Why You Need to Find Your Event
One of the hardest yet most important lifestyle changes a person can make is to be healthy and fit. We now live in a world where it is far easier to go the other way and embrace sedentary, unhealthy lifestyles. We objectively know that isn’t good for our bodies or our minds yet so many struggle to flip that switch and embrace an active lifestyle. I encounter it frequently with my clients: they want to be healthy, but struggle to find the motivation to commit and look to me for help. I do everything I can for my clients and students but one lesson that I learned early-on is that I can’t want them to see results more than they do. Trainers and coaches like myself can certainly help, but at the end of the day, the motivation has to come from within yourself to make the plunge.
One great method that I’ve discovered helps that is finding an event for yourself to compete in. It can be anything whether that be an obstacle course race like Tough Mudder or Spartan Race, or really anything else as long as it’s going to push you. What this does is it changes what was before just a workout, into training. A workout is casual and easily dismissed: training isn’t. If you skip training you risk struggling far more than you need to in the event you’ve committed yourself to. Making that switch from simply working out to training can do wonders for your motivation.
Those of you reading this who are familiar with me know that I’ve been involved with and competed in MMA for more than ten years. One thing I discovered is that even though I’m already very self-motivated, I never train harder than when I have a fight or grappling tournament on the horizon. This is because having these events creates a sense of urgency in you to really crank up your training. It’s also my belief that having events that will push you and test you physically and mentally are great for forging good character and creating great memories. There is no better feeling in the world than overcoming challenge.
So tell me, what’s your event?