Motivating yourself to do sports is a key challenge for many people. Sport is so important. Not only does physical condition improve significantly, but also mental state. More drive for everyday life, more endurance for tasks and challenges, more self-confidence – to name just three points … In this article I would like to share with you my thoughts on how we can motivate ourselves to do sports.
Thought 1: Sport is a reward, not a punishment.
It is true. Sport is exhausting. But sport is more than that. Sport is not a punishment for enjoying and maybe eating a lot. Sport is a reward. Can’t we be happy that we even have the opportunity to do sports? That we are healthy and able to move without pain? Others do not share this happiness. The feeling of what you have after a hard workout or after a hard workout is unique, isn’t it?
Thought 2: No fear of failure, fear of doing nothing.
Many are afraid to fail. Many are afraid of having to stop a run because they simply cannot do it anymore. Many are afraid of not being able to lift a weight. Get rid of it and use your fear by using it for yourself. I’m afraid of doing nothing. Scared of sitting on the couch rather than going for a lap. I’m afraid that I haven’t tried it. Be afraid of your guilty conscience.
Thought 3: Winners only see the positive.
Winning types have one advantage for most people: they always see things positively. They don’t see the pain and exertion in sports, they see the growth and strength they gain from it. You see no problems, only opportunities. Winners say: “It will be extremely difficult, but I can do it” – Losers say: “It will be extremely difficult, I will not do it.”
Thought 4: Setbacks and defeats lead to the goal.
It may sound strange at first, but that’s exactly how you have to do things. Bruce Lee once said: “A defeat only shows me that something is wrong in my actions. It shows the way to success and truth. ”Defeats and setbacks are therefore necessary steps for success. Remember, the next time you can’t do what you wanted to do. Learn from it and do better next time.
Thought 5: You do not know your limits as long as you have not been there.
People are capable of some things that sometimes cannot be thought possible. The only obstacle that is usually in the way is the head. Do you know your limits? Have you been there before? Maybe you can do more than you think. You can only take big steps if you push yourself to your limits.
Thought 6: “The man on the top of the mountain didn’t just fall there” – Vince Lombardi
Sport requires discipline and ambition. But it’s worth it. The effort and overcoming is only limited in time, the pride that you get from it remains. If you don’t have the super genes, you have to show commitment and will. Everyone who looks fit and good has to and had to work hard for it. As a rule, this does not come naturally. Be aware of that.
Thought 7: “A goal without a plan is a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Make a plan. Set goals. Be self-critical and evaluate your performance against your objectives – always. Without concrete goals, you will not know whether and how well you have progressed. Success is only measured by whether you have achieved your goals or not. No plan – no success. Plan your training, plan your diet, and you will quickly achieve success.
Thought 8: If your legs go limp, run with your heart.
The will is stronger than the body. It is a fact. When you can no longer, the chaff is separated from the wheat. Now it is decided whether you are making progress. If you can’t go on, keep going. As long as you really are no longer able.
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