The One Simple Thing Standing Between You and the Motivation To Get Fit
Back in my 20’s, when I first got into the “fitness & muscle” business, my job was directing people’s energy. The motivation, drive and desire was unhinged. The challenge was in harnessing it.
Whether it was clients I trained, or readers of books, newsletters and Muscle Media, these guys were balls to the wall to get big, awesomely shredded muscle. I didn’t have to push, prod or provoke them but rather make sure they didn’t auger head first in turn one.
Yet, with each passing year that unstoppable motivation has withered. Today, more than ever, what my tribe of driven, over 40 achievers desire is motivation. Buckets of it, preferably.
By this age, having moved in and out of shape over a decade, two or more, we’ve tried a lot of plan, programs and systems. Our mind and book shelves are stocked with “how to” guides for every form of dieting and training.
It’s less the “what to do” that is in the way than the “why?,” these days. It’s in searching for that lacking motivation where people feel lost.
This is tricky terrain for while I’d love to fill you full of a BS story about some miracle from the jungle or caveman science (irony alert) and sell you while you’re hot with hope, I’m just not that sort of churn-and-burn guy.
You already have enough of these profiteers crowding your inbox. I tend more to the steady, honest and boring approach to exciting results.
Aside from the sweaty palms of a miracle marketing message, where does one find motivation? How do you get back that fire, faith and fury you once possessed?
I can humbly say I’ve studied motivation and written more about the inner workings than most anyone in the space. I have a step-by-step system called, “Motivation Mastery” that can help nearly anyone go from their current level of motivation to the most coveted of all; Mastery: The place where “doing” has given way to “being” and effort is a thing of the past.
Impressive? Maybe. Helpful? For sure.
Motivation’s Dirty Little Secret
But there is one very tricky thing about motivation. One most important of all things. And it is this that I believe stands between most aging adults and the motivation they are seeking.
This missing ingredient that undermines motivation is best captured in the parable, The Man, The Flood and God.
With a terrible storm brewing the town anticipated rising waters and alerted residents to evacuate.
One man of faith, hearing the warning decided, “I will trust God to send a divine miracle to save me.”
Shortly after the warnings were issued, neighbors came by his house and said to him, “We’re leaving and there is room for you in our Jeep, get in!” But the man declined. “I have faith that God will save me.”
As water rose, a man in a canoe paddled by and called to him, “Hurry and come into my canoe, the waters are rising quickly!” But the man again said, “No thanks, God will save me.”
The flood waters rose higher and higher and the man had to climb up to his rooftop.
A helicopter spotted him and dropped a rope ladder. A rescue officer pleaded with the man, “Grab my hand and I will pull you up!” But the man STILL refused. “No thank you! God will save me!”
Shortly after, the house broke up and the floodwaters swept the man away and he drowned.
When in Heaven, the man stood before God and asked, “I put all of my faith in You. Why didn’t You come and save me?”
And God said, “Son, I sent you a warning. I sent you a car. I sent you a canoe. I sent you a helicopter. What more were you looking for?”
The Moral Is
The point is even God is leaving the choice to act, to save yourself, up to you.
It is you who must act first. Motivation does not come in a jeep, a canoe, a helicopter to sweep you up and take you to fitness heaven. Motivation is all around waiting for you to step up, step in and take action.
Motivation is not the catalyst to action it is the result of your actions. It is not an active substrate acting on you but more like the echo reflecting your wants, wishes and desires put into action.
If you want to have something now, try faith. Faith that taking action will make the next action better, easier, sweeter.
Faith means to trust that which can not be seen or known. But simply to move forward in the absence of certainty, clarity or a that miracle of motivation.
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