Motivation vs. ‘Why’

What gets you motivated to workout every day? I have a ‘motivation board.’ It’s a board of pictures and quotes that represent part of my ‘why.’

So how is motivation different than ‘why’? I think often motivation and why can go hand-in-hand. Sometimes the why is to lose weight or to keep that weight off. Sometimes the why is to get over an addition, like quitting smoking and picking up running instead. Maybe the why is to relieve stress. The why often drives your motivation, but we often need more to push us each day. I also think our whys can change and mold as we grow personally, emotionally, and as we age. My why when I was in high school isn’t quite the same as my why now. But what motivates me to even do that workout in the first place? The short answer: a mixture of things. The long answer: seeing results in the mirror, seeing pictures of races I want to finish, pictures of toned and muscular bodies that I want to look like, quotes that really speak to my passion for exercise, and sweat. Sweat is like an addition. Once you get a good sweat from a killer workout, you have to have more of it.

Not all whys are as straightforward. If you really dig into your why I bet you would find that the same is true for you, that your why is more complex. I don’t workout just so I can finish a race and cross the finish line. I workout because I have to workout, it’s like an addiction. I workout because I need to relieve the stress from a long day of work. I workout to think over whatever it is on my mind that day. I workout so I can hear my name called when I cross that finish line.

Here are some quotes that get me motivated or keep me motivated and in focus when I’m working out:

  • “Train insane or remain the same.”
  • “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”
  • “What counts in battle is what you do when the pain sets in.” -John Short
  • “Sweat like a pig, look like a fox.”
  • “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” –Earl Nightingale
  • “To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” -Muhammad Ali

This is my motivation board. I look at the photos every day before a workout and, often, during a workout when training inside to keep me focused on my goal.

Motivation BoardYou know that feeling at the end of a great workout? Heart racing, drenched in sweat, muscles alive from the movement and rhythm of your body, almost out of breath, kind of feeling? That feeling, more than anything else, is my motivation and my why.

What is your why and what is your motivation to drive that why?

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