Running Your Own Race = How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Running Your Own Race = How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

My long time friend Shaun O’Gorman is the owner and founder of Focus WOD. Shaun is extremely passionate about getting out and helping people on their Crossfit journey and teaching people how to motivate yourself to exercise. He is a killer Crossfit Coach who uses the mindset techniques with Crossfit Athletes in their training getting AWESOME results for them and proving that it really works.

As you all know how much I love Crossfit training, I thought it would be great to get Shaun to share some knowledge with us about how to motivate yourself to exercise.Hope you all enjoy the read:

I couldn’t tell you how many times I have beat myself up because I haven’t achieved something someone else has when I have been training.. It might be I get a PB (personal best) in a workout then realise someone else similar to me got a better result and my achievement pales into insignificance. It’s so stupid. I’m not competing with them I am training to be a better me.

Too often in our lives we compare ourselves to others to gauge how well we are going or not. The problem with this is those people aren’t living your life they’re living theirs. When we look externally to decide whether we are achieving what we want in our lives it is a slippery slope that leads to ultimate disappointment and heartache.

This applies to your training but also to the rest of your life as well.

How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Your only competition is your mind, your fears and your doubts; anyone or anything else is irrelevant. This is such an important concept to get because otherwise the disappointment can lead to you not wanting to train at all anymore and asking yourself “what is the point?” with arms in the air. When you let how other people are performing mess with your head your performance will definitely suffer.

Have you ever been in the middle of a workout or a race and you see someone else going faster than you or lifting more than you and you think “Man I should be able to do that”? What happens next is your mind goes into overdrive about why you can’t do what they are doing, you doubt yourself and question why you even bother because you don’t get anywhere etc. your mind goes right away from the one thing it can control…Your performance.

When your focus is on you and you only then you will be able to perform to the best of your ability. You will be able to push to your limits and get faster, fitter and more focused.

how to motivate yourself to exercise

If you believe, you can achieve!

This happens everywhere in our life, whether it is the job you have, the relationship you’re in or whatever. We have been taught over the years to compare ourselves to others to judge how good we are in our life.

Let’s say you look at someone in training  who looks to be your size, strength and ability so you watch them to see what they are achieving as a benchmark for how well you are going. This is such a flawed way of judging yourself.

They could be an ex-elite athlete who is coming back from an injury, so therefore their experience, base fitness, technique etc may be 10 times better than you but you don’t know that. So they kick your ass and you think “I am hopeless why do I even try?” This then impacts your training, how you feel about yourself and possibly stops you training altogether.

WHO GIVES A SHIT if they beat you or not as long as you have given it 100% and couldn’t have done anything more, then you should walk away with your head held high, proud of what you achieved.

So remember, when it comes to how to motivate yourself to exercise you need to train and compete like you are the only person in the place, because as far as your results go…YOU ARE. What other people think or do is none of your freaking business.

GO HARD!

 

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About the Author: Shaun O’Gorman is the owner and founder of Focus WOD. Shaun is extremely passionate about getting out and helping people on their Crossfit journey, he is a killer Crossfit Coach who uses the mindset techniques with Crossfit Athletes in their training getting AWESOME results for them and proving that it really works.

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