Friday, January 29, 2010

How To Motivate Yourself

Many people learn different ways to motivate themselves to get to the gym and do their workouts, but nothing has worked better for my clients than a little imagination trick that I have used for the past 10 years. So make sure you are sitting down and relaxed as we go through this. Make sure there are no distractions and if you have any negative thoughts about this being psycho babble crap, then keep doing what your doing and when you lose your motivation, make sure you saved this post somewhere because you will need it.

Put a video image of yourself in front of you. Create this image on a faded screen that is very very small to where you can barely see it because of how blurry and small the image is. This image should be you looking fantastic, at your goal weight and smiling like nobodies business. You have your hands up saying, "Look at this new body" as you rotate around in a circle to see it all.

Now that you have that faded image in your sight, put another faded image right next to that photo, just as faded and just as small. But, look at this new image as if you were looking down from the skies above. This image is you on the treadmill, smiling and jamming to your music. You can see everyone around you checking you out and whispering to their friends, "Man! Look at how great he/she looks." You just are eating every little bit up as you keep trucking on with no tired feelings in sight. You are in the best shape of your life. Got your two images???

OK! NOW MAKE THEM BRIGHT! Turn up the volume on how bright and crisp the images look. The more you turn it up, the more you can see it from your own eyes without squinting. Keep turning it up until that feeling inside of you feels really good. Look at those two photos. Smiling and showing off your body in one photo and running forever in the other photo with an amazing feeling of pride rushing through your body. How awesome does that look? All that hard work and you are exactly where you want to be.

Now look behind you and you will see a different set of images that just makes your heart sink before you even turn all the way around to get a good feeling. You already know it is not good, as you get that feeling in your stomach as if your gonna be sick. This is an image you don't want in your life. You are laying back on the couch with your legs propped up feeling lazy and tired. Your falling in and out of sleep as the day goes on. Your face is pale and your muscles are weak. You've put on a lot of weight and you find it hard to get off the couch to even shower. There is some medication lying on the table that just reminds you of how much of your life has past you by and it is too late to get off the couch and turn things around. You just feel depressed and each passing day seems longer and longer.

You see the other image as if you were looking from above, staring down at yourself walking with your loved one, whether it's family or friends. Your loved one's are waiting on you to catch up as you trail behind, panting and sweating profusely. You can't seem to catch up and your heart is beating out of your chest as you stop and bend over, hands clasped tight around your knees as you feel your gonna face plant right in to the ground. It is the most distasteful image of yourself that just burns your soul to think you ever let yourself get this way.

I am sure that all you want to do is turn around and stop looking at those photos and start looking at the ones in front of you that give you amazing feelings throughout your body. But, as you turn around...those photos that were oh so beautiful are slipping away from you. They are moving further and further away and you stand there with confusion in your eyes as to what to do next. RUN DAMMIT! GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GO GET IT!!!

Those photos are slipping away from you and all you have to do is keep moving forward yourself. The faster you go, the quicker you reach those photos, but guess what??? The photos behind you are also moving. They are moving right in your direction and the more you stand still, the the closer they approach! Get it moving right this second and spend one single hour of your 23 hour day in the gym working hard so you can catch up to those beautiful images and feel those un-freaking-believable feelings in your soul!

How good will that feel once you get there and you don't have to even think about those images behind you anymore. How awesome will that make your loved one's feel too? I can see in one of your happy images right now your loved one standing behind you, checking you out and feeling prideful that you are ALL THEIRS.

Now get moving and make it happen!

Happy Training,

Adam Freeman
Fitness Director/Personal Trainer
O2 Fitness Personal Training

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