There is one major difference between clients that seem to coast through their sessions and clients that truly make changes in their physique/attain their fitness goals; that difference is found in their motivation.
I don't remember exactly when or where I learned this, but the difference in effectiveness of intrinsic motivation versus extrinsic motivation fascinates me.
For those that may have not heard of this, or don't recall exactly what it means:
Intrinsic Motivation: Engaging in a behavior because it is personally rewarding (i.e. you do it for the sake of doing it, or because it makes you feel uplifted doing it).
Extrinsic Motivation: Engaging in an activity or behaving in a way because it rewards you externally (i.e. doing well on an assignment to get a good grade or not doing something in order to avoid punishment).
Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to work with a number of clients, ranging in their motivation from wedding fat loss to fit in a dress, to bulking up. Now, the interesting part is where the motivation is coming from. For example, while a wedding may be motivating, that motivation could come from deep down inside oneself, or externally.
Quick story about a client I had a year ago: Client A had a wedding coming up in about 3 months. She, like many other clients I have had, decided it would be best to go with a 12-pack to get 2x a week in for 6 weeks, and then she would reconsider buying a package. In those six weeks, she flipped her life upside down - she stopped drinking, she did her homework (at least 1x a week extra), and truly invested herself. Why? It was about so much more than getting into a dress (extrinsic motivation) - she was determined to be the best version of herself on that wedding day. She lost 3.2% body fat and gained 6lbs of lean body mass...in 6 weeks!!! It was truly exceptional getting to work with someone so passionate and ready to do what she needed to do, to get to her goals.
Let's get to a point here:
FIND YOUR INTRINSIC MOTIVATOR! There were even studies done proving that intrinsic motivation plays a bigger role in success than extrinsic. It's that drive that keeps you going even when all you want to do is give up. It's that thing that pushes that sugary treat away because the ultimate goal is better than the short term reward.
Here are is a question I would like to pose to help you find your intrinsic motivators:
Like a child might do, ask yourself this question repeatedly until you pinpoint why it is that you do what you do. If it doesn't boil down to something like, 'It makes me happy', or 'because I have to prove to myself...' (for example); you may not be intrinsically motivated to reach this goal, continue this job, be in this position, etc. This can often lead to compounding stress - which, as we know, can lead to all sorts of physical issues - and result in being defeated by oneself.
From there, make a plan.
Aaaaaand that is where I come in. I am here to make sure that you have something to work on at all times. This blog is meant to give you ideas of things that can ultimately change the way you live your life, in a positive way! Small, consistent, long term changes produce the best long-term results.
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