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With today’s digital era there is no lack of inspiration—it’s incredible! We can find inspiration to fill our hearts and spirits in all our areas of interest, from art to fitness. It’s important to know that inspiration can come from others, but motivation is often found from within.
We’re beyond halfway through this year and like most of you, I set the intention earlier this year of making the biggest and greatest strides in fitness towards the results I’ve wanted. Then, life happened. Work became busier than I anticipated, family life was beyond hectic, and of course the balance between social play time and being hyper focused towards my fitness goals is a constant juggle. And let’s just be real for a moment—being an adult is stressful and somedays you just want to throw in the towel, but deep inside you know that you’re much stronger than life’s madness.
As we start learning about the athletes who are competing this month, I can’t help but wonder, what is the common thread in each of them that keeps them on this relentless drive? When I took some time to search for the answer, I came to the conclusion that each of them were taking it one day, one game, one step at a time. Although each athlete has their heart set on the championship and winning, they ultimately are more focused on giving it their best. An athlete is defined as a person who is proficient in sports or other forms of physical exercise, which ultimately means anyone can be an athlete and anyone can take on their goals with a relentless drive.
It’s natural for us to look at lofty goals in life and think they are hard to achieve because of how grand they are. A few examples include losing weight or tackling a large school or work project. Instead of addressing the large goal, imagine breaking them down into smaller more digestible goals. Let’s say you’re trying to lose 25 pounds in 6 months. Instead of starting your fitness journey with this in mind, start with the mindset of losing 5 pounds in a month, then another 5 pounds, and another. You get the picture. By breaking down your goals into smaller ones, not only are you more motivated because they seem reachable, but you’re more than likely to stay motivated because you are feeling accomplished every step of the way.
The best thing about fitness is that it looks different on every body and if you have a body, you are an athlete. You’re training for the best adventure yet, which is your life. I was asked in an interview the other day, “What motivates you to keep going?” Before I can even explain how or what, I have to answer tell you my WHY. When I started this fitness journey, I told myself I needed to become a healthier version of me. I didn’t know what that looked liked—there were no photographs that depicted this vision of a healthier version of me, but I knew that it meant I was in a for a lifelong journey of learning, growing, and redefining who I am every step of the way. The curiosity of finding out what you’re made of is one of the most exciting and motivating feelings I’ve ever felt.