It was great being around so many fitness enthusiasts with such positive energy at the Fitness Summit last weekend. I've been doing some reflecting all week and wanted to share my own motivation for staying active and fit.
I'll preface this post by saying that with no clear goal, there is no clear outcome. As a competitive person and someone who has been working out consistently for close to 10 years now, I see it as a way to compete with myself. We live in a results driven world and seeing first hand how you have either improved or taken a step back is both amazing and humbling at the same time.
What's even greater is that all the results of your hard work or lack thereof rests squarely on your shoulders. This can be said for many arena's where it is you against you. I've coined this the "Could've syndrome". An example of this is when I play a round of golf. When I finish my day on the course, my self-talk goes something like..."I totally could've nailed that putt or I can't believe I shanked that ball".
You could say that I am never satisfied and always looking to improve, which is true but certainly not the worst quality to have. A tough part of having this quality is how do you quantifiably track progress and improvement in your life. One of the easiest and best ways to do this (that I know of) is in the gym with your body. Losing weight, gaining strength, improving athleticism are all goals that are extremely trackable. Again, in order to track this you must have some sort of goal in mind.
A tough part of this personality type is that I often don't stop and celebrate my progress or "wins". An example of this would be my goal of deadlifting over 500lbs raw. As soon as I did that, I was like "Ok, that was easy, I could have done more, now lets get 600". Not, "Wow, I did it. That was awesome. Good job Mike. High five. Fist bump. Chest slap" This is a repetitive cycle, where I will continue to push so once I get 600 you best believe I will shoot for an even higher number.
This consistent and everlasting competition with myself continues to push me toward smashing new goals and hopefully soon I can learn how to appreciate the progress I have made....but thats doubtful.
Enjoy the grind!