It’s hard to believe it’s been four months since I’ve last competed and even longer since I trained hard for something. I’m finding that the motivation to train is quite lost on me in these recent months. Why? Mostly because I’m the type of person who needs something to train for in order to push harder. I can’t just train to “be healthy” because, well, that’s just too easy.
This guy knows what I’m talking about… *points to guy slurping on a Coke in the corner*
What Can Make You Better?
Honestly, another reason I believe I’ve been lacking motivation lately is because I met one of my “lifetime” goals for weightlifting, which was to qualify and compete at the American Open. Granted, it was during a year where the qualifying totals were very low, which increased the competitor list to a whopping 950+ athletes. But, hey, I still worked my ass off (or on??) to compete at that event!
Anyway, I’m looking toward new challenges. One, of which, is building this website into a great resource for strength athletes and coaches, but I have a few others unrelated to strength training. Lately I’ve been really interested in learning about self-improvement in all areas and business (yes, “business” is a general term, but I am trying to learn as much as I can about everything within the business realm).
As I read more and more books on these topics, I find that they can be related back to pushing harder in the gym. I’ve had a hell of a time the last couple weeks (just turned 30 so, you know, several gift cards :)) buying new books. It’s actually extremely hard to pick and choose which ones you should read because there are so many good books available! Though, I think I picked a few great ones thanks to stumbling on to some and recommendations from Pat Flynn, owner of the Smart Passive Income podcast and just an awesome dude. No, I haven’t met him, but all the content he puts out is amazing and top-notch. I highly recommend you check out his website and podcast.
New Books for You to Find Motivation
Below are some of the awesome books I just picked up and cannot wait to read. I feel that any one positive action can begin to create a domino effect for improved habits toward other actions, which can ultimately help you crush your goals and keep you motivated.
- Will it Fly – Pat Flynn
- The School of Greatness – Lewis Howes
- Crush It! – Gary Vaynerchuk
- The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown
- Bulletproof: The Cookbook – Dave Asprey
What To Do Next for Motivation?
If you’ve lost motivation like I have, you may just need to find something to challenge other abilities. This could very well be other physical capacities, but it may be something completely different. Again, I set a goal to read at least one book per month in 2016. It may not sound like much but, believe me, I read really slow, so, if I can accomplish this, it will be a huge success.
In keeping up with my reading, I’m learning more and staying motivated to make myself better in every way possible which, as kind of a side effect, has also allowed me to continue to train hard and, more importantly, WANT to train hard.
Try to find that “something else” that may push your training up a notch. It’s like trying to find your car keys; it’s not always the conventional way of thinking that will help you find what’s missing.