a while, is to take a step back and train every day for a month. Quite simple. The body will begin to accept this as a new habit, and even learn to crave it once you get past the threshold and develop it as a new habit. Some people get burnt, which is a rather simple thing to treat: “STOP ROCKY’ING IT EVERY RUN!”
Truth be told, you can go trot easy, you can join a slower friend and gossip about the latest thing Earl did, “Did you hear he bought a monkey?!”
*one month later on a future run* “Have you heard from Earl lately?”
*in response to the question* “Ha, last I heard he was whispering over the phone, saying his monkey was going to kill… Then, the line cut off.”
In summary, It’s a human flaw to overthink things and unknowingly deny ourselves the proper chance to succeed. Sometimes stepping back and examining your focus is the only way to re-motivate.
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