As she was watching my client work, I saw a look of amazement go across the spectator's face.
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She shakes her head and says, "I wish I had her motivation." She then walks off and leaves the gym.
What she didn't realize is that this client she was watching is in her fifth month with me, and has made leaps and bounds since her first month.
Her motivation level when she first started was nowhere near as high as it is now after losing more than 30 pounds, and doubling her strength. If you haven't been successful in your fitness efforts due to lack of motivation, by the end of this column, I hope to have helped you find yours, and keep it for life.
What is motivation? Is it some mystic force that you have to teach yourself to tap into like "The Force" on "Star Wars"? Not hardly.
Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to hit the gym and lazing around the house thinking about getting in shape.
It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals — and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. It all comes from internal desire, and being passionate about what you are trying to achieve.
Do you want to lose 20 pounds in the next 90 days? Why? Beach trip? Class reunion? Find a reason to get fired up about your goal, and let that move you into going the extra mile for it. That's how you get results in the gym, and everywhere else in life.
Are you willing to commit every ounce of blood, sweat and tears into getting the body you want? Are you willing to sacrifice some things in your current lifestyle to achieve the level of health and fitness you need? This is what builds motivation.
Nothing can be built from the outside. There is no such thing as external motivation. You won't do it because your doctor tells you to, you won't do it because your spouse wants you to and you won't do it because a super cool trainer shows you how it's possible.
You will do it when you get the proper fire in your belly to finally make it happen. when that fire gets lit, it's hard to extinguish.
My most successful clients are the ones who have made a firm commitment to being a positive hard head, have stopped making excuses, put their nose to the grindstone and adjusted their lifestyle around their goal.
Doing this produces results, and results are the ultimate motivation builder. Get yourself out of whatever excuse laden slump you're in and start creating the motivation you need from the inside by getting some fire in your belly.
Stop looking, and start building, today!
Chad Smith offers ways to get off that couch and get fit and healthy. He is co-owner of Home Team Fitness, LLC, a Hagerstown Personal Training company. For information, visit www.hometeamfitness.net, or find him on Facebook www.facebook.com/hometeamfitness.