Do you always train with music? Because it motivates you to push that little bit harder, go that little bit faster, or just a little further?
Remove the extrinsic motivator for a second, and find out what’s really going on in your head. Turn down the noise. We like to enforce the occasional Quiet Time in some of our programming.
It’s called Quiet Time for a reason. Do not bring music, do not bring a friend, do not go to a crowded gym or area. Get inside your own head, be at peace with the silence and learn to motivate and push yourself when it is only you.
How hard can you really go when no one is watching? How disciplined are you to complete the work you’ve prescribed yourself? Why are you really doing this? You can learn a lot about yourself, when you learn what it means to be at peace in your own company. Because it’s easy to slow down or quit when it’s just you.
Preferably find somewhere in nature, with rolling hills or a good backdrop, where there’s no one around but you. Let your mind wander as you do.
You can train yourself physically and mentally at the same time, you’ve just got to go out and actually do it.
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The consistent application of basic training principles is the little key. The heavy door is whatever your reason is for training the first place. Every locked door opens easily with the right key. You can hard-knock the bastard, breach your way through and get what you need. But in terms of longevity, that door is cactus.
Motivation for the motivated is a funny thing, because it isn’t about motivation at all. A tiny portion of society know exactly what they want, how to get it and what they have to do to achieve it.
They don’t need to be pushed or motivated, they need to be controlled.
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