“Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak
And when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up
But you gotta search within you
And gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that shit out of you
And get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face, and collapse”
Eminem “Till I Collapse”
That song was always the last thing I listened to before my races when I used to compete in track. It always seemed to provide that little boost in motivation, that little kick in the butt before I hit the starting line. But motivation is a funny thing. It can start out like an intense fire blazing, and then all of the sudden it’s gone. It’s one of those finite resources that we try to rely on too much. In the case of my race, it worked as my events were no more than 55 seconds, 60 if I was really slow that day. Motivation for a goal that is more long term is trickier.
When we start doing something, when we are striving for a particular goal, our enthusiasm and optimism are really high. But eventually there are hardships, bumps in the road, and one day, you just wake up completely unmotivated. Has this happened to you? I know it’s happened to me.
Sometimes its related to not seeing the results you want, or the fruits of your labor. Other times it just fizzles out for no rhyme or reason. You would think that as a trainer, I’d be motivated for my workouts all the time. But I am human, and motivation does fizzle out when it comes to doing my own workouts.
The question on your mind right now is “How do I get motivated again?”
What you need to realize is motivation is a finite resource, one that will always run out eventually. So it’s futile to rely on that all the time. What you need to practice is persistence and find that inner drive to do the things you want to do and achieve what you want to achieve.
Social media is filled with so much fitspiration that it can make you sick. They make you think everyone but you is constantly motivated to workout and eat right. That’s just not the case. When you start to lose that motivation to exercise, each meme can make you feel like a lazy shit. There was a solid month where I barely worked out at all. I did the minimum amount of work possible. That could have meant just laying on the ground with a foam roller, doing some mobility work, or just taking what my body gave me that day. Some days it was 100% nothing.
What I didn’t worry about was how much I wasn’t doing, or how lazy I was being, or how out of shape I’d get. I just let the moment be, realizing that this lack of motivation happens from time to time, and sometimes your body and mind need a rest.
Take what your body gives you and roll with it. Go ham when you feel awesome and 100%. Back off when you feel like crap.