Getting the body you want requires PERSISTENCE.
Persistence requires a state of ongoing MOTIVATION!
So if you want to achieve your goals, this post is worth its weight in gold to you.
I’ve listed 10 “golden nuggets” of motivation that will keep you training intensely for life!
(1) Think of the PRIZE, not the PROCESS
You must BEGIN with the END in mind. Why do people procrastinate and not go to the gym? Because in that moment, the work, the pain, the effort is more real to them inside their head than the pay-off.
Every time this happens to you, you must shift your focus to your end goal. Visualize your body looking and feeling exactly the way you want it to be.
Think of pleasure you’ll experience as a result of having this new body. Find pics on the net of physiques you love and want to replicate. This is thinking of the prize and not the process. When you value the prize more than the process, you’ll never skip workouts (I personally never miss a workout).
(2) Remember: Every Single Workout Takes You Closer
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Imagine your dream body is out in front of you – 1000 steps away. Every single workout is a single step forward towards that body. This will develop in you the needed discipline to be consistent in your work.The distance between dreams and reality is called discipline Click To Tweet
Also, remember this:
If you skip a workout, you can NEVER get it back. You’ll ALWAYS BE ONE WORKOUT behind where you could have been.
One step back from where you should be.
(3) Try a NEW Routine
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(5) Prove Assholes Wrong
Pardon my language on this one…but you know the score.
If there have been people in your life (or past) that enjoyed putting you down, wouldn’t you enjoy proving these a$$holes wrong?
There is satisfaction in looking at someone and thinking, “You’re not laughing now, you little prick”.Underestimate me at your own risk - and don't say I didn't warn you Click To Tweet
(6) Use Music!
I think most people are doing this these days anyway.
I would not enjoy my training as much without music blasting in my ears. What’s your favorite music to listen to while training?
(7) Get a Training Buddy
Should be fairly self-explanatory…
You can motivated each other. Help each other. Be accountable to each other (like not skipping your workout and leaving your buddy stranded). Critique each other’s form. Pick each other up if you ever feel like quitting.
(8) Set a Goal or Enter a Contest
Set a goal in the future to have a certain size of arms for example. Or to be able to squat a certain weight. Having a future date by which to reach a milestone is hugely motivating.
Entering a contest will also serve this purpose (especially if you need to cut and get lean).
Tip: Always give yourself a prize to look forward to at the goal date. Whether you achieve the goal or not, have a reward for taking on the challenge. Could be anything like a weekend at a nice hotel with your girl/guy, some clothes, or whatever turns you on.
(9) Use the Summer as Motivation
This is a common one for me. I don’t compete and have no interest in entering competions. However, I do use the summer as a motivating power.
I use it in 2 ways: to keep me focused on staying lean all year (find out how I do it here) and to keep training as intensely as ever during the winter.Summer bodies are made in the winter Click To Tweet
(10) Take a Week Off Training
You need time away from training for full SYSTEMIC recovery of the body. Over the long term this allows you to make better gains.
But it also has the psychological effect of getting you re-energized for training again. I recommend a week off every 10 weeks.
During this week watch training videos, look at pics, read motivating articles etc. to get really FIRED UP for the following week of gains!
Do you have any tips of your own? Please share them with me below. How do you get fired up for training?
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I agree with all 10 points. For me there is a more powerful motivation which may not be best for everybody and that is the negative motivation; I see people around me in every public place sporting beer bellies and sarcopenia and to me the blubber that society, through its psychopathic typically tobacco company owned commercial food industry, that it is willing to put in my body is more disgusting and more intolerable than an HIV positive rapist’s semen. the obesity epidemic is more than just obesity, it is the indifference that motivates taking advantage of people by paying them a minimum wage that leaves full-time workers homeless in poverty so that a few sociopaths can get rich and pretend that because they are rich they are better than everybody else, it is the junk culture that is replacing the symphony orchestras and opera companies and replacing beauty with ugliness. But maybe that is just me.
Any discomfort ascribed to the effort that goes into working out and making sure than no food you buy is from what I call the merchants of blimptitude is trivial when compared to the sanctuary, the shelter, and divorce from the kind of body society want me to live in my amateur bodybuilding as a way of life gives me.
Whenever I don’t feel like going to the gym (which isn’t that often) I think of how terrible I feel physically and mentally when I skip a workout. I know that once I get into the gym and start warming up, I will be ready to give the workout 110%.
I can’t help but marvel at no. 6. My personal favourite is AC/DC, tracks like TNT, War Machine, Hard as a rock, I become a fire breathing monster 🙂 Thanks Mark