Why torture yourself doing something that doesn’t come naturally? What is the real motivation to keep doing something when it only brings you pain?
I know, I know,.. what you are saying,
“WHY exercise, etc.. it’s just not me; it’s just so painful to start and it is just so painful to know what to do, it is just so painful to fit it in my schedule… I am more of an academic, I don’t like physical activity, it just doesn’t come naturally”
And to be fair, I totally understand…
I have struggled with being uncomfortable working out…
I could never join a step class because I had no coordination,
I quit karate after the first class because I almost vomited and passed out…
I joined the track team and took on the long jump, so I didn’t have to run too much. (sat on the runway and ate gummy bears during practice)
AND…I didn’t start bodybuilding until I was in my 30’s,
Oh I could totally tell you some stories… so here is the thing… I get it… I took the easy way out A LOT!
And while I am confessing… I SUCK AT anything technology… I am admitting to the fact that technology has far surpassed me and it frustrates the crap out of me!
I worked so hard on the latest blog and guess what, my computers didn’t sync with the cloud and now I lost all my changes. What the $%#@, REALLY, why bother, right!!!
Geez this is really painful!
PHEW… that was a lot easier to admit than I thought… and really why should you listen to me, when I pretty much just told you I suck at everything?
I would so rather be working out or writing a workout or reviewing the newest movement patterns, just training clients, things that feel comfortable or more natural to me, less painful…
Ah-ha!! Wait, I didn’t always feel comfortable or natural working out;writing the workouts, reviewing movement patterns, or even training clients.
Wait a minute… It took me exposing myself to the pain of doing these things, consistently, to reduce the pain of doing them.
“Bad habits are easy to acquire but hard to live with; Good habits are difficult to develop. A good habit results from a desire to work and sacrifice and sometimes a willingness to endure pain and suffering. But good habits are easy to live with. If you are willing to be uncomfortable for a little while, so you can press past the initial pain of change, in the long run your life will be much better. Pain doesn’t last forever, in fact, once you develop the new habit, the pain disappears.” Joel Osteen
In other words, I just had to do them consistently day in and day out till they became habit, apart of my process, as Joel Osteen says “..once you develop the new habit, the pain disappears.”
Okay… you really want to know the truth…
I really didn’t see a need to write or delve into the Social Media stuff, or even write a blog… it is so uncomfortable and so not necessary in my mind… (painful).
And really wasn’t there other people out there saying what I was saying and they may not suck as bad as I do..?!
Then I was introduced to a book by Brendan Burchard “The Motivation Manifesto”; WOW… was he talking to me?
Really… a book on “MOTIVATION”?!
This is how Burchard sees it… just do the work, ignore the distractions, laziness, or complaints of the work, don’t let it sideline or detract from your passion,
THIS is a mark of true greatness…And without intention and purpose, “true greatness” can be lost!
OKAY , OKAY I give…
Was I going to keep being that girl that was afraid to go to step class or sitting on the track eating gummy bears or was I going to be someone different, doing those painful things it requires to be better?
And after reading Burchard’s book it triggered something in me; it resonated!!
If I want to be my best I have to push myself to do those things that may or may not come “naturally”. And the more I do those “unnatural” things, the more comfortable and the more natural I feel doing them.
My motivation or my “WHY” I keep torturing myself doing those painful things…is when a client says to me..
“Thank you, what you said really hit home for me” or the one that says “I never thought I could do a pull up, push up or feel good in my own skin, till now” or this
“I have the power to change. I am strong. My health and well being are in my control.”
These are the words that resonate with me and keep me doing those painful things, those unnatural things.
Absolutely I SUCK, and absolutely I will continue to SUCK, until I don’t SUCK as much… YET when I know I can impact someone to be better than they were, than I know I personally am better off for it…
THAT IS MY MARK OF GREATNESS
This is what I can say to you about doing those “UNNATURAL” Painful, UNCOMFORTABLE THINGS (LIKE EXERCISE)
It takes doing the painful work to become your best, as Brendon Burchard says your “mark of greatness”
Just ask yourself this…
Are you willing to endure the work and the pain to make your “mark of greatness”?
Or is today just another day of living in your comfort zone?
I will continue my own personal, painful “uncomfortable, unnatural struggle” with technology because I know I am moving closer to becoming better, and hoping that I am impacting you or someone else to become better as well.
If you are struggling with the idea of exercise, eating and finding a healthier lifestyle, I would like to help. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a female entrepreneur and fitness professional, I have traveled a varied journey through this crazy world of fitness. I started my own journey as a young 12 year old seeking to find the perfect acceptable body. My own personal plan, started the fire, of self-accomplishment and empowerment, however it took a lot of twists and turns in my life journey, taking me from my 12 year old self to a woman in her 20’s diagnosed with fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism; to begin the process of finding my true purpose of today. It took those health issues to help me find my way back to rewrite my story. I use my journey and personal experiences of many ups and downs in health, to work right beside my clients to help them achieve their best self.