I must say it has been a while since I last gave you some “juice” to work with. I too have been slightly demotivated in the past couple of weeks. The truth is, as much as I would like to believe I could be Superman, I’m very much the Clark Kent type aka human.
We all experience bouts of being disengaged or demotivated, either because of external situations or within ourselves. Statistics get the better of us, the success of others gets to us, and time seems to be going so s-l-o-w-l-y that we feel like throwing in the towel and letting our gains diminish.
I can hear you sighing, and can see you nodding in agreement with that statement.
So…what do we do? How can we change the outcome tomorrow so that it doesn’t resemble today?
COMFORT ZONE – STEP OUT OF IT, STEP AWAY FROM IT, AND DISCONNECT FROM IT
A lot of times, our demotivation stems from doing the same things over and over and over again usually because we’re used it, we’re good at it, and, well, it’s easy.
This is where we become trapped. Stuck in a rut at the bottom of the hill, driving ourselves literally out of gas as we continue to accelerate thinking that we’re going forward when we’re not really going anywhere at all. Granted, as I always say “small progress is still progress” and this is true…but you cannot expect continuos progress to happen if you’re staying put in the same spot.
Make no mistake, this is not my way of saying “thanks for coming to class each week people but it’s time for you to go away and do something else.” Please please please do not take what I’m saying as such. But what I am saying is this: accept the challenge when presented to you. If your trainer asks you to run three laps around the building and you’re “comfortable” with just one lap, add two more and give it a shot. Yes, you will be winded in the process and just might experience a slight out-of-body-asthma-attack experience but you have just taken your limits and pushed it one step further.
Now you have a new goal, a new objective! That is motivating:-)
It’s easy to say “I’m sooooo much better at doing half squats so even though he told me to sit 90 degrees deep, I’m just going to stay where I’m comfortable…”
Remember: accept the challenge when presented to you. Try, give it a shot, do the best you can, even if it’s uncomfortable. It will be at first, until you master it, and you’ll need a new challenge. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!
In my experience with my clients over the past 7 years, I’ve watched people fight and fight and fight to stay in their comfort zone – from food to fitness – and I’ve had the privilege of watching them step out and experience amazing changes. If you haven’t yet done so, ask yourself – why not you? Of course I’m not promoting the idea of going from 10 lbs to 100 lbs in one shot (because that’s just ridiculously OVER ambitious) but more like 10 to 20 lbs?
Tonight I watched a client who has been stepping out of her comfort zone since she started coming to class take her efforts to another level, pressing weight with proper form that, at first, was pretty challenging. She re-adjusted, lifted, and handled that bar like it was nothing (I spotted her of course). She believed she could, and she did.
Everyone has the potential to do the same, not just because I believe you can, but because deep down inside, you believe you can.
So are you ready to accept your challenge? Are you ready for change? Well pack your bags, grab your stuff, and jump on the first flight out of your comfort zone…and let’s make it happen:-)
Until next time!
Trainer Profile: Kareem Rawlins
Experience Personal Training – 5 years | Nutrition Counseling – 3 years | Group Fitness – 3 years