Motivation fades Discipline is forever
Getting and receiving motivation daily is a great way to start the day. It helps put you in a proper mindset for the day. Motivation help get the ball rolling for many is the hardest step. The only thing about Motivation is that it is feed of emotion. Some writers have said that emotion creates motion. That is true I will not deny that a lot has been accomplished when someone is either really angry or really happy.
The problem with emotions is that they come and go. The flee away and can change immediately based on events that happen in your life. For example you can had a terrible day at work and your boss chews you out about a problem that was not your fault. So you go to the gym to burn off some steam. The second before you begin tearing the gym up you get a text/email/ or call from your boss he apologizes for chewing you out. Now all that pent up emotion has been dissipated. Now you have this mediocre at best workout because you no longer have emotion driving you. Emotions are a double edge sword.
Discipline is what you need in your life. I look at discipline as rules that I have set in place that will not change no matter the circumstances. If I tell myself I will run intervals for 45 minutes. I will run intervals for 45 minutes period. I make a rule that I will eat protein and vegetables at every meal. You can look at my plate and see that I will be eating Meat and Veggies at every meal. Discipline can spread through many different areas of life such as: relationship, finances, nutrition, exercise, self-improvement, and social life. Having discipline will help develop habits. Habits will create the person that you are today. Discipline does not rely on emotion. It is a separate entity that works regardless of your emotional state. If you had a wonderful day/ or your worst day you will still do what your suppose to do.
Discipline equals Freedom.
It is simply in theory to change into the body you want or become the person you aspire to become. In reality it will take a long grueling journey with everybody including yourself l trying to keep you in the same position.
I am going to use myself for example whenever I tell people my goal is to get down to single digit body fat most people ask why? or say you’re already a lean person why do you want to lose more weight you’re fine how you look now. Now that doesn’t sound like a negative statement in fact most people will take that as a compliment. This is how I view that comment. When I hear this comment most people are telling your not to change. They are telling you to be happy with what you have and stay in your comfort zone. People are telling to stay where you are and just enjoy it. The reason why is because if you change who you are as a person the people around you will have to change as well. If you decide to stop eating out during lunch and start bringing lunch to work. Your co-worker, friends, family will have to start bringing lunch with them as well if they want to keep socializing with you or they can continue to eat out during lunch and they may not socialize with you during the lunch break. When you decide to make a change the people around you will have to make changes to accommodate the “new” you. If you decided to start saving money that could mean change in activities or less time bar hopping with your friends/family on the weekend. When something changes it effect everything around it.
Don’t think that the people around you are the only thing that keep you from your goals. Your biggest enemy is yourself. Whenever you want to make a change: Losing weight, gaining muscle, saving money, etc. You are making changes to who you are as a person. I can tell you first hand it is very difficult for me to lose weight. I was a basketball player and athlete, I was either the strongest or one of the strongest people on my team. My strength was something I took pride in. I had worked hard in the weight room to develop that strength. Now my playing days are over I no longer need the strength any more. My life has changed. Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to let it go. Just to let you know that I have the body type that if I look at a weight room I put on weight really quick. So in order for me to lose weight I would have to have a complete change in the way I worked out so that I can obtain my goal. I was afraid of changing what I have done in the past. I loved putting up heavy weight and now I had to give that up. I was comfortable with being strong and always lifting the same way but it was keeping me from my goal of losing weight. When I did change my workout I would get the results I wanted but.. I was getting weaker and I would fall back into old habits or I would look at the mirror and I felt I looked really skinny.( look skinny at 260 lbs ha ha). Mentally I was defeating myself I was afraid to let go of the past. Letting go is very difficult. Saving money is another exam. Spending money and going from check to check is easy. Saving is difficult because it is forces you to show restraint.
If you want change in your life then you must be willing to sacrifice or part ways with old norms in your life. From personal experience in order for myself to change I must be willing to sacrifice the strength numbers that I had worked hard to developed over the years. I must also change the way I workout to reach that goal as well. What I have done in the past in terms of training must be changed in order to become the new me. If I want to have more money in my savings account I must show restraint in buying goods, eating out as much. The willingness to let things go will allow you to make changes in your life.
Very simple in theory hard in application if you want to make changes in your life then write down what needs to be done to achieve your goals. Write down what needs to change in your life to reach that goal. Then follow the plan without looking back. That is how you make changes in your life
Coaching I am currently working with Brashier Middle College baseball and Basketball team and also doing assistant basketball coaching. I am really enjoy working with the High school teams. A lot of them it is their first time actually working out and it is a whole new experience for them. A lot of high school athletes don’t know what it means to be in shape. So we get a lot of complaints and kids whining and we aren’t doing anything to serious. We are performing the basics of strength training and conditioning.
I just finish reading the Book Becoming Bullet proof. It is a not a very long read but it goes in to details on how to improve your well-being and to strength yourself appropriately. The book is big on improving a person’s motor control. Regaining what we have lost over time. Some points they talk about is diaphragm Breathing which I personally believe is very important. They talk about the importance of Crawling, Rolling and Rocking the first basic movements of the human body and using those movements to help reset a person’s neural motor control. I thought it was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone in the fitness industry.
This is another book I just started and after the first chapter I am hooked. It talks about how our subconscious mind makes judgments and decisions on everything in our lives and that those instant decisions are just about as accurate as long drawn out decision that we make in our daily lives. I have only read the first chapter so I can’t write too much about it but so far I am enjoying it a lot.
If you are reading this blog then I will assume that you are well aware of how you nervous system works. If not you may want to Google nervous system and get to studying. Without the nervous system on would not exist. It controls everything that the body does. All the musculature, organs, movement in your daily life and without it you would be nothing. A lot of people tend to take their nervous system for granted. Remember the nervous system never gets a day off. So there are days just like the rest of your body your nervous system will get burnt out and when that day comes you will know. Now most people who are either athletes or type A personalities will push through those sluggish days. Sometimes that will be a problem because when you nervous system is not functioning at optimal levels your chances of injuries/illnesses will go up.
How can I tell if your nervous system is worn out? Dan John famous in the Health and Fitness word came up with a simple test he calls the pencil test. Very simple take a sheet of paper get a watch and see how many dots you can make in ten seconds. For more tech savvy people find a Space bar taping game. Count the number of dots made. Do this every day until you get an average of how many dots you can get in ten seconds. My usually average is between 75 –85 dots in ten seconds. Now let’s say you’ve been training pretty hard and you wake up one day and you are feeling very sluggish. Getting out of bed feels like Power cleaning 315lbs. You do the pencil test and you notice that you only able to get 58-62 dots. Your nervous system is probably not functioning at optimal levels. So instead of pounding away at your usually routine adapt your workout and give your body a lighter day so that it can recover completely. I personally have found when I do this the next day I feel fantastic. This way you’re allowing your body enough time to adequately adjust to the stimulus so you have less chance to worry about burnout. Adjusting your workout accordingly will save you from injury in the future. Remember that you cannot lift heavy and go 100% every day your body will be broken down. I recommend that listen to your body and adjust accordingly and you will be happy for it.