I’ve been instructing a boot camp for the last three weeks, and I’m pretty sure one of the ladies quit on me. There was an instance where she quit during an exercise and never came back. She felt I wasn’t motivating her how she needed it. Thinking back on it now, as a trainer, I should have stopped and talked with her and found a way to get her going again, but as someone who has to self-motivate everyday, I feel that she shouldn’t be relying on me for motivation. I hope she comes back, if only to show that she can get past her own obstacles and be the rock star I know she is.
This has really gotten me thinking about self-motivation. When do you stop relying on others and start relying on yourself? In anything, weight loss and other aspects of your life, nothing is actually going to get done unless you get up and do it. You can have friends urging you on, you can have a trainer telling you what exercises to do, but no one can do it for you. When things get hard in life, when you feel like you’re not treated right, do you just get to quit? No. You shouldn’t, at least. You should look whatever it is that’s stopping you in the face and say, “Get out of my way.” When someone tells you that you can’t do something, shout back at them, “Yes I can!” (In most instances, actual shouting might not be the best approach…shout metaphorically.) You have to dig down deep and find what’s going to get you through to the finish line. So my question for you, my sweaty followers, is what motivates you? What pushes you through to the very end?